Originally Posted by skibugged
I want to add a new ski.
1. Ski mostly in the east. Poconos, Catskills, etc.
2. Primarily groomers.
3. 5'6" 155 lbs
4. Advanced Intermediate?
I currently have the Blizzard Magnum 7.6 @ 163, Kastle MX78 @ 160, and Kastle BMX 98 @ 168. I'm looking for a ski to go between the MX78 and BMX98. I'm thinking 88mm under foot. I'm leaning towards Blizzard Brahma, Elan Amphibio 88, Head Monster 88, or Kastle FX84. I need this ski for typical northeast groomed slopes after some traffic. Length recommendations will be much appreciated.
For the places you ski, the skis you own seem OK, although the MX78's are too short and you have massive redundancy. First, could you explain what it is about these that aren't taking care of business, or which you would replace? "After traffic" can mean a lot of things; most folks would use their MX78's for that unless it's really soft, in which case the BMX's come out.
That said, at your size, and where you ski, I'd recommend you look at some other skis besides the one's you mention. Fischer makes some really nice do-all skis, Motives, that would work nicely for a lighter skier, either at 86 mm or 96, and Scott's The Ski would be a really nice approach to bumps and trees on softer days. Both are good in crud. The FX84 is a great ski, literally, but isn't that different from the MX78 to justify owning both. (Of course it's also hard to justify both the Magnum and the MX, but that's another issue.)
So any way you cut it, you have serious overlap unless you sell something. Personally, I'd lose the short 78's and get the FX's. Or lose the BMX's and get The Ski.