Originally Posted by Kanuk
Last year I demoed the Soul 7's and they seemed too wide for my liking underfoot. I've got old worn out knees and rightly or wrongly felt that under 100mm might be better (myth?). I'm also looking for a ski that has some forgiveness built into it.
The Bonafides, Mantras, Monsters, and so on seem to be more ski than I'm looking for. Nowadays I very rarely ski like my hair is on fire so the hard charging skis seem redundant to me. I'm thinking my choice of category would be a level below the skis I mentioned above.
In any event that's why I landed here looking for advice. There's a ton of knowledge on this forum, that's for sure. In retrospect you're probably right about the Sin's. So I guess I'll have to get off my lazy butt and get serious about this. ;o)
I dont like those stiff skis either (Mantras etc). The middle of the spectrum is where the most fun is. I am fond of the Nordicas but there are many options. I like skis that are easy to turn and fun. I do not like to work when I ski. But I want a ski to be very versatile. The Sin 7 just felt blah. The thing is just because a ski is a certain width it is not going to behave a certain way. I have been on some >110mm wide skis that are more fun, easy and turny and fatigue me much less than some skis around 90mm wide. There are many other factors but turn radius is a big one. I searched for a one ski quiver ski for years and tested a lot of skis until I honed in on certain characteristics of skis that I really like and now know what to look for. Best way is to test.
Again my recommendations come from me being an advanced skier, 6-2 180 lb and ski in-bounds all over the mountain but mostly advanced and expert runs, moguls, trees, powder, chow, crud, windblown steeps, steep groomers at reasonable speeds (under 40mph) etc.