Hi albertanskigirl, yeah, I ordered the DPS (the hybrid version, not the pure), it's actually gonna get delivered this week.
I actually got to demo the 2016 Brahma in 180 this past weekend, and did like it a lot. Found it to be both playful (and surprisingly light overall and in swing weight), stable under speed, and easy to engage and release the edges. I didn't feel as locked in during front side carving compared to my Kastle LX82 of course which is a full camber, but I think it'll definitely be a good candidate in getting me to start skiing some more of the off piste and tree skiing.
Hmmm.....that's a little disappointing to hear about what your guy friends said....likely be a too much of a pain to return it, etc. In a way it'd be ok since I still do primarily ski front side, but as I mentioned, looking for a ski that'll help me transition to the off piste. Worst case, I guess it'll be an interesting alternate option on front side skiing days to my Kastle.
But yeah, did enjoy the Brahma, so it's still on my future wish list. The guy at the shop said he tried the 2017 version, and prefers the 2016 (really 3-4 years before that as they were pretty much left unchanged except for the graphics) as he thought the carbon tips actually diminished some of the dampness and became chattery at times (of course this on the sub par snow conditions, which I still love, in the Northeast, specially in norther PA which is worse than in New England).
Yeah, I had thought about Volkl in the past, and the impression I got was that it may actually be too stiff, so great for carving in the East and mixed conditions, but not necessarily for bumps and off-piste. Of course at the end of the day, it's the skier and not the equipment, so best thing I'd imagine is to demo a bunch and see what suits me personally the best. Unfortunately, very bad season in the Northeast, and I'll likely be done for the season in about a month :(
Thanks for the input!
Originally Posted by albertanskigirl
@catalystman80 Not sure if you ordered the DPS Cassiars, but a number of my guy friends demoed those and did not like them. Described them as too noodly for what you are looking for - a primarily front-side ski, with some off-piste capabilites. I like the Brahma as well - it's one of my favourite skis I tried last year. Have you considered the Kendo as well for what you want to do?