For the last number of seasons, I've been running a three ski Volkl quiver: Mantra, Gotama, and Kuro (plus backcountry setups, I guess). The Mantra was intended to be a cold snow groomer day ski, and while I like it, I want to get something way more groomer/hard fast snow specific.
I don't really want the ski to do anything other than rail hard carving turns - seriously, I don't want to make any compromises, I have other skis for other conditions. I'm not much of a ski tech, but after doing some research and talking to shop guys, I was pointed in the direction of the Head Titan. I demo'ed it yesterday. Awesome ski. Amazing carving turns, in the soft spring snow I could pretty much drag a hip throughout the turn which is exactly what I'm looking for.
My only two problems with the Titan were 1) I think I can pretty easily overwhelm the ski. I'm going to want to go way faster than it will and at my 230 pounds (ex-linebacker, ex-competitive skier), I can bend that ski like a pretzel. Both of these are partly because it's longest length is 177cm. 2) I think it's ultimately too short-turning for what I'm looking for. I want to carve, yes, but maybe not quite at the slalom level. I don't want to be full GS, but the 177cm ski is listed at about a 15m turn. I'm thinking a little longer would be a better fit.
I've been looking at the Head super shape Speed, partly because it seems to be more narrowly focused on carving (narrower waist), longer turning, and comes in a 184. Do you think this is a better setup, or should I be looking somewhere else altogether?
Thanks in advance!
About me - 6' , 230#, 30ish years old, ski very aggressively. Skied since 3 years old, grew up at a ski area, competed through middle and high school. Have skied all over the world, now based in Idaho