Reviving the thread - been demoing some skis, pretty confused, need help :D
Unfortunately, I can't compare everything apples to apples, conditions have been varying widely here in PNW.
1st pair demoed: Atomic Vantage 100CTI - 180cm
Fresh snow day, pretty dry too, which is not typical here in PNW.
Loved them off-piste, steeps, moguls. Have never been so confident skiing moguled doubles before - they turn so easy it feels like cheating (vs. my full-cambered Sultans anyway). That said - snow was pretty good.
Did not like: they were pretty chattery on cruddy groomers, especially at speed. The tips were just all over the place. Serviceable, but definitely missing that charger feeling. Wouldn't set the edge, really.
2nd pair. Blizzard Bonafide, 180cm
Same day as above (second half of the day). Different terrain, no doubles, just some bumps here and there and on-piste.
Was pretty tired by then, so it could be affecting the impression.
A lot more stable, no speed limit on piste. Somewhat harder to turn in loose stuff and moguls, releasing tails not as effortless and the Vantage. Feels like lots more work to ski.
3rd pair. Nordica Enforcer, 185cm.
6 inches of tracked snow on top of frozen layer. Fairly steep terrain, some open, some trees. Bumps. Scrapy bumps and less scrapy bumps.
In steeper terrain, I felt behind the ski a lot - finishing turns was a problem. Then again, it could be me in that terrain, not the ski.
Lots of attention needed to drive them, felt long (my current ski is 178, but it's a full-camber ski). Enforcers next size down is 177 and I thought that with a rocker, it would be too short.
Staying forward was work. In tighter trees they were pretty long to deal with.
In less steep though, they felt great, they did bumps and chop just fine, and they had no speed limit like Vantage did.
Somehow, despite falling behind on them, I liked their feel in everything but the steep, cruddy, chopped up snow with frozen layer underneath.
The main question I have I guess - does it make sense to try 177s, and could the skies overpowering me be an issue of length?
I'm 5'11', 190lbs.
not sure what specific advise am I looking for - some thoughts, I guess.