It's time to refresh my gear, but I am incredibly specific. I am currently skiing on a pair of head i.xrc from 2006 that are about to die . I have been reluctant to replace them for the last 4 or 5 seasons because I love them so much, but I need a backup because I am expecting them to explode and lose a tip with every turn these days.
I have always been impressed by these skis. I like a short ski (I'm 5'6" and I ski on 154) with a tight radius that's rigid and heavy. The wood core of this ski has toughed it so well through the years and is just as exciting a ride as the first day I used them. The edges are going and the core is exposed in places but there is still so much pep in these skis it makes me dread shopping for a replacement. I want a ski that will be just as fun and resilient but where to start? It seems the technology has changed quite a bit since I bought these and I would like the input of people who know the skis I have, the way the equipment has evolved and what is on the market now that would be similar. Anyone have some advice for me?