hey fellows, after 'skiing' in the forum for months and benefiting from all sorts of discussions, I've finally officially registered and I'm ready to post my first thread. As a rookie to the forum and skiing, it all begins with a question.... about the skis
A little about myself before getting to my question: located in Northeast Icy zone, started skiing three years ago. Learnt skiing in the small and Icy northeastern resorts with roughly 25+ days per season spent on the mountains. Began skiing Mountain collective and Epic resort since the second season, and could not survive a winter without skiing in the western mountains after it all began.
Weight and height: 145lbs and 5'9" (176cm), have been trying to gain weight to better bend my skis but no much of luck so far
Level: intermediate advancing to advanced
On piste - could ski comfortably on Diamonds, but slow and kinda limping of big moguls; could carve a little bit but mostly skarve( skid and carve); like skiing fast (30mph<speed<45mph);
Off piste - really really love trees, able and dare to ski fairly tight but not crazily steep tree lines; love open trees trails and big bowls; on good days, willing to hike any length to get to a good spot.
Have been staying away from parks and intended to keep it that way
Current equipments: 173cm Bonafide (2014 version) , bindings on the recommended line
Pass holding: Epic, target resort for this season: 10+ days Vail&Beaver creek&A-basin&Breckenridge; 5+ days Park City; 10+ days Killington&Hunter......
I have been in general happy with my Bonafide except a few caveat. First and most, they could ski heavy in trees and float has been an issue on deep days. I have to stay in the front in order to keep them under control. I have little chance to relax myself. A lot times, I need to maintain high speed in order to turn comfortably. This become an issue when I was on a multiple days trip. The Bonafide is indeed DEMANDING. I do like that they are stiff enough for carving and handling difficult conditions in Northeast, I'd like them better if I could bend them enough tho. Sometimes it's obviously too stiff for my weight, or my slow speed, or my less polished skills.
SO...I have been looking for a more fun and powder friendly skis. I demo Soul 7 for couple days back in 2015, in not-WIDE/powder-ski-deal conditions at Whistler. They did not impress me and I had to switch to carving skis. But that was just a bad year. I demoed Super 7 the past season in fresh Cali powder conditions and really liked them in powder. I found I'm not a big fan using them on piste tho, Edge switching tend to be slow. So..... after these little demoing experience and reading A LOT reviews, I purchased a pair of 172 Soul 7 (2016). And... I was brain washed by some cool skiing videos of pro skiers and bought the Atomic Automatic 109 in 175cm length. In the meantime, I'd like to keep my Bonafide for normal days. So... I had to decide to keep the Automatic 109 or the Soul 7...
There is very little discussion about Automatic 109, I hope fellows here who has first foot experience could share some light to help me make the decision. THANKS in adance, and please excuse me for my lengthy thread. It's summer, we have a lot time for discussion any way :) Cheers!