I have been skiing for about 16 years, with a couple years of snowboarding in between. I haven't skied in the last several years, but am getting back in to it. My uncle gave me a pair of rossignol mountain viper 184s (20 yrs old?) in great shape, took them to the shop and had them adjusted and sharpened/waxed. On the mountain the other day, they gripped well but just seemed to bulky for me. I couldn't turn as quick as I'd like, and they just seemed too big.
I'm 6'0, 130 lbs. I'd say I'm intermediate level...I can occasionally ski black diamond runs. We only ski with local school ski club about 6 times per year. Not much powder here in pa (blue knob), mostly groomed runs. I wear a 28.5 boot.
I know some of the issue with the skis was due to me being rusty, but it never really got any better throughout the day. From what I've seen, my skill level and intermediate level of skiing puts me more in the 165-175 range for an all-mountain ski.
My budget is around $400.00. I have seen some decent sets on the-house.com, such as rossignol experience 75 and 80, but don't want to pull the trigger if I am making a bad decision.
My local ski shop is good, but quite expensive, and tailor toward the upper end of prices. Renting would work, but the amount spent in a year or two could buy me a pair of skis. I'm learning that ski selection is a science. Any pointers would be appreciated.