Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Great equipment can make you better, but no single ski is yet great for everything. You have to look at what you want to accomplish and equip accordingly. A diverse quiver allows you to achieve your potential at a wider range of terrain and skills.
As almost always is the case my good friend cirquerider offers wisdom here....I have 2006 168 Allstars in the closet ready to go for next season. I have several pairs of skis retained as serviceable in various conditions and I expect to retain them/ I'll spare you the list, it is long....I likely will also seek a mid fat, tho not truly needed, I am kinda hunting around for some K2 xp's - I ski eastern hardpack
tho so it's not a huge priority, I expect big versatility from the Allstars with the 70 waist....bottom line if you are truly dedicated to something as a passion/hobby you acquire and retain gear and shouldn't be ashamed of it....I also have many guitars - electrics and acoustics and several amps, different tones and feel for different tunes...it's all the same. Playing the blues or cruisin the blues, ya gotta have the gear!!!
A suggestion not often read in these parts tho might be to shop last years gear for your 2 ski quiver...Volkl - in lieu of the big $$ (new) Allstar and AC, seek out the 6 star or even 5 star leftover....for your other ski 7 24 exp or pro or a previous model Volkl fatty...the technology is there and you will save hundreds. K2 - grab a pair of hellfires(discontinued) or last years crossfires and a pair of 2005 recons...again 2005 stuff isn't junk..you can even be brave, do some (yikes) cross branding....it's not a crime. I'm with you tho, currently I am a Volkl guy...tho I've been an Olin guy and a Rossignol guy and a K2 guy....it's really all good!
..but if you got the dough....I'd go with Cirquerider's prime suggestion...nice short pair of motion Allstars and a pair of sweet fat Mantras....yep that's a rig there fer sure......whee!!!! Yep, you got the dough, worth every dime that....
Regarding Strider....dude keep those 1080's my kid has several pairs of skis and he loves em most still......esp for climbing (lightweight) and the super steep stuff he likes to do (Tuckerman's) that is just a no brainer! Plus they are the bomb for going backwards