Originally Posted by Liam
You know, I've shadowed most of your posts-I think I've come to really appreciate your skiing gear philosophy (if not always the manner in which it's deliver-oh well, everyone has their own rhetorical style)-a good skiing buddy of mine spent every day in the east last season on Dynastar 8800-and he skis far tighter and faster lines than I can on Killington's bumpiest terrain.
I'm thinking about taking the fatter ski plunge in the upcoming weeks-have you tried the The Stockli Dps in a shorter length (184)--I'm pretty sure I don't ski quite at your speed or level-but I wondered if going 10cm shorter in that ski significantly raised it's all-east use factor. If not-do you have any love for the k2 outlaw (another fatter ski contender)?
Dynastar makes great fatties if you prefer a lighter feel, most of thier boards are foam with wood stringers. I never used to like them until I got the bigs, and they took some getting used to (also had to mount them -1cm). My housemate skis 189 inspired and is the same size as me, they work fine and hold up to abuse.
I haven't skied the shorter DP's, just the 201 'roids that I have which are virtually the same thing. I almost bought the 186cm ss/dp (last years) this year as my all around ski, before I saw the Head im88. The DP's would have been good, but I think a little too stiff and beefy. If you weigh 200lb they will be fine, but at 180lb they may be a little much for me all day, and not as fun. Stockli's aren't super stiff like volkls, but they are pretty heavy and damp. I can't really comment on the new 184, 94 wide DP, but for an agressive skier around that weight range (180-200), I think it would be pretty good.
I haven't liked a pair of K2's yet, I'm just not a fan of torsion box skis (that includes volkls). I think they have a very dead (not damp) snow feel.