Originally Posted by utahskier
How much is the sidecut of the 8800 going to make a difference? I would go from a 114-75-102 to a 117-89-110 (not sure on the tail of the 8800). All the archived reviews I read seem to really like the 8800...I'm just concerned that I will lose a lot on the groomers. I really like the feel of dynastars, though.
Thanks for all the input on skis! I'm going to start seeing what kind of deals I can get on them.
You will notice many differences - and will most likely need to be patient in learning the wider ski. Similarly to you, I went from a 74mm waist, recons, to the 8800 beginning of last season. Didnt like the 8800's too much the first day, or the second. After a few days on them I liked them a lot and then skied the recons to compare. In short, the recons did not perform off-piste like the 8800s and I eBayed them right away. Regarding groomers - as long as the snow is soft, west coast - no problem. However, they are definitely an off-piste ski. As you mentioned skiing 35% groomers - I would hesitate recommending the 8800. Never skied the 8000, but given your weight, hieght and the 35% groomer factor, narrower may be more appropriate.
Hope this is helpful and doesnt add to the confusion...