Originally Posted by GarryZ
My 87 waisted 8800's are the most versatile skis I own. When they get too worn I may replace them with Pro Riders that is a a bit fatter .If you can ski powder often then a fat ski is a great purchase but I need a ski that skis well in uneven terrain as well as hardpack and powder
Maybe I should demo the Titans also . Good idea. Thanks Phil.
I own skis from 72 to 105mm and have an additional 30-50 shop demos and various loaners to play on. The width that I would keep to "live with" would be 84-92mm. Actually, the little width increments are not that important...it is the personality of the ski.
If I were to build a quiver now....my first choice and starting point would be the Mythic Rider. For my second choice, I'd select something in the low-mid 70's such as a Contact LTD or a Nordie M-3 Carbon, for when it "ain't snowed lately". The last one I'd add to my quiver would be something in the 100mm range. My current fave here is the Gotama although I still like my Sugar Daddies and there are a lot of skis in this range that work well.
We should all keep in mind that this is not really a mad rush to really fat skis by the manufacturers. This is an incremental change and many of the new skis that we are seeing are replacements for something that was pretty similar. The Tigershark 10' for example is 73mm. This is a carefully considered 3-5mm jump over the direct ancestors the 5* and All Star. When the Nordie Mach 3 went to 72mm, it was replacing the speedmachine, a ski that was 70mm wide. Sure there are skis like the 90mm wide Hellcat, but the companies are not touting these as skis for the 90% groomer skier.
It pretty funny how sometimes we get overwhelmed by our own fatheadedness and we all start thinking that we are smarter, more connected, more on the cutting edge, etc. etc. than the folks who design and test skis for a living.
But of course...................we aren't.