Objective: acquire a versatile freeride ski for my trips out west.
Background: 6', 165lb, 24y/o, ex-racer, charge all over the mountain
Terrain I ski when out west:
Freeride Skis demoed last season:
Avoid moguls if I can, but will ski them when i need too.
Groomers only when I am with friends who do not ski off-piste.
Love steeps off-piste but also spend a lot of time shooting in and out of trees and off of small cliffs (10-15 feet).
- Line 90, 186cm - Killington - 18"+ fresh powder.
- K2 Recon, 174cm - Snowbird/Alta - no fresh snow. crud, moguls, groomers. Needed to hunt for some fresh tracks.
Great ski for what I was skiing in, but didn't like how it slid out when I hit some icy-pack underneath the powder. Not sure I like the twin tip and the more center mounted stance. Did enjoy stomping landings in the powder.
Current ski quiver: Fischer WC's, need i say more?
This is close to what I am looking for. Would like more stability on big pitches and a little more crud/pow performance. It seemed like it could get rattled on steep uncut/windpacked faces.
OK, so after studying the forums for some time, I pulled the trigger on the Monster 88's in 175cm. Dawgcatching and Maddog's reviews are what sold me on the ski. Now I am starting to think the 175cm will be too short for me and the 186 definitely seems too long to work in the trees and the occasional moguls that I ski.
So my questions...
For those of you who have skied the Monster 88 in 175, does it fit well for what I am asking it to do (given my size and weight) --- OR --- am I in between sizes (175, 186) and should look elsewhere?
One thought i had was to get the RFD14 bindings and mount them on the 175cm. I can slide the binding back when I am in the bowls and bigger mountain stuff to give me more stability. Has anyone tried this? Does it really make a difference?
Dawgcatching -- I read your reviews on the 88's and the Magmas. Do you feel that the Magma would work better for what I want out of a one-ski quiver? With their wider waist this year, they might be a better "go-anywhere" ski for me. I have a friend at the local shop who keeps pushing me on the Elan's.
Second guessing your ski purchases can become an expensive habit. Any insight you gear-gurus have would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry for the long post, but hopefully this will avoid some questions later.