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Mid-Fat Recommendation

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I'm getting overdue replacements for my 182cm Salomon Super Forces. I'm an expert skier, 25 yrs old, 5'9", 145lbs, about 35/65 on/off piste. More off piste as the conditions dictate. Grew up skiing all the time, but now as a Southerner I get about 2 weeks on the slopes a year - 1 in Killington, VT (usually spring) and 1 out West (Utah, CO most recently - Whistler next). I love the trees and bumps - rarely ski groomers unless the conditions force me to, but if I do my turns are short and quick. Also would like a little more float for West.

After visiting and few shops and reading reviews, I've found myself coming back to the same few skis. Any opinions on the best for me? Should I be checking anything else? Unfortunately, I won't be able to demo. Here's my list so far-

Rossignol B78 - hear good things about bumps (B2). Cousin has older B1s- loves them.
Rossignol B83 - seem to be more well-liked all around, but worried about quickness in bumps.
Dynastar 8000 - almost universally adored on this forum, quick enough for trees/bumps
Fischer Watea 78 - can't find much on them, any opinions? - local shop recommended
Fischer Watea 84- same as above, will they be quick enough in bumps?

Thanks in advance. Great forum.
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I am skiing a 86 waisted ski in the (Kton) bump and they are fine. Any of those skis are fine, but they are a different flavors, none of them are like the Salomons that you have now in character.
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I like the 8000s (very graceful ski), and have been hearing good things about the Wateas. Don't overlook some of the mid-fat Head models (im78, im82). Some twin tips, like the K2 Public Enemy and other similar skis, are quite good for the type of skiing you mention.
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Phil how did you like the Titan 9's in the bumps?
Would the Blizzard Cronus be a good ski to had to his short list and possibly demo?

Ty liked the Elan 888's in the bumps and in fact looked amazingly smooth.
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Originally Posted by bas5982 View Post
Rossignol B78 - hear good things about bumps (B2). Cousin has older B1s- loves them.
Rossignol B83 - seem to be more well-liked all around, but worried about quickness in bumps.

I bought some B2s last season when I was getting back into skiing. 170s iirc. They're easy in bumps, but I didn't think they were much fun - too soft. You don't have to fight your equipment, but it doesn't give back much of anything either. And not much fun on icy groomers. I replaced them with a stiffer, wider ski at the tail end of the season (PE) and liked it much better. I'm 5'8" 145 myself.
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