Originally Posted by allan o'neil
There have been so many threads/discussions about this ski...mostly very positive opinions...that I have to ask the following question: Especially price considered...but not necessarily...what other skis in that width range offer substantially better performance in such areas as bumps, moderate crud and powder and groomer performance(Level 7-8 skier). Leave the twin tip issue to personal preference.
For me, it's the PE...
I also love the Atomic Snoop Daddy, and some others, but overall, the PE does everything very well and it's just so much fun.
I've been through alot of midfats (80-90mm skis are almost considered "skinny" anymore) and my favorites were the Rossi B3 (had the 05/06 in a 184 and the 06/07 in a 176) and the Snoop in a 185...That was until I skied the PE.
The B3's were very good at crud busting and very damp, the Snoop's were livelier with better edge hold. Over the last two seasons I came to the conclusion that I actually don't like super damp skis, which I previously thought I did and would buy skis accordingly.
I skied the PE's and realized they are a perfect blend of liveliness and smooth. They do everything as well, and many things better (pow for one), than my B3's and WAY more fun...So, I sold the B3's.
Now I still love the Snoops, but with the PE's being in the stable, I'm not sure they will be my automatic everyday ski choice anymore...Maybe for days when I know I'll run into more ice than usual.
Before I got the PE's I was constantly in search of the perfect midfat. For the first time ever I don't see the point in looking anymore...For me, the search is over. I wouldn't mind trying out the Mythic Rider, just to see what Sierra Jim is all hyped about, although I suspect that I tend to like stiffer skis than he does.
My two favorite skis I ever owned (I've owned alot, including about 18 pairs currently) are the PE's and my PM Gear 188 stiff BRO's. My second favorites are the Snoop's and the Armada ANT's.
Any one of those skis I'd be happy with as an everyday ski, but for some reason, the PE's make me want to ski like I did when I was 10 years younger, which could actually be a bad thing.