I have specific question for the Prophet 100s on groomers. Do they really "pop"?
I have been having years on fun on K2 Axis ModX (not pro) in 188 (those are 107-70-97, 16mm side). Me - 57, 5'11", 165. Mostly annual (Feb) week of skiing in SLC (adventure land at Alta and Bird). Ski most of the mountain, including as much as possible "modest" pow (tigertail, cirque, sth, catherines, wildcat, greely, etc), but not so much chutes, aggressive trees, bumps, and no park. The K2's have so much energy when on groomers that I can modulate them up to getting thrown around. Tried other mids and fats, and mostly they have been "dead". AC50s were close, but not enough rebound without major input. This season, I missed demoing the Prophet 100s at Alta, and now I'm sorry for the lost opportunity. I thought about going back for a few days in March, but I don't care for spring skiing in general (not enough adventure), and the trip would cost the same as 2 new pairs of skis. So I am thinking the unthinkable (for me) about buying skis without demoing first. Everyone seems to love the Prophet 100s, and they sound pretty perfect overall. But that one issue of rebound "pop" doesn't seem to be clearly discussed, probably because these aren't really meant for mainly groomer use. I'd really appreciate feedback on how much you need to load up these sticks to get them to throw you around...
I'm also deciding between 186 and 179, though I would almost certainly go with 186s unless I see consistent arguments against (not likely).
Edit: Pulled the trigger and ordered some Prophet 100s from REI based on ghostrider23233's info about the REI sale ($459 if you can find them). I 'xpect they will do what I want. And if not...I'll let folks know if I end up wanting to swap them out.
Edited by mgoodstuff - 3/15/10 at 10:28am