First of all- a bit about me.
Skis owned as of the late 90's: Bandit XX, XXX; Vertigo G41, G4, Gotama, Jet Fuel.
This is my enormous active quiver: 183 1st Gen Goats/Fritsche FR; '07 Jet Fuel. Falcon 10, Oakley vis options and iPod pumping trance when it's storming (like today) and when people aren't talking. My gear is old but polished with diamonds and waxed to go fast.
This is me at 5"9" and 170lbs on my goats.
The only pow ski available for demo today was a 181 Coomba. So... I took it for a ride out of principle. I really liked the tip. All traditional side-cut pow skis should emulate it. The shape of the tip rules. It should be standard.
Coomba 181 vs. Gotama 183/Fritsche = choose your tail.
Crud = Coomba
Traversing = Gotama; the tails wins.
Piste = Coomba
Tip shape = Coomba
After 3 runs in the rabbit hole with the Coomba...
I ended up switching back to my goats. Ripping slabs in the trees convinced me that avy-controlled tree-skiing was more of a headache than turns. Here's a shot scaling some new snow and the tree-wells I spent my traverses avoiding.
In those areas, I wanted my goat. The goat is more nimble. The coomba is smoother when the snow is not. But it was too short. I'm sure the 188 Coomba rocks, but I'm sure the 190 Gotama does too. Basically, the goats and the coombas are virtually identical with minor differences. Noting your exposure to crud and your desire for tail-shape should be enough to choose between these skis.
I also skied a vector glide low-fat. This was a reincarnated Volkl G41 + silence. Super nimble, super light, super powerful = G41 + silence.
Here are the dims:
Vector Glide is definitely a ski I would like to own. The above is really light and effortless for the reward they offer your effort. I only assume the 130-110-120 @ 185 with big turned-up tail is the goat's long lost brother. But I couldn't ride that today.
I did ride these: some 170 Head WC SL
The Head SL is fricking wet. I went fall-line for like a gazillion turns edge-to-edge without ever scraping any snow. I couldn't get uncomfortable. They just kept arcing. When I got to the bottom, my quads were on fire.
The Head GS is dripping sap;
I didn't turn once when riding that^ liquid metal. I laid them on their edge a few times, but I pretty much just stood still and let them run and be be budged by nothing.
Here's the conclusion with Head; Liquid Metal is liquidy. Those skis feel like every millimeter of the running-surface is reaching out to the snow. I can't explain liquid metal outside the words Head chose. I really, severely want a rack of their race skis. I really noticed that construction. If you ski on piste, or own a ski for the piste, you should be ridng a liquid metal. Try them. They suck themselves to the snow like nothing I have ever ridden.
I skied this pillow today:
And then, I tried some Hellcats in a 170:
The Hellcat wins Ski-Of-The-Day Award. I ride a 186 Jet Fuel, (126-84-112, r=20) and I hopped on this opportunity to ride a Hellcat. It was really turny, but that wide footprint makes it really easy to pivot.
So, you've got a super-carvy ride that will pivot and surf like wider skis. This ski blew me away with its versatility. If I had cash, I would buy this ski right now. I can't believe how well it did everything.
Oh, and here is a gigantic face that I'm waiting to see rip onto the piste below. This face recieved about a meter of snow in the last 24 hours. And- I was breaking slabs in the trees today.