Originally Posted by stevesmith7
Ok Jim, I need an opinion. I'm shopping to fill a quiver hole and looking for a good spring price. Current quiver consists of RX8 hard snow, Afterburner most days, and an first gen 999 (wood top noodle) for deep days. I love the 999 on really deep pow days but with a flex similar to a bath towel it just just doesn't cut it on small pow days when everything is skied out in a couple of hours and I'm back on the groomers. The AB is ok on those days but I was thinking of something 90-100 underfoot that would float a little more than the 84 AB. I was thinking Watea 94 (not really cheap), goats (hard to find a good deal) , Mythic (too 50-50?) or ? You have had good things to say about the Big Troubles in the past and the price is right. what do you think? I'm a 100% Summit/Vail-BC skier.
Yow....a lot of stuff here but first, I'll address the MR. Nothing has happened to it. Depending upon your priorities, it is among the class leaders of the 50/50 skis. The fact that it's a bargain should not scare anybody off. I made a large purchase because I believe in the ski. As a result, I can afford to sell them at these prices quite comfortably. I can't speak to SAC but one should not infer that because something shows up there (or here) that it's a dog.
So......the MR shines in most off trail conditions except really light snow. For other mixed, choppy, cruddy type snow conditions as well as firm snow, it excells. To get a 50/50 ski that is better than the MR in light snow, you will have to compromise some other conditions. For example, the 94 is a bit better in blower snow, but does not grip as well and is not as strong in crud. Both skis are pretty close though and so it's the priorities thing.
The BT is a gem in most any off trail condition as long as you pay attention to the mount point(s) Dynastar has a huge (8 cm) range speciifed on the topsheet and I like the ski mounted back toward the "freeride" line. However, the BT is not what your AB is on the hard stuff. The short running surface and softish tail cause it to give up some "carvieness" as most twips do. Still, the BT is quite firm underfoot and the grip in the middle of the ski is outstanding. You just won't feel the "pull" from the tip and "pop" at the crossunder like you will with the AB.