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Last Year's Mid-Fats for a 215 pounder?

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I've read a bunch and demoed some but am having a hard time narrowing down for weight. Any suggestions?

I'm looking to buy last year's model for price. Here's more about me:

- looking for an energetic all-mountain ski good in the bumps.
- expert skier (level 8.5). raced in college but really like the bumps and off-piste too.
- male, 5'11", 215 lb, 36 yrs old
- am looking for a ski that performs well in utah/colorado in any conditions but can hold up on east coast too
- totally out of date. i'm still on straight skis (K2 SLCs). haven't bought new boards since mid 90s.

I demos some K2 Recons and Head Monsters (not sure of model) last year -- liked the monsters but didn't like the recons.

From research so far I'm thinking:
Top picks: Head im76 or im78 (it's been hard to get last yr models though)
Maybes: Nitrous (too damp?) or Tornadoes (too light?)
No: The AC30s sound a bit heavy and the Tigersharks too stiff and narrow.

Any more guidance for a heavier skier would be great. Thanks.
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IM78 out of the skis you listed. I have some of last years for 539 w/ LD12 bindings or if you want them flat, PM me.
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I am the same height and weight as you and

I enjoy the older Volkl AC4 in 177 and 184. THe AC4 is wider than the AC30 so not so bump friendly. You could get it in a 170cm to
be bump friendly. They say if you are heavy, a heavy ski will be
no problem. I find light skis to be too unstable at speed but I am
not a bump skier so if I was perhaps I would find a lighter ski
more to my liking.
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