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I'm a big patroller, 300 lbs, 6'5", Lange L10 boots. Currently on 191 Atomic R:EX, and also ski some 194 Volant Chubbs. Favorite color is grey ;)
Love both of my current pairs of skis. Moved away from thin-waisted skis a long time ago and found stuff like the R:EX and Chubb can hold their own on midwest concrete hardpack (and really get to shine when you get fresh stuff or the sun gives you piles of crud. They've got the spine and torsional stability not just for me...but also for pulling loaded sleds down the hill.
Am considering new skis. I want to stick with skis of at least mid eighties waist. Thinking I'd like to get a bit shorter. Don't want to give up ride and stability...but for the few times I lumber into the moguls...I'd like to feel a little less like the boards are wedged in the last three moguls I've passed. I know technique and skill would help...but I'm not opposed to cheating.
Skis I want to demo on my trip to Utah next week already include Atomic Crimson Ti's and K2 Explorers....thinking 184...not sure if 177 wouldn't be too short. Also thinking Volkl AC50's and Grizzlies.
From what I've said...anything else seem to fit the bill as "must try?"