My K2 Public Enemys are currently seeing their last days. These boards are nearly indestructable but I think I'm up to the task. I love the PEs because I feel confident on them in nearly any terrain/condition. They are my go to ski when I may be doing a bit of anything or everything. Their replacement must:
Be good in bumps. For zipperline bump days at the Jane I've got a dedicated bump ski but I really don't want to own a ski that makes me think twice about diving into a sweet bump line.
Be good in the trees. That will often be the primary mission here.
Be good in chowder and crud. Like the bump scenario, I don't want a ski that is going to make me think twice about charging through cut up snow.
Be decent in say a foot of new.
It would be great if it had better firm snow grip than the PEs but I guess this is the end of the spectrum I'm most comfortable sacrificing.
Must be available cheap but I'm willing to buy used as well. I've never paid more than $400 for a ski and won't start with this one.
I'm 6'3", 185#, level 8(?) skier. I'm aggressive and I like to go fast. I tend to make long to medium radius turns unless the terrain dictates otherwise.... which of course, it often does.
Other skis of this ilk that I've enjoyed are Volant Chubbs and Salomon Pocket Rockets.
So what say you, Bears?
Oh, and I know the real answer is demo them all but lets skip that advice for now. Demoing can be a pain as well as costly. Both skis that I've demoed before purchase ended up with relatively low mileage. I have been on the Cronos for a couple of runs and enjoyed their damp feel but I wasn't able to take them into any terrain.