I am looking to finally make the plunge and buy some skis and would appreciate any advice as to which one to go with.
I am 5'10", about 160-165. I would classify myself as an upper intermediate. I can handle any western ski resort blue square and would like to get better on the occasional single black diamond. I avoid moguls and don't really ski the trees. I typically ski the groomers about 70% of the time but want something that has at least some float so that I can also use it on moderate powder days (I will just rent powder skis for the deep stuff!). Because of that I am looking for something a little wider in the waist (maybe something in the 78-90 range). I also want it to be stable at speed and pretty easy to turn. I make an annual trip to Utah to ski but otherwise don't get to ski nearly as much as I would like to. I also tend to like lengths slightly shorter than recommended for my height. I will probably look at something around 164-167 in length.
On a trip to Utah earlier this month I rented some Salomon X-Wing Furies and thought those were ok, so I am considering them, although I am thinking there may be something better out there for me. Unfortunately ski season will be done in Ohio (for whatever that's worth) in about a week, so it would be hard for me to demo a bunch of stuff yet this year. After reading reviews of many different skis, my short list at this point is:
Atomic Blackeye (probably the leader at this point)
K2 Apache Raider
Line Prophet 90
Salomon X-Wing Fury
Any recommendations from this group or is there any other ski I should seriously consider?
Thanks in advance!