I know this is a much talked about subject, and i've trawled through a lot of the threads on this already, however i'd still be interested to hear thoughts given my particular skier type & what i'm looking for.
I've recently picked up a set of im88's in 186cm - new, yet to be mounted. I have never skied the im88 and picked it up largely based on it'sspecs/reputation. However, having read some of the threads in here, it seems as though the consensus is that the 186 is a lot of ski, and this has prompted some post purchase concerns...
Here are my details:
Strong skier - getting better as am now racing
Living in PNW so skiing Crystal, Alpental, Stevens + couple weeks in Jackson/year
Currently my daily ski is the Dynastar XXL in a 187. I love the damp feel of this ski, but do sometimes think it's too much ski for me. Now that i've started racing i'm trying to translate that agressive edging approach more to my everyday skiing, and i find this tough to do on the dynastars - 110 waist and huge
37 m turning radius. I find myself jumping them arround and smearing a lot, which is fine but i'd rather pivot less and carve more.
For this reason i picked up the Heads. The logic being that they're narrower and have more sidecut so will be more like the my GS skis (182cm Dynastar Speed Course Pros). I'm not going to be skiing them in anything over a couple of inches of powder as i've got other skis for that;-) The plan is to use these for everyday conditions - mainly non groomed stuff, so crud, tracked up terrain and steeps. I tend to favor larger style turns when conditions allow, but do like making a variety of turn shapes.
Given the above am i right to go for the 186's or should i downsize to the 175's? An alternative would be to mount the 186's a little forward so they turn faster - i don't sacrificing some powder performance. Thoughts on this?