This is my first real post so hello and thank you in advance.
I am a male, 50 years old, 6'1", 225 pounds. Retired Marine. In good shape. Started skiing when I was 11. Worked as an instructor and ski patrol in the 70's and early 80's. Skied 20+ days a year until moving to Kansas 15 years ago. I've been twice since then. No excuses, I know. I used to be a solid 9+ skier and now still feel I'm an 8/9. I ski agressively and fast. But also like to string together tight, ankles together slalom turns
I just got back from my first trip in nine years. Spent four days at Keystone. Awsome, awsome, awsome! Never, ever should have stopped skiing. I demoed a pair of Vokyl Mantras 184 length. The boots were Nordica rental boots with only a 50 flex. The skis were much fatter than I ever skied before but I had no problems with them. They were very fast on the hard groomers but seemed to skid and chatter on the ice. I was able to make nice strings of tight, quick turns but it took some effort. Big fast GS turns were easier but I never could get them to really carve. They seemed to skid through the turns. They exhausted me in the bumps. No powder so I don't know how they would work there. I'm sure alot of that was due to the really soft boots.
I'm looking to buy my own skis and boots. Lots of end of season deals. I have read alot of good things about the Mantras and the AC50s. The AC50s sound like they may be better for me. Moguls have less appeal to me now then they did when I was 30. Steep, fast hardpack is what I loved last week.
How do these two compare and what do you recommend? Then I've got to find boots...