I'm a 1 ski quiver kind of guy and I want to stay that way.
My current ski, which has 10 days on it, all from last year is a pair of Head IM 82's in a 183 length with a Head railflex binding - LD-12's I think. My boots were a pair of Head S13 Superheats (all mountain high performance, last about 105mm, 120 flex).
I loved this setup last year. It was my first year on the IM 82's and when I bought them I just couldn't bring myself to make the jump from a ski that was 70mm under foot all the way to 88 mm, so I chose the IM 82's instead of the 88's. And the boots were really very good too, although later in the day the fit did tend to feel slopier and I found myself clamping the buckles down more and more.
I had a issue with the buckles on these boots so I sent them back to head expecting them to fix them, but low and behold the sent me a new pair of this year's model of the Vector 120 which is the replacement boot for the S13.
Here's what I'm thinking...
Sell some or all of my current setup on Ebay.
I've found a pair of Atomic RT CS 140's - a full on race boot with a 140 flex and a last of just 98mm. The fit is good and at 230 lbs, the 140 flex should be no problem...actually probably far superior to the Head Vector 120's.
While I'm at it, the deals around on a pair of the IM 88's in 186 length are so tempting. And the IM 82's were terriffic, but I'm comfortable with that width now and the 82's could definitely offered a little more float in soft stuff.
All the reviews I've read on the 88's have been so positive, and with 6 mm more under foot and another 3 in length...I just see it as a win win situation.
Am I crazy? Would I be going through a bit of trouble and spending probably a couple hundred bucks (net after the sale of the existing equipment) for little or no gain? Or would the overall new setup be the significant improvment I suspect it might be, even though the current setup really is quite nice?
Would love to hear some thoughts from you big guys! At 230 lbs, big skis and stiff boots just don't feel as big and stiff as they do to the average skier.
PS - The name is lame...just my email address. Just couldn't come up with something clever that didn't make me sound like a tool...