What does everyone think about the Atomic Blackeye Ti's? I've been told that they are probably the best all mountain, definitely non-park ski, on the market. Hell, they were voted best.
I don't mean to take away from Goove here, but I too am looking for suggestions. I am 36-years-of-age, 6'2' 230, but plan to be in the 215 to 220 range by ski season. I am not as strong or at the expert level that I used to be because I was away for 4 years and have been back, yet only 6 or so days a year, for 3 years. Anyway, I bought a pair of Whiteouts 2 years ago because not only was I told they were only a slight step down from the Blackeyes, but I found them for only $200 new. This was my bad because I did not do my own research. They are sweet, but when pushed to the limit, get way too chattery and definitely not a true chopper through crud. I ate it pretty bad last year because they did not want to cut at all through some un-expected crud that I did not see on an overcast day. They were; however, snappy and responsive in the steeps.
I have skied numerous brands. Used to be a complete K2 fan, but once I stepped on Atomic skis, I loved em. Of Atomic, I demoed the Blackeyes from 09 and aside from Atomic, I demoed the AC50's and the Legend 8000 and absolutely loved those as well, but for what I was willing to spend, ended up getting the Whiteouts. So my plan now is to sell off my Whiteouts and get into either the Blackeye Ti's or the aforementioned. I am willing to consider the Gotamas though now that I've read these posts, but how much better are they from what I've mentioned. I'm not sure what to do at this point. Just want a good 50/50, maybe a little bias toward 70/30 that does not require being pushed, but will also be able to handle the steeps when I decide to straight-line em for the last 50 yards.