I recently found myself in the market for a new pair of skis (mine got stolen at the lodge at Alpine Meadows), and I've been reading the forums here and the reviews at realskiers to narrow down my choices.
I would classify myself as a solid level 8+ skier, and I am usually looking to improve my form and technique every time I go out. I typically ski off-piste, but enjoy carving on the groomers every once in a while. I like working on my form in bumps as well. I'll be skiing Tahoe almost exclusively, so I'd need something that handles the Sierra snow well. Since I'm only going to own 1 pair of skis (at least for the immediate future), I'd like decent powder performance. I know I'm not going to find something that's perfect in all those regards.
I am a 5' 10'' , 165 pound male. I've been skiing since I was about 6 or so (26 now). My previous skis were the first that I owned myself, 2007 K2 public enemies given to me by my family. I don't really spend much time in the park, so they were a bit of an odd choice, but I really felt they were decent for all-mountain activities. I did notice a tendency for my legs to tire out quicker than some of my fellow skiers, although I consider myself athletic. That may just suggest that I need to work out my legs more.
Using the information in the following threads:
and using prices and the reviews on realskiers to narrow down my options, I've got it down to two skis, the Watea 84 and the Dynastar Mythic Rider. I can get comparable deals on both.
The exact equipment I'd buy:
2009 Watea 84 176 cm, and separately buy Head 2009 Mojo 12 Ski Bindings
2010 Dynastar Mythic Rider 172 cm bought in a package with PX12 Fluid Bindings
The prices on these equipmentspurchases are roughly equivalent, so that isn't a factor.
From what I've gathered, the Watea 84 would be lighter and more flexible, but the Mythic Rider might be a slightly better balance for a 1-ski quiver. I'm intrigued by the Watea since it is so light, which might help with leg fatigue. People have suggested it skis shorter than its length, so I'd go with the 176 cm. Reviewers have said both are good in bumps, although realskiers only gave the Mythic Riders "bump rating". Both seem to do well in deep snow.
Any thoughts on choosing between the two?
Edited by walkerds - 12/17/09 at 6:53pm