Relatively new to the forum, and it's been a great help so far reading things here. I'm looking to get my first set of skis and hoping to get some input from some members. Planning to buy previous year's models and/or used.
I'm 6'3", 170 lbs. Level 6/7 skier: can confidently ski any groomer at high speed, usually look for the steepest groomers, can link a few turns on moguls but want to improve with the bumps. Started skiing at age 6, now 21. Plan to ski at A-Basin and Keystone the most this year.
Almost everyone says go demo, so I went to Keystone the other day (stayed on the Summit Express and took the various blues/a groomed black to the River Run base). Demo'ed the following:
- Volkl AC50 (170cm) - 2 runs. Loved this thing, but I don't want to constantly be flying down mountains. Held edges, super responsive, felt like it was carving by itself once it got up to speed. Probably needed the 177cm. Overall, would like something a little easier to use at lower speeds. Felt like it was way more ski than I needed.
- Volkl AC30 (177cm) - 2 runs. Felt similar to the 50 but easier to turn at lower speeds and more flex. Didn't scream at me to go faster. Would like a little more dampness.
- K2 Recon (177cm) - 3 runs, +2 at the end of the day. Felt like a Cadillac after the Volkl's. Liked the dampness, but didn't seem to hold edges well on the crusty stuff. Also disliked how it sort of seemed to guide me instead of waiting for directions (if that makes sense).
- Rossignol S3 (177cm) - 1 run. Hated. Felt like I was sliding everywhere. Unresponsive for quick turns.
- Rossignol Avenger 82 Carbon (170cm) - 3 runs. Fun to ski but nothing really stood out.
- Nordica Jet Fuel Carbon (178cm) - 3 runs. Probably my favorite out of the bunch. Seemed to combine the performance of the Volkl's with a little bit of the dampness from the Recon. Held every edge with a death grip. Waited for my movements and was very responsive at all speeds/turns. Talking to the guy in the shop, he said the vertical sidewall on these were responsbile for the edge control. Whereas the Recon has a slanted sidewall, and for me, couldn't hold an edge as well.
- Dynastar 6th Sense Big (176cm)- 2 runs. Felt uber nimble. Didn't seem to lock into turns as well as the others though. Also I don't ever plan to venture into a park.
- Dynastar Sultan 85 (172cm) - 1 run. Absolutely hated. Couldn't make quick, short turns. Felt exceptionally unsafe. Resorted to a much slower, cautious style of skiing.
*Disclaimer: These are my own impressions, and as an intermediate skier take them with a grain of salt.*
Like I said, I'm looking to buy previous year's models and/or used (limit is $300). So what skis could possibly work for me?