Originally Posted by docholiday 50 year old 210# 6'1" in need of replacement for Axis xp 177 (I think) strong skier (strength wise) Go anywhere on the mountain. Loved axis xp's but they felt too short at speed. Used to love the bumps back in the day but have fallen in love with powder crud etc as I get greyer.
How about Saloman XW Fury in the 184 length? I would think that the ski type I would like most would be 50% groomed 50% off piste. .
One can do the "howabout this?" thing forever as there are tons of great skis in the (+ or -) 85mm category. Some are more hard snow biased like the Volkls you mentioned. Others are a little more soft snow biased like the Fischer Watea 84 and the Explorer. Good middle of the middle skis would include. Solly Fury, Dynastar Sultan 85, Rossi Phantom 87, Blizzard Cronus, Nordica HR Pro Burner, Elan 888, Head Peak 82 and more besides.
The K2 Explorer is the closest thing to a direct replacement for your XP (which seems to be what you asked for)