Me: live in the east (CT), ski both E and W most years; im 6'3" 295#, Good bit of fairly high speed cruising, and powder/crud whenever available; not much of a bumper any more; I used to be a relatively good skier (college racer) but as i've gotten older (40) and fatter, with less days out per year, im not pushing as hard as i used to. However, the one thing i dont have any patience for is a wimpy ski. And given my size, a lot of skis fall into the category for me (to put it in perspective for the older guys like me, i was a long-time, hard core 207 GS race stock guy for my all mountain skiing, including bumps, back in the "old days")
What i liked about the metrons: Skied the 185. Thought they were a great all-mountain ski. In the west I thought they handled the pow and crud just fine...not as well as a fat, but good for an all mountain. In the east i had no problem skiing the groomers and occasional bumps with them, and i liked the "big platform" they provided. Overall, i just thought they provided a nice stable, solid all around ride, and i had no problem cranking tight turns on them when i had to.
What i didnt like about the metrons: not much. i guess they werent the lightest ski to carry, but BFD. just meant the wife would bitch if she ever had to move or carry them :)
What im looking for: an top of the line all-mountain ski that provides as stable a platform, with as much performance, as did the metron. Doesnt have to be the latest model year ski if there are deals to be had on last years model, but i'l probably be skiing these for at least another 5 years, so ive got a fairly long-term perspective. Probably not inclined to go with twin tip or rocker (unless someone can convince my why i should, given my description above) since ive never skied on either before. I wish i had the time to demo a few different skis, but given the timing for me needing to get a new pair, thats probably not in the cards this time.....
I had one shop recommending a Supermojo 103 Team in either a 183 or 193, but after doing a bit of reseach im worried that while they certainly sound beefy, they may be too much of a plank for what im looking for.
Anyway, thanks in advance, and i look forward to the recommendations