I am looking for a 100mm underfoot or greater ski for deep powder days.
My current fat ski is a Rossi Bandit B4 185cm and it feels OK in the powder but doesn't offer great floatation so I think I can better. It has a 26M turning radius and I am not happy with its performance on any kind of packed snow. Unless I am going 40mph I don't feel like the ski wants to carve at all, I can't seem to engage the inside ski, and I feel like the ski just wants to go straight down the hill all the time. The skis have a fresh tune and base grind, and I keep steady pressure on the front of my skis so I'm not sure if I just don't like large radius turns or if I'm doing something wrong. I have no problem carving any size turn that I want on the Monsters, which have a 17M radius, and want to have a Powder ski that will give me a similar feeling.
Some of the candidates I'm considering are:
09/10 Line Prophet 100 182cm 18m turn radius
09 Blizzard Titan Argos 180cm 28?m radius
07/08 Dynastar Legend Pro Rider 176cm 26?m radius
08 Dynastar Huge Trouble 185cm 33m radius
I am concerned from reviews that I have read that the Dynastar LP may give me the same feeling I get on hard snow as the B4 because of the large turn radius, but I have not demo'd any of this gear yet. I have not considered fully rockered skis like the K2 Hellbent because I would plan on skiing my fat ski for the entire day on powder days and I am concerned I would end up skidding back to the lifts on a ski with no camber.
I also would prefer a wood core and a ski that doesn't feel like a noodle. I have found that I can demo the Line Prophet and a Solomon Czar at the local REI, but I don't know anyone who has the other models to demo.