I'm a bit tired of vague and biased magazine reviews (compare reviews on Snoop in Ski, Skiing) and unknowledgable staff at local ski shops (Colo Springs and Breck). I'm looking for a daily driver for Summit county, 80/20 on-/off-piste. I'm 6-2, 200# and 39 years old. I'm probably a 6 or 7 and working hard to improve. I'm trying to demo skis and feel like I'm wasting my money as I'm recommended such a random selection. I like to ski everywhere on the mountain and have been working on getting better on bumps in particular. I don't feel a deep need to ski fast (GS-like).
Here's what I've tried (and my opinion)
177 K2 Apache Recon -- quick edge to edge, good on bumps, terrible in crud (maybe too narrow?)
177 Salomon Lord -- boggy, vague, unresponsive (least favorite)
177 Atomic Nomad Savage -- clumsy on anything except crud and powder and high speed carving (am I just not good enough to manage these yet?)
177 Volkl AC50 -- pretty good at everything (didn't try on powder), a bit too firm on bumps
176 Atomic Snoop -- decent at everything, not excelling at anything
172 Blizzard 8.1 -- incredibly responsive, fast edge to edge, didn't try on powder (these were too short for me. I wish they had one size up)
The more I learn (and read blogs on this site), the more it seems these skis are all over the map. I get a 20 year old kid telling me the Savage is great on moguls in one store (Norway Haus) and another 20 year old telling me the AC50 is perfect for my needs (Bahnhof Sport). I'm not sure if I just need to be a better skier or if I am getting bad advice on skis. Can someone give me a few skis that are at least in the same category. I'm thinking 175-178cm with 80-90 mm waist, modest float, middle of road stiffness and torsional rigidity. I'm probably looking for a jack-of-all trades master-of-none kind of ski. I'll expand the quiver as I develop (probably rent for true powder days). Are the Sultan 85 or Watea 84 good places to start?
Aside question...do you really think you ski bumps well on a wider ski (95+)?