I broke my Metron B5's last season, and wound up getting a set of Volkl AC50's to replace them. Great ski in curd and hardpack. Awesome edge hold, although a little less responsive than the B5's (wider underfoot).
I hear they're so stiff they aren't the best thing in powder though.
My main ski area is Taos. I don't make it up on powder days very often, so I'm looking for an affordable powder ski- hopefully an older model on clearance. Also, the lift-serviced powder tends to get skiied out pretty quick, but you can still hike to powder, so I need something that doesn't fall on it's face in hardpack and crud, and is preferably light enough where it isn't too burdensome to through over my shoulder for a hike up to 45 minutes. I'm also throwing around the idea of using them for some occasional alpine touring, but I'm not sure about that yet. So, my priorities are...
1) 70% backside powder, fresh to cut up, 30% on piste (when it snows, it's softer hardpack, and often totally covered in small moguls)
2) AFFORDABLE. This will be an occasional ski, and I just bought a pair I only have a couple of days on, so it has to be cheap
3) Light/suitable for potential very light alpine touring use (mostly skiing up a local ski area, Sandia Peak, after work and skiing down the groomed runs in the dark...maybe a trip or two to Silverton or some late spring skiing at Taos)
I'm 6'1", 175 pounds, 33 years old, and have been skiing for 29 years (wow- I feel old saying I've been doing something for that long!). I'm a good, fast highspeed carver, pretty decent in the moguls and seriously steep chutes, but still "getting my feet under me" in deep powder. Seems like my tips always sink and make me endo.
I demoed the Coomba last year. Probably a good powder option, but I wasn't particularly happy with it in the hardpack. I have nothing similar with which to compare it though. What else do you all recommend? Volkl Mantra? Maybe something in the Black Diamond lineup? Coomback?