I'm a minnesota skier (ice and hard pack) with a racing background. I've been on my vokl p 50's for a bunch of years. Those have worked great here in the midwest and can carve at speed out west with great confidence, but they are limited to that. Last year I demo'd a few different skis to find some that would be stable at speed on the ice and groomed and be able to handle crud and bumps on my two trips out west. My favorite was the Head Chip 71, I had alot of fun with it and atleast compared to my p50's (66 underfoot) it handled the crud and bumps well. I can get those at a very affordable price though they are going into there 3rd season. Now I see the Titan is out , wider underfoot but still a race ski at heart making it more all around. I ski alot but don't pay much attention to the gear updates.
Should I pick up a pair of used chip 71 (it doen't seem to be reviewed here so much) or should I bag it and try to demo some ski's out west this year, the Titan, maybe the Blizzard FS g force... Any opinions on the chip 71, As I said I had alot of fun on it for the 2 days I kept them in a very wide variety of condition.