I am 172 (about 5' 8") and 68kg (145lb or so) and my current main set up is Volkl Tigershark 12ft with switch and Salomon Falcon 10 boots. It works brilliantly for some purposes, but is brutal for others, so I wanted to get something more fitting. Essentially, day-trips or weekends on east coast are perfect with this set up, except when it's too cold for Falcons. But when I get out West for a 8-10 days of skiing, it becomes painful. I usually ski in Utah (canyons, deer valley) or on Whistler. I ski from lifts, but do short hikes and not shy to ask locals how to find some deeper powder.
The problem I have with skies is that they are big (172 or something like that - about equal to my height), stiff, and heavy, and any type of skiing that requires a lot of rotation or knee motion - bumps, steeps with jump-turns, skied out powder etc - kills my knees in 2-3 days, and I have to spend the rest of the vacation nursing my knees. In powder, the skis are too stiff and probably too narrow (79 under foot), and I have to go really fast to make them float and work really hard to make them bend.
My thinking is that I need something 1) lighter, 2) softer, 3) wider (in that order of importance) - correct me if I am wrong. My thinking was something not too fat - like high 80s, and not too long - 170 or 175.
What might it me? What models?
With boots the situation is different. My feet grew a bit and the boot is too narrow to the point of being very painful in mid-sole. It hurts even when the boot is unbuckled, and is worse the colder it is. The boots are also very cold - maybe because of being very thin or because of blocking blood supply - hard to tell. Anyway, I love Salomon Falcons, but need something a tad roomier (wider mid-foot) and much warmer. A bit more cushion could help but is not a priority. Any good choices? My wife is happy with her Atomic M Tech 110, but they look a bit too plush for me.