I'm an intermediate skier skiing for about the last 6 years, the last 3 of which I've been using the Rossignol Bandit B78. I love powder-skiing (obviously!), steeps, and bumps. Most of my skiing is off-piste in the Portes du Soleil (which is near Samoens and Chamonix) ski domain here in France.
After initially loving them, I'm starting to feel that my Bandits, although a great all-round ski, don't really excel in any particular area and I'm looking for a new all-rounder but which is particularly good in powder. Having said that it needs to be able to handle bumps reasonably well and generally let me go anywhere with reasonable confidence. I find that I'm tending to sink in powder (which is probably down to technique as well) and that the Bandits are a little wobbly underfoot on hard-pack. On moguls, they're ok, but I don't have enough experience with different types of skis to know whether I'm really missing out on anything.
I have been considering the Dynastar Sultan 85 and 94 and have read the excellent reviews on this site. I love my Dynastar Altitrail touring skis and have heard lots of good things about Dynastar in general. The tricky part is deciding between the 85 and 94. I'm worried that the 85 won't be a big enough difference from the 78mm waist on my current skis. Equally, i'm not sure I'm good enough for the 94's just yet and I might struggle on bumps with them.
The lifts only open tomorrow and i'm still waiting for stock at my local ski shop so obviously I'll try both sizes out before buying, but i thought I'd see if I could gather some general advice here for a good ski to progress to from the Bandit. I'm not particularly attached to the Sultan 85/94 if anyone has a better suggestion.
Vital statistics: I'm male, 180cm (5ft 11in), and weigh 85kg, (187 pounds - according to Google - I have no idea what a pound is! :)).
Edited by FB User (Private) - 12/3/10 at 7:06am