I've been reading the EpicSki forums for a while now and finally decided to join up. I need a new set of skis as my 12 yr old ones can't deal with the ice of the East anymore. I was told by a local shop that the torsional regidity of the skis is gone and that's why sharpening them does very little in improving their ice performance. My current skis are some old Salomon 168s with a 92-64-92 profile (1st gen parabolics I'm told). I've never met a run I couldn't ski with them, but lately the hard-packed snow/ice has made skiing feel more like work than fun. Even with these slim sticks I can still ski deep powder as long as its steep. I live in the East and ski a lot of moguls when I can.
This brings me to my question about the Hart Phoenix (116-66-101) and F17 Classics (104-64-92). They're both tiny underfoot like my current skis, and both have slightly larger tips. I've read that the F17s are one of the only true mogul skis that can be used effectively outside the fields. Other than the slightly larger ends on the Phoenix, what are the other major differences between the two (ie. stiffness, edging, etc.). Also, I'm thinking I might get some of the new/returning Look Pivot 14s as I've had trouble with pre-releases in the bumps, would these be a good match for either of the Harts?
As I live in Ontario Canada, we don't have any local dealers and I don't know of anywhere near where I could demo either of these, but if anyone knows of any Hart demo days in Quebec, Vermont, or NY I might consider a road trip to try-b4-I-buy.
Thanks in advance.