I am trying to decide between...
I am trying to decide between a few skis and it is proving quite difficult; if I had more time I would demo them all, but I do not.
First, I cannot seem to decide between a 88-90 mm waist, and a 98-ish waist. I live on the West Coast of British Columbia, and love to rip in the glades. I am 6'2" and 175 lbs, and a confident skier. I currently have 181 Salomon Ten Eighties (http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-teneighty-ski). I find them a bit too narrow for the snow out here. I still like to be able to carve hard on piste, but comfortably enjoy the wonderful off-piste conditions we have here.
Enough back story. I am looking at (in the 88-90 mm range): K2 Sideshow, Volkl Kendo and Rossi Experience 88. And in the 98mm range, the K2 Hardside, Volkl Mantra, and Rossi Experience 98.
I would appreciate any thoughts you might have. I am worried about making too big of a jump from my Ten Eighties in the waist, but as long as it is controllable, particularly in the trees, I will be happy.
I think since you live and ski in the Western part of North America the 98mm waist is the best option. My choice of ski for my one ski quiver is 95mm-105mm, this allows some waist to bust through crud and ski off trail but not enough to ruin your carving experience. It may take a few runs to get used to laying over the wider ski on edge but it will eventually come with time. I would go with the Hardside or the Experience 98 those are my two favorite in this category, very easy and fun to ski. The Experience 98 has a smaller turn radius so those quick snappy turns are definitely still possible.
Thanks Bill! That's definitely helpful. Can I ask another question or two? Why not the Mantra? Its apparently one of the best skis ever in this category. Also, I have heard that the tips on the Experience 98 can act almost like a plow in the powder making skiing there difficult. Did you experience any of that?
The Mantra is a great ski, and your right one of the best out there. I dont have personal experience with it as I do the Experience 98, its supposed to be stiffer. If your a little heavier/ taller and or like to go faster the Mantra would probably actually be a better choice.
Ian another awesome option this year is the Blizzard Bonafide, I have not been able to ski them yet but the reviews for their Flip Core technology are really good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmSHl9wbatI