Sorry, I know there's already a bunch of threads on this, but here goes, I need a park ski that has a huge pop, moderately stiff, and is not a noodle. I've somewhat narrowed my choices down to either the T-Halls, AR6s, Pipe Cleaners, Chronics, Dumonts, or SPKs. Which do you think would be best for what I'm looking for?
Look at the high society "classic" ski. "The Classic is the perfect choice for skiers spending most of their time in the park and pipe. It's unqiue Bamboo core is light, strong, and full of pop. It is the ski of choice for High Society team members Nate Berkel, Blake Davidson as well as many others".
pop is something taht is based primarily around your weight... basically the idea of pop is you want a ski that is as stiff as possible, but that you can flex fully, I have found my ar6's to be the most poppy ski that I have ridden, but thats because there at the point where there just soft enough that I can fully flex them... while someone who weighs 250 would find that they are noodles and have no pop, so yeah, the only way to know is to talk someone around your same weight/strength/ability and who has skied on a ton of skis, or demo them yourself
or at least let everyone know you're weight, height, ability and that sorta info, otherwise you're gonna get people just reccommending the ski they've ridden.
Like this, personally i own the T-Hall and find it to be a really snappy ski, but my friend who weighs 30pounds more than me and has a slighty more aggressive technique finds them way to noodley...
And you don't want that. Do you?
From the list, i've skied the T-Hall and Dumont and enjoyed them both.
The T-Hall is really snappy for me, though I'm on a 171 at 6ft and sometimes feel like they're gonna wash out after throwing big. I used the 176 for the last couple of days of the season and these felt a lot more stable (yes i realise it was spring conditions), so maybe the 176/181 would be perfect?
I only snapped into the dumonts for a few laps, but loved it so much, found it really stable and a sweet ride. I won't push these too much as i haven't had enough experience on them.
From a persoanl point, i love the Thalls, so it would be worth considering.