So here's the situation. I skied Domains most of last season and basically liked them a lot.
I liked the softish flex, the fat edges, the rocker... pretty much everything about the ski, except the extruded base which is pretty awful. I know some people ski them happily but I couldn't deal with it.
What I want is:
- a rockered park ski with minimal camber, good for butters etc
- over 90mm under foot. Ideal waist would be 95mm but a little more/less would be acceptable.
- It HAS to have a sintered base though,
- Ideally it has to come from a big brand since we tend not to get the smaller brands in europe.
- Line Blends are too soft.
I thought the base had been sinistered?? I'm almost positive that on this years they are. But at good skis for you might be some filthy rich, even though it is 88mm under foot I know that they have a shit ton if roocker and a little camber. They might not be the softest but by know means the stiffest. Also maybe try out the halos?
possible options seem to be:
chronic - too stiff?
halo 2 - too stiff in the old version, softer now?
al dente - weird ass shape with no tail rocker, too fat/heavy?
soul rider - too stiff/fat/heavy
salomon rocker 2 91 - Last years, heavy/fall apart
atomic infamous - too narrow, would need a second ski, actually soft?
Blends too soft? I thought they're stiffer than the Domains. Well, maybe I'm wrong. Get Chronics then. They're stiffer than the Domains, but not super stiff. They have what I consider a "standard" park ski flex.
I dont really like the flex on Blends personally, I know a lot of people do. I owned a pair last season and they didn't work for me.
The way I would describe it is, the nose and tail are extremely soft until a point about 40cm down the ski, at which point the ski is suddenly really quite stiff. I didn't like the sensation of a sudden change in flex.
The domain is a more gradual softening towards the tips, which feels much more natural.
They might work, they are a little heavy though, also suffer from the k2 problem of coming in 169 (172) and 179 (182). I would like something in between those two.
Anything that is actually an all mountain freestyle ski is going to feel heavy in the air due to width, regardless how heavy it actually is. Blends were light but felt sluggish, I'm sure soul riders, al dentes etc will feel the similar, though I'd guess the Dentes are lighter still.
I've skied wide skis in the park basically since i started skiing. Elizabeths, SFBs even EP Pros and Bentchetlers but I've come to the conclusion recently that the wide end of park skis is ideal for your primary ski, and a wider second ski is a nice bonus.
This season I'm going to be doing a bit more travelling and less staying in one place. I really just want to take a single ski with me and I mostly ski park/urban. So Chronics and Halos are probably the most likely choices, but maybe I'm wrong and should be going with that 100 underfoot range instead. Hate this decision.