I live and ski on the west coast. I just broke my previous pair of skis and I'm about to head for Japan for a powder week in Niseko. I need to decide and order a new pair today so I get them before my trip.
I've always wanted to get a pair of SFBs, I drooled reading the reviews for last year's model but I didn't get them. Now I'm having a hard time deciding between last year's model and this year's. The reviews for the 2015 model were all stellar, everybody seems to love them. The 2016 model is narrower, lighter, with a slightly cooler design, but the reviews are not as great - multiple folks complain about chatter on crud and about durability (esp. in the park).
Style-wise, I'm an all-mountain guy, wouldn't call myself a power hound or a park rat. I'll do groomers in the morning, a bit of off-piste in the early afternoon, and finish the day lapping the park. I'll always choose a tree run, especially on powder days, and even on groomers I tend to look for features to do tricks on. I love skiing switch.
I'd appreciate some advice on which one to chose. Has anybody skied both models?