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I have been looking into getting powder skis recently and i was hoping NS could give me some help to choose the right pair. I live on the west coast and am looking for a ski that is pretty wide underfoot but not so much that i cant handle it. The size would be in the low 180's, also i have been looking at last years skis because i don't want to spend a ton of money. Any help at all would be great!
Then the Bent cheater is probably perfect. But also check out the Opus, YLE, Candide 4, Jeffery, Volkl One/Two. The APO Sammy BC sounds like it would be good as well; it's a new ski, but all the reviews have said that it is really fun and playful, so that one is also worth considering.
4FRNT CRJ are amazing. They're softer in the tip but stiffer in the tail which gives some playfulness but still gives stability in big landings. The 115 waist lets it go anywhere on the mountain, even groomers. The camber underfoot gives it a good edge on groomed stuff and it can charge hard. I have the 2013 model which is nearly symmetrical underfoot, 126-115-124 sidecut. I would definitely recommend it is amazing.
You should come visit Maine, on our POWDER DUMPS I take out my powder dogs. 177 KENDO. 89mm waist is more than enough flotation. With we got some powder stashes in Maine, Ice-Powder. Its kind of ice and kind of powder. I bet you are jealous of our ice-powder, its magic. well its our and you can't have it. Deal with it.
ON3P Jeffrey. Hands down the best, most versatile ski I've used to date. I don't take mine into parks because they're mounted with Dynafiddles, but I found they are super playful on features in the backcountry.
For being a person who has rode on nothing but park skis for the past six years the 4frnt YLE was a super awesome cross over to a powder orientated ski that still felt like something I have been riding on for years. They are on the stiffer side but when you are riding pow you end up crushing huge cliffs most of the time instead of buttering and pressing boxes.
I'm amazed no one has recommended the rocker 108. It's such a fun and nimble ski. It pivots really fast thanks to the honeycomb tip and tail. The flex is mid in the tip and tail and mid stiff underfoot. When mixed with the long symmetrical rocker it makes a really fun ski both forward and switch. They have a ton of pop and can still shred back down to the lift.
There are some other good options in this thread main ones if suggest maybe avoiding are the sfb. They are so heavy. They also have not much pop. Yes they are soft and buttery but just don't have much life to them.
Others I would look at are the sick day 110 and Rossi soul 7. Both much more directional then the rocker 108 but they are still a lot of fun if you don't plan on spending too much time riding switch.
I ride the bentchetlers and they are amazing! Super surfy and float amazing. I'm only weigh about 135 lbs but I can still butter them, though I will say I was surprised at their stiffness which makes them chargers.
The Moment Night Train is without a doubt the best powder ski ever created. They float like a dream in the deepest blower powder, truck through anything semi-hard like crud and ice chunks etc, yet they are soft enough to butter abd bounce around through pillows. They stomp the shit out lf the biggest cliffs I have thrown myself off of, and are really easy to swing around for bigger rotations. I really dont know how moment is able to make these skis both a hard charging monster yet soft jibby and playful, it has to be magic. They carve well on groomers and are very fun to take through the park every once in a while. Also they have been around for a few seasons now so you can probably find some killer deals, check em out for sure.