Getting to a point that I need to re-think my quiver entirely...
currently on Line Prophet 98 172 and Solly Rocker2 115 178.
P98 - love it in anything soft, but it lacks some backbone on hardpack, crud or anywhere conditions get less than desirable!
R2 - love the rocker profile, but I don't like the short turn radius and find it to be a bit too soft for my tastes.
I'm thinking about a 3 ski quiver for next season and I'm already set on Cochise 177 for my mid ski, which I will probably be skiing most of the time.
Me, 5'5" / ~147, so I'm not particularly light for my height, so I tend to like skis a little stiffer than noodles, but not crazy stiff since I'm still a 147 lbs dude! I ski mostly in SW Idaho (this include Brundage in McCall, Bogus Basin in Boise and less often Sun Valley). I usually do something like 15 days between SLC (mostly Alta/Bird) and Jackson each season. I ski 100% off-piste, ungroomed, trees when I'm with friends or alone, I hit some grommers when I'm skiing with my wife but that wouldn't require too much of the ski given that I'd just cruise grommers with her, and I don't ski park at all.
Skis I've looked into to replace the R2:
Atomic Auto 179 - nah... to me softer than the R2, not too good in crud and too much rocker.
Line Influence 115 - skied last season, found it to be a little too stiff, but that might change if I try them again, easy on trees and quite good to charge, like the rocker profile.
Moment Governor - I love the profile, long low tip rocker and subtle tail rocker, that's exactly what I'm looking for, but I don't have any chance in flexing the skis, just crazy too stiff for me.
Line Opus - too much rocker, quite unstable in less than ideal powder.
Gunsmoke - Better than the Opus, similar rocker profile, but again a little too much rocker in the tail.
Skis I'm dying to try:
ONPPP Billy Goat 176 - all based on the hype, never tried before, but I'm afraid I might be in between sizes. the 176 should be about the size of my rocker2 178, but it has more rocker in the tail, more than I'd like, but you never know until you try! Am I in between sizes here? Would 176 be a good size? I'm positive the 186 would be too much ski for me.
Praxis RX 179 - never skied, hard to find much information about it, so it's quite a shot in the dark here! The profile and a mid stiff layup seems to be what I'd look at!
ONPPP Jeffrey 114 176 - think I'd like the BG instead of the Jeffrey, I ride forward 99% of the time, and the more symmetrical shape doesn't appeal to me that much for a ski in the category! I'd like the profile if I'd get the Jeffrey 122 at 181, but can't really justify a ski that wide.
Skis to replace my P98:
I haven't demoed skis in this category, so don't have much of a benchmark, but considered the usual suspects. Bonafide 173, Kabookie 173, Brahma 173, Hell&Back 169, MX 88 168.
Really depends on what I'd after here, I'm considering downsizing from 98 to 88 because it seems to have some overlap with the cochise, so leaning towards, Brahma, MX88, Bushwacker, Kendo...
Right now I'm leaning towards BG 176, Cochise 177, Brahma 173, but I'm interested in what you guys have to say, what I'm missing?
The question I tried to find the answer for but couldn't was, which skis has a similar rocker profile to solly r2 115, but has a longer radius (mid 20s) and it's stiffer, better in crud, more ability to charge?