I still haven't decided which size of the Kartel I'll be getting, but I'll be getting some for sure. Try to name off some advantages and disadvantages to both sizes, and which you would prefer for a "one ski quiver".
If I'm just killing my quiver, I always prefer the 104-110 range. They will be better in the pow pow. Many people like 98mm underfoot, but they just aren't floaty. They lack the crud performance too. I'm not trying to hate on 98's, I love the blizzard bonafide as a spring/early season ski, but I'd take my bacons over them any day of fresh snowfall. It depends where you ski though. I ski alta so it's better to have 108 underfoot for me. I think that is the best size. If you want a better ski on edges and won't use them on more than 12" of fresh, go 98. If you plan on using them on all day everyday, go 106.
I'm in a similar position to op, and was considering the 98s when I found this thread. So now I have a couple more questions:
Are the 106s gonna be significantly heavier, as in too heavy for park? I ski park/groomer 70%, Pow/ungroomed/crud 30%
Also how stable at high speed will either ski be? I ski Head JO Pros and I like how well they carve and handle speed so any comparisons are welcome. I guess I should also mention that I'm 6'2 and weigh 170lbs and ski all over US and Europe
I think Scott has said it a million times, and it has been said in this thread as well. 98 is more park oriented while the 106 is all mountain oriented.
I skied the 98 hoping to get the feel of my old 186 J-mo's (96 waist). But they didn't quit capture that for me. A little less of an AM ski than the old J-mo. Scott recommended the 106 for that feel. I will always regret selling those ski's.