On our way back from the hill, my beloved armada THalls, that I've been shredding the past couple years, fell off of my friends rack at like 60mph when he forgot to lock it up.
They're pretty fucked.
So here I am, end of the season, and frantically trying to get back on a pair of park skis to salvage the slushy spring fun here in the west.
I loved my THalls, but they were the older ones that were really fucking stiff. On top of that, I'm a pretty skinny build (5'10, 135lbs) so they felt like wood planks to my pencil legs. They charged nicely and were really stable on jumps, but I'm just looking to have more fun in the park these days on a softer ski.
I would prefer to stick with armadas because I've had good experiences with their durability, but I'm more concerned about getting on a playful ski that I won't need to replace next year.
I've read the only review that was written about the BDog, and it seemed like a good match for what I'm looking for, but after some sifting through some threads regarding it, a lot of people said it sucked dick because it never hooked up when you were trying to carve.
I also read the reviews and looked at some threads regarding the Al Dente, although I am deterred by the lack of symmetrical rocker, and people saying it had a wacky imbalanced flex pattern.
So I come seeking advice on some skis that check the following off:
-rocker (preferred tip and tail)
-wider park ski (90-100)
-soft flex for my skeletal figure
-could charge a little bit when i want to boost side hits, trees, etc.
-can handle some new snow
-can handle medium kickers (20-30ft)
-really nice for presses, butters, etc.
This ski will be used for general fuckery on the way to the park and in the park, as I have a wider ski for the deeper days. In the park it'll be:
60% rails, jibs, buttering off everything
40% small to medium sized kickers
If you have any experience with the Al Dente or the BDog, or have a different ski to suggest, please let me know!
On a final note, I'd prefer a ski I can find for moderately cheap right now, BDogs are $384 on backcountry for a comparison.