Hello, NS newcomer here!
Winter is closing in and so too is my craving for a new pair of skis. I have planned to expand my one-ski quiver with another pair for this season, and my question is what ski to get, quite simply. The ski I'm riding today is the Armada TST 2011/2012, which I plan to slap some touring bindings on (and maybe even switch out for a wider ski eventually, since I'm getting a second pair).
I am 190 cms tall (yes, I'm European - should be around 6'3, according to google), and weigh about 75 kgs (165 lbs, again, google), and I would classify myself as a pretty advanced skier. I love to ski powder, but that's not what I'll be using this pair of skis for (I'll be using my TSTs for that) - what I'm looking for is a pair of skis to use when the pow level is low.
I rarely ski park, and on the off-chance that I do I throw 3s at most, so I'm not looking for a pair of die-hard park skis. I am looking to improve in the park - but I won't be doing rails with this pair of skis since I want the edge fresh. What I want, quite simply, is a pair of playful skis to ski and have fun around the mountain with that aren't too soft and neither too hard, i.e. nice to butter with, but doesn't back down when put hard on edge (if it's even possible to have both). I'll be skiing in BC this season.
I've been doing my research, and have concluded that Line Chronic 185 would be my best choice, but I am worried about the flex - I've heard that they are quite soft.
Other skis I've been looking at are the Salomon NFX and Atomic Punx - but have read very mixed reviews so I can't quite get a hold of what kind of ski any of them are.
So now I call to you for aid, will you help a brother out?