so I'm about to get 2 pairs on warranty and I guess I get to pick the replacements
I got some surfaces last year and they immediately fell apart, I only just now got them warrantied and in the end the shop just gave me store credit. so the first pair has to be from the-house.com and I would like to keep it around/under $300
I've got a pair of 2016 e'dollos I bought in October that are now in the process of being warrantied, the shop I'm doing the warranty through said I can probably pick a different armada ski of equal-ish value
ME AS A SKIER
I'm 25, 6'6" and about 175 - coming back from acl/meniscus surgery this year.
I coach freestyle in Vermont so most of my time is in the park, but I also love taking my team into the trees and bumps, and I'm a big fan of ripping big carves all over the mountain.
I also currently have a pair of atomic access in a 181 - they're like 6 years old so I use them as my tree skis, though right now they're my only ski that I can use
WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR / WHAT I'M CONSIDERING AS OF NOW
I think that I want to go with an "everyday" ski and a pow stick
I'm not sure where to get which, I guess a lot of it has to do with whether or not armada lets me pick a ski other than the e'dollo
If armada makes me stick with e'dollos then those will be my everyday pair
but if not then I'd go with something a little stiffer and closer to a 90mm waist
I want some true camber or camber with a little rocker but not a full rockered ski
something in at least a 181, but would prefer something closer to the 188 that I had with the e'dollo. being an everyday for a park coach obviously it's needs to be a twin tip
-from the house: line step up (181), line prophet 85 (186), rossi s5 jib (185), armada el rey (185), rossi scratch (181)
I'm thinking the prophet is probably my best option here but really none of these are as long as I'd like, there just aren't a whole lot of options form them in my size/price range
-from armada: TST (192) or the invictus 89 ti (187)
I've had my eyes on the TSTs for a few years, I realize they aren't as skinny as I said above but they seem like so much fun. I just have no idea if that tail is high enough to ski switch
the invictus seems like the perfect ski to fit my above desires but just like the TST I have no idea if they can be skied switch
I considered the ARV 96's but I heard the whole ARV line isn't very durable
I prefer a 190+ for deep stuff
I had some 2012 JJ's when I coached at Squaw and they were probably my all time favorite ski ever.
I probably don't want something too big in the waist, obviously we don't get huge storms here in the east but I do wind up out west every now and again, and might be moving back out there so maybe something in the 110mm-120mm range?
I would prefer something with rocker and I'd like it to be something that can take some tighter turns in the trees (if we ever get enough snow in there again), I would also prefer it to be a twin tip, I'm not a big switch pow skier but I like to have the option to pretend I'm Tim Durtschi
-from the house: line mothership (195), k2 shreditor 102 (191), Fischer Big stix 120 (189)
I don't really know much about any of them other than the site description but they all seemed to be something I'd probably enjoy
-from armada: tst (192), jj 2.0 (195), arv 106 (188), norwalk (189), magic j (190)
as I said before I loved the old JJ, and I hear the new one is amazing.
I listed the tst again because that 103 waist is a little more appropriate for "east coast pow"
while I'm skeptical to bring the arv onto rails I figure if I'm just using them in powder I shouldn't be too worried about durability
I figure the norwalk and magic j are too wide for me to bother with, but I didn't want to just rule them out