Hello all, I've been lurking on this forum for a bit and just registered to post my "what ski should I get thread" so here is my particular scenario:
5' 7" 140lbs
aggressive skier though out of practice
Looking for new or used setup mostly for all mountain around Lake Tahoe primarily. I got back into skiing after boarding for 15 years primarily to teach my kids how to ski and have enjoyed it thoroughly for the last 3 seasons, not many days, mostly spent with a toddler between my legs or skiing backwards or slowly down the bunny hill, on a pair of craigslist special Salomon X-Wing Storm 170's. Last year had a few good runs on top of Bachelor whilst the kids were in lessons and had a blast.
Looking for something around 160-166 all mountain shredder with park potential, not serious park duty. I like a very lightweight setup.
Skis I am considering or drawn towards include:
Blizzard Brahma-reasonable weight, reasonable cost, good reviews, not playful enough
Lib Tech Wreckreate- extreme lightweight, checks most of my boxes, no local Lib Tech shop to deal with the weird edges (in the SF Bay Area WTF?)
Icelantic nomad 95- look great, are expensive and the 163 doesn't seem to be available
and of course...
Armada ARV 84, 86, 96 which is probably the answer but which one? Is the 84 or 86 too narrow? I know the 84 is technically a kids ski but the make them to 170 iirc and I'm not a big guy, hell I'm not opposed to riding a women's ski if the graphics were fairly neutral, most are definitely light weight.
What else should I be looking at?
Thanks for your help!