I'm a Whistler semi-local, and I'm looking for a new set of skis for non-powder days. I have Volkl 10eight for deep snow days, and I have 2010 Mantras for "other" days (and some ancient GS-style skis for when I want to do that). Anyway, 2010 Mantras are delaminating, and skiing on them after 10eights showed to me how much of sinkers they are - the tip just dives under any fresh snow, unless its something wet and heavy or unless going extremely fast.
So now I'm looking for a new partner for 108s - something to be better on skied out bumps, tighter glades while hunting for remaining powder, and an occasional groomer run or a skicross trail run (just against friends, not really competitive).
I'm a 5'9", 150lbs, very athletic but with an injured knee which hurts from pivoting heavy skis all day, hence light 108s for powder, can get down any run with good speed, but sometimes lack finesse, particularly in moguls
So I'm thinking what to do:
1. get something all-condition west cost and reserve 108 for fresh powder days
2. get something more front-side specific and use 108 for any conditions besides icy
I considered the following:
current Mantras - possibly too wide and too powder-focused now?
Kastle FX95 - very interesting but possibly too heavy?
90eight - tempting that they are so light, but will they hold up at higher speeds on groomers?
Blizzard Bonafide - seem like a good alternative to the current Mantra
Nordica Enforcer - same as above
Volkl Kendo - interesting if going narrower?
I would appreciate any ideas