I've read a bunch of posts on this forum already, but figured I would post something more specific to me.
I'm trying to build my first touring setup and have bunch of skis I'm trying to decide between. Profile is a lighter aggressive skier at 5'9" and about 135lbs, currently ride 180 Soul 7s in the resort (Sierra mountains), spending almost all of my time on the blacks/double blacks.
The things I like about the 2016 Soul 7's with my Pivot bindings is the fact that they're light and maneuverable. I can glide on powder days but also catch air and rip a line of bumps. Obviously they aren't great in hard pack or crud, but I still have fun on them.
Looking for a BC ski under the $1k price range that will handle some charging. I don't really see myself using this ski at the resort since I have my 7's for that. Probably will be touring more in softer snow and after fresh dumps as opposed to wind blown and cruddy. Since I'm on the lighter side, I probably want to stay on the lighter side of skis, but want to make sure I don't go so light that the ski isn't fun. I didn't start looking too much into bindings yet, but will probably be aiming for something like the Fritschi Tecton's because I'm overly paranoid about a pre-release while charging.
Here are the skis I'm trying to decide between, in no particular order. I can get a pretty good deal on the Helio 105s and the Backland FR 102s. I'm just not sure if the Helios are too light and will feel like more of a traverse oriented ski rather than a fun riding ski.
Head Kore 105
Zero G 108
Volkl VTA 108
Atomic Backland FR 102
Atomic Backland 107
Black Diamond Route 105
Black Diamond Helio 105
Let me know what you think. Thanks!