mystery3I did the same transition, on Craigslist X-Wings and everything, though I grew up skiing before boarding for 15ish years. I ended up buying the ARV 96 but we'll need more info:
Where do you ski primarily?
How big are you?
What didn't you like about the revolts?
Anything you did like about them?
Is there any chance you can make it to a spring demo day in your local area and get on a bunch of different skis?
Also, you don't really need to bump a thread that's still on the first page, this site is not busy enough to always have an answer within minutes of posting.
Appreciate the reply.
I ski west coast primarily, I am in Tahoe. I will venture over to UT and sometimes Squaw, but thats my current range and I am 5'6 210 lbs.
I felt as though I couldn't carve anywhere on the mountain with the Revolt 95s, All the way from powder on top of the mount down to the groomers closer to the base I felt a lot of chattering. I did enjoy the pop these ski's had while pushing through trees, but the back of the ski felt unstable as if it were washing out when cutting pretty sharply. With only one day on the mountain, these ski's also looked more beat up than 2008 X Wings, the durability and construction was pretty poor.
I will say, the one thing that was interesting is that I could just straight bomb down the groomer instead of carving and it felt relatively stable, but as soon as I would start to carve, these ski was just almost unmanageable.
Fortunately enough in Tahoe, I can get a demo for the majority of major brands from a couple of the retailers out here. I am open to demoing multiple ski's just as someone of a "beginner skier" I am not familiar with all the different styles and not totally sure what exactly I am looking for.