Hey NS fam, this season is wrapping up so I'm hoping to get some advice on a new pair of sticks for the next season (and hopefully many more after this). I'm not able to go demo skis so I'm trying to get an opinion formed based off of online reviews and hopefully personal input from this thread.
Based off the how to ask for advice thread I'll run through a bit a bio of myself:
I'm based in Alberta and I have recently been getting into the whole freeride scene. A major goal of mine is to do some competitions like FWT qualifications (hoping to make it to RED, Kicking Horse, and Lake Louise), I do diddle in the park occasionally but I wouldn't consider myself a full blown park skier. Although I have been learning some new stuff in the park and would at least like to try to get 270s on and off on lock next season as well.
So I am looking for a jack of all trades, master of none type of ski (sorry that's a super general statement, but it's the truth). I have ridden a pair of JSkis whipits in the past (still own it but the edges are destroyed because of parking lot antics), and I am currently riding on a pair of 2015 Line Mangum Opus. One thing I want to mention is that I absolutely love how the Mangum Opus rides, it's been amazing all over the mountain and I have been using it in the park. I learned how to blind 270 off of rails on them, and they just super playful skis which ties into what I would like to believe is my playful riding style. But they also allow me to really dig into deep carves if I'm more aggressive which is something I would like to have in my new ski.
I'm just under 6' tall, so I would be wanting to snag a pair that is at least my body height if not taller. The Mangum Opus's I am riding measure at 178 which works but I feel like I can really benefit from riding a longer pair of skis.
Currently I am eyeing up the JSkis vacation right now, partly because I also really enjoyed the whipit, partly because J offers a payment plan which would definitely help on the financial side of things. I have also kinda looked at the Moment Deathwish and the On3p Kartel 106 but I don't know anyone who rides them so they're only on my list because they share similar specs to the Vacation. I'm definitely open to other brands too!