I'm looking for a playful all mountain ski with a bit of flex, but that I can still use to rip around groomers when I'm chasing friends around. I've done a fair amount of research on a number of skis, but still can't decide what would work best for me.
I'm 6'5, but I only weight 190lbs, so I've been a bit concerned about weight being an issue. I predominantly ski the French Alps, so its a bit of mixture of terrain, but not a heap of park, although I would definitely like to do a bit more and improve my abilities. I've been skiing since I was four, so I'm pretty comfortable with most things. My current skis are an old pair of the 108 width Rossignol Soul 7s that I got for a song a few years back before I went to Japan, but I'm in the market for something more interesting/playful.
Here are the skis I've been looking at so far, and my concerns with each:
ON3P Kartel/Jeffery 108s - slightly worried about weight and that I'd be better getting something a different width to my S7s
ON3P Kartel/Jeffery 96s - wondering whether at my height I'd be better with the wider option, but probably my first choice right now
Moment PB&J - heard great things, but that they're quite stiff, and I want to learn how to butter which is putting me off a bit
J Skis Vacation - absolutely love the topsheets, but seems like they're a bit too soft for ripping around, and I swear J used to offer free international shipping... US$200 for shipping is tough to swallow. Also 186 is going to run very short for me I think.
19/20 Line SFBs - concerned that the flex is going to be too noodle-y for anything other than jibbing, but since these are this year's skis I'm guessing no one outside the reviewers has skied them unless someone got to demo?
Armada ARV 106 - these seem to be sort of the middle of the road option - decent at everything, but I'd be interested to hear more
J Skis Metal - solves some of my problems with the vacation, but they also don't go above 186, which when you're my height is a bit of a problem - also don't love the new topsheets as much as some of the previous editions in all honesty - god I wish I'd bought Ridgeline when I first saw it, even if they are too short. Summit and Exposure were also amazing.
If anyone has any other suggestions I'm all ears, thanks very much for all and any advice you can offer.