After 6 years I think I've finally realised that my skis are shagged, I was running 179 K2 domains 2013 (realistically they are 184 in height) as I had the belief that I was going to focus on more park and try and learn tricks. I think I've finally come to the realisation 360s and a couple of grabs are probably going to be the extent of my freestyle capabilities as I can't get out to ski as often anymore and while I want to do more park and off piste I spend most of my time on piste.
I'm looking to buy a new set of skis this year before winter, I primarily ski in France and Switzerland and while I would like to do more off piste, the conditions in the last couple of years haven't really enabled much off piste skiing.
Things I'm looking for from my skis:
- High top speed capability: (my domains chatter and waver at high speed, which is annoying) by high speed I regularly go 45-56 mph on runs so I would say its quite important to me (what actually influences this on a ski?)
- Carving capability (my domains are a nightmare to carve at any speed), they don't have to be easy
- All mountain capability: 60-70% on piste remainder off (so not boats on my feet, been looking sub 100 waist)
- Twin tips (atleast slightly): I ski backwards a lot
- Bit of park capability to pop off jumps but definitely harder than my domains.
- A base that stays waxed for a while (when waxed they don't last many days before going back to being slow AF but they are pretty ragged)
- One ski for everything, don't ski enough to warrant multiple sets
194lb / 88kg
TBH the newschoolers review has captured the essence of what I have experienced with the domains
Skis I've looked at:
Black Crow Captis - 179
Black Crow Camox - 180
Line Chronic - 178
Faction Priodigy 1.0 - 181
Armada Arv 96 - 177
Looking at reviews most people on here recommend longer skis for someone as my height but I've mentioned all slightly smaller lengths as due to pivoting and skiing backwards a lot i found the length of the domains (pretty sure they are actually 184 not 179 tip to tip) to overlap with each other quite a bit which I think is due to the length, but I'd welcome any insights you may have!
I've read some reviews that the Camox handles higher speed better than the Captis, but I have struggled to find information about the Line,Factions and Armada's in relation to their speed on piste (as this is important to me but i guess not the purpose of those skis). I don't know anything about bases but the ones on the Domain were terrible and not something I want on a new ski, preferably something hard wearing and keeps wax for at least a week. .
I've tried my friends Captis 2017 and they were worlds better than the Domains on piste and he said that the bases on these barely need to be waxed ( in comparison to every 2 to 3 days with the state of my domains).
Apologies for the wall of text just wanted to try and provide as much information as possible! What do you recommend and why?