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Hey all, I'm looking for a new set of skis for next season. I've been running a 2019 K2 Marksmen that's served me well but I'm looking for an upgrade. I'm currently mainly a resort skier looking for side hits, drops, and hitting the steep terrain. Otherwise, I just cruise around the resort that's typically blown out. I do park here and there so I'm not to worried on that side of the spectrum yet I still want a ski that can go for a few park laps when I want to. I'm going to try some touring and backcountry next season and for the future so I want something that can handle that. I'm going to mount some Look Pivot 15s with the cast touring system because I'm still going to be doing tricks and lapping the resort. My current options are the Moment Wildcat 108, ON3P Jeffery 108, 4frnt Inthayne, 4frnt Raven, and Moment Deathwish. The 4frnt Inthayne is the widest of the bunch at 118, so it's a possibility that its to much for me. I'm more open to the 4frnt because of the more budget friendly price and will wait for a sale for the others. I'm open to other suggestions as long as they're budget-friendly (preferably cheaper than $700). Otherwise, if you own any of these I'd love an opinion!
Deathwishes are super great skis that can rip in all conditions and are light enough to tour on. They have been my main ski for the past couple of years, and I honestly think they are the single best 1 ski quiver for most mountains in the west. They charge through crud like a stiffer and heavier ski, but can still jib around on sidehits and powder. When you want to ski a ~120 underfoot ski, they feel like that-- and when you want a ~100mm ski, they feel like that.
That being said, the Jeffery 108 and Wildcat 108 are pretty much the staples for a playful charging ski, so they are also definitely good choices too. J108 is a bit softer and more jibby, and the Wildcat is more chargy.
For other suggestions, the 4FRNT Devastator is a good middle ground between the Jeffery and Wildcat. It's pretty stiff, but definetly still playful and great for a lot of conditions. I only have a few days on mine, but I am yet to find their speed limit, and they absolutely rip in blown out conditions.
Also, look at the Armada Whitewalker, J skis Hotshot, and Moment Meridian.