As a reminder, I've slalomed on an old EP Vector (circa mid 90s) for 25+ years. Still love it. But the two I own are now breaking down. Prior to that, an old Mastercraft Graphite ski and learned on Cypress Gardens skis like everyone else in the 70s.
I've skied now for 44 years. I'm 54, 5'6" 125 pounds. I consider myself intermediate simply from years of experience although I've only tried a slalom course a few times in my life. I love open water skiing and creating walls of water. A typical short run for me would be 30-40 minutes. I can ski forever...or so my husband and kids complain.
After much debate and research I found a brand new 2016 Radar P6 with Lyric boot reasonably priced, although some people who commented (much appreciated by the way!) said that ski would not be enough. I didn't want to spend too much and thought this would be a good transitional ski -- maybe it would get me into the modern age of skiing. First time out? EPIC FAIL. The Lyric boot held my lower leg at a weird angle! So, it left me a little sour. Then I remembered someone mentioned Wiley bindings on my last thread. So instead of spending the outrageous fortune on shipping that ski back, I bought the Wiley front boot. First time out? BOOM! What a difference. I like the ski but I'm not sure it will perform like I want -- only time will tell. If not, my novice daughter-in-law can use it. My question...what ski would be next in my "transition to the modern age" line.
Also, will that Wiley binding break in some? WOW. What a tight fit.
Me and my beloved EP Vector: