I'm looking for some back country skis this winter and don't really know what to look for. A friend of mine showed me his tonight which were easily as wide as most alpine skis and had metal edges. He said they were great for trail breaking and gave him a lot of flotation. I think he said they were 200 cm. The boots he had were heavy looking almost like hiking boots with extra ankle support and a vibram type sole.
What should I be looking for while shopping for these style skis? I plan on using them breaking trail to get to hunting areas and won't be following trails much at all.
Any suggestions? And what should I expect to spend?