I've been skiing on some Head Monster 77's this past season and have really enjoyed their performance. Unfortunately, they are my brother's skis and now that he is back from deployment I have to give them up. Normally I would try to find another pair but cannot seem to find them in a 177 anywhere.
In looking around (locally and on-line) I've found the K2 Recon (and Interceptor) and the Stockli Stormrider L in my price range. I'd prefer to buy new rather than used if possible, but have no issues going with eBay if needed.
I've done a lot of searching on the site (and the web) about these two skis. The Stormrider L sounds like it is a bit higher performing than the Recon, but not as demanding as the more "traditional" Stockli skis. The Recon seems like a fairly good all-around performer but nothing special in any one area.
Primary use will be frontside in Colorado chasing my kids around and an occasional trip to UT. If the snow is deep I'll demo, if not I need the ski to perform in most conditions.
I'm 6'2", 220 lbs, fairly competent skier and a Scorpio if that helps. In UT, I ski the Empire, Sultan, and Mayflower chairs at Deer Valley, almost all of Alta, and spend time in Mineral Basin at Snowbird. I also like Snowbasin and the Jupiter area of Park City. In CO it is 100% groomers and not too fast (yet ... the kids are getting faster). I am not a "carver" of turns.
Of the two skis, which would provide a similar ride to the Monsters? The K2's would be a 177, the Stockli's a 178. Dimensions are close, the K2 definitely feels softer than the Head's, and the prices are in my ballpark (~ $400'ish with bindings).
Thanks in advance for any and all input.