Looking to get some more advanced skis. I'm an advanced but not expert skier, mostly skiing the groomed eastern slopes, with a trip out west every couple years. I like to ski fast. I'm 5'9" and 165 lb. I was just at a store that had a couple nice looking pairs of skis, one new and one used. New pair - Dynastar Contact Cross 12 that they offered to sell me for $450 Canadian including bindings. Used - Head MPulse 5.70, 170 cm. They have some miles but they look to be in great shape and I could probably get them for a quarter of the price of the new skis.
How much has ski technology evolved since 2004? Also, the new skis are a 172, which is 10 cm longer than my current skis and up to about the middle of my forehead. Is that about the right length?
One last question. I've had my ski boots for longer than the skis and they've always been hard to get onto my feet. My toes go right to the end of the boot with no extra room and they get cold really easily. The only time my toes ever get cold is when they're in ski boots. I have a feeling that my boots never did fit properly. Any feedback on boot fit would be appreciated.