First post on epicski ... I've been lurking for awhile now, but decided to post this question before making a purchase. I've been skiing for the last 4 seasons. After the recent season, I would say I'm about an advanced level skier now - about level 7(maybe 8) ... about 5'10, 163 pounds. I usually get in about 20 days a season. I've come to love bump runs, even though my current technique leaves more to be desired I currently have a pair of novice skis (AC 7.4 unlimited golds) and after 2 seasons with them, I'm looking forward to buying a pair of big-boy skis.
I'm based in the east-coast (VT usually; Killington, Okemo, Mt. Snow), but probably will make 1 or 2 major trips out west per season. I demo-ed the Kendos while I was in Tahoe in March and I really enjoyed it. It really held well while edging on hardpack, and I was comfortable enough off-piste when the conditions were a little more unpredictable (slush, crud etc.). However, I understand that this ski (with it's stiffer flex) will not perform as well in deep powder ... and I'm fine with that, considering I ski primarily in the east coast.
My questions/concerns are mainly this ... is this a good ski to buy for my ability? Seeing as I'm looking to buy the Kendos as my primary ski, I feel as though I should demo a few more skis before making this decision. Would anyone recommend doing this? (and what skis would you recommend?) To be clear, I really loved my time riding the Kendos - I would've bought a pair if not for this nagging feeling of testing other skis before making this purchase! haha. The kendos are going for about 400 (w/o bindings) on ebay right now which is a perfect price range for me. I'm always trying to improve/refine my technique, and am wondering if the Kendos are conducive towards that?
Lastly, If I do get the Kendos, should I go for 170 or 177? (I demo-ed 170s) What difference would it make for someone of my ability/weight+height?
Thanks a lot!