I am 37 years old, 5'10", 205 lbs now but hoping to get back down to 190 by December. I only ski in New England, mainly Vermont and Sugarloaf in Maine. I only get to ski @5-10 days a year. I grew up skiing but stopped after high school until I was about 30. When I got back into it I picked up a slightly used pair of Volkl Six Stars. They were incredible at high speed and carving on groomers. Unfortunately I found them too stiff in the bumps and trees. I eventually ripped the bindings out so I had to replace them. I picked up another used pair, this time Head Mojo 90s. They are much lighter, less demanding, and more fun in the woods and bumps. I like them but I am not in love with them. They can't hold a candle to the six stars on groomers at high speed. I didn't expect them to but the tip chatter is unnerving. I would like something a bit better at speed on the groomers but still be playful in the woods and bumps like the Mojo's. Also, a less demanding ski is my preference. The Six Stars were very demanding and exhausting by the end of the day.
I have narrowed it down to the Volkl Kendo's or the Blizzard Bonafides. Unfortunately the odds of me making it to a demo day are highly unlikely. So I need to buy based on reviews and recommendations. I can't seem to find a bad review about the Bonafides. I also can't seem to find that many used pairs for sale. Which is usually a sign that people like them a lot and don't sell them quickly after they've bought them,
I am an intermediate skier. Not an expert but any means. I still can't ski the bumps well and that is where I would like to improve the most. Any recommendations you guys may have I appreciate.