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I'm not a park skier, but my first thought is to tell you to visit your local ski shop and let them help you find the ski that's right for you, based on your ability and where you spend most of your time. In my humble opinion, don't get hung up too much on a particular brand of skis. All the manufacturers seem to have their own "Gee Whiz" technology built into their skis, but all this technology, or buying the most expensive pair of skis isn't necessarily going to make you a better skier or help you nail that "big trick." Instruction, technique and practice are what's going to get you there.
The little I do know is that there are 2 different types of twin tip or park skis. One is an all mountain twin tip ski that may be better for you if you spend most of your time skiing outside the park. The other is just the normal twin tip ski which is used primarily in the terrain park, but can be used to venture outside the park. Good luck.
Welcome to EpicSki.
There are some in your category for an all mountain ski that has a propensity for park. If I were going to go with a volkl I'd go with the Kink. From Armada the strong contender is the AlDente. I'm not familiar with the Head Caddy but I'll check into that. One of the skis that I sell a lot of for this world is the Nordica Soul Rider. @Finndog may have something to say about this ski.
Not really sure how to answer the question about a 3 year old pair of skis vs. this years models. If you can't get to a ski shop, it wouldn't hurt to call one or two and ask some questions. I would imagine they would be helpful and probably be able to give you some unbiased information.
I imagine you've probably done your own research, but after reading your post, I found a couple articles you might find interesting and arm yourself with some more knowledge.
www.trails.com › Snow & Ice Sports › Skiing › Ski Tips
I don't ride park all that often anymore, so the park skis I do ride are pretty much all mountain as well. I've mostly ridden line skis in the past and they are nice but don't hold up as good as some others. And for this season I just bought some kastle xx90's, and they're a bit stiffer than some park skis I've ridden, which is nice for days with the fam when I'm skiing hardpack (but over pushing them is still pretty easy), but they've got that early rise camber and I believe (though I can't remember for sure) a sintered 7000 base, which is much harder than a lot of park skis, so that's a plus too when dealing with rails and all. And when I went up last week the weather turned out to be different than we were expecting, so I hit some bumps with them and they did alright in them too even with them center mounted. A review was done on kastle on here for when they first came out with the park series (all specs still the same for the park skis)...
I've heard good things about the punx from several people, and my friend has the caddy, he really like them... But for park, it's such a style and preference thing, that I don't think you can really go wrong as long a ski isn't like notoriously bad... Best of luck to you!