Should I get 2016 Salomon Q90 w/ Salomon Z10 bindings or 2015 Volkl Kendo w/ Salomon STH2 13 bindings? Either will cost me about $450.
Any other good suggestions? I'd like to stay within that price range plus, minus a few bucks.
Where do you plan to ski mostly and what type of terrain and/or snow do you like to ski?
Beware of the Z10 binding. It has a reputation for broken heel tracks.
The Q90 should be better for you. Stay away from the Z10 binding if you can. It's a smooth ski that is good on western snow for an intermediate skier.
The 2015 Kendo is still the original Kendo with a slight tip rocker. It's a bit too high strung for most skiers. The 2016 model is a completely new model - a bit more forgiving. Way more $$.
I agree the Q90 is the better ski for you. I would go STH 12 or Z12 for bindings and just stay away from the 10 DIN range bindings if you can. You'll get a lot more life out of the 12s, chances are you'll be able to use them on your next pair of skis.