A newb that has been lurking here and find the quality of content outstanding. Based on the info here I am slowly getting back into the game. I have been out of the game for 7 years. I lost all my gear in a flood that wasn't covered under insurance. Life, work intervened and I never seemed to find time to get on the slopes. I moved from Pittsburgh to Chicago and that even hurt more as the time to the slopes mandated planning a trip versus a quick skip to the hill when time allowed. Lastly, until recently I was rocking my vintage Olin Mark IV's simply because I liked them. I am self taught and started late. I played hockey all my life through college and short stint in the A, so edging was easy ti pick up and watching my friends who were better then me gave me role models to emulate. I have skied primarily East Coast, but also have been out west and handled blacks with no issues and some aplomb to be honest.
So after reading all the newb threads, which are great by the way, I dropped the dime on a pair of Tecnica Mach 1 MV 120's. They are like bedroom slippers. And the 120 is plenty stiff for my 6 foot 7 258lb frame. Now I am looking at boards. I have been out 3 times on rentals from the shop where I bought the boots. I rode the MX 78 177(?), MX88 177 and the VOLKL RSM (?) in 180. After the rides my guy got feedback and is proposing the 2014 Kendo or Brahma as my one ski quiver for local riding, a trip home to the East and as my all purpose ride when I go out west (Whistler the first week in March.) I have no reason to question my guy he fitted my boots and has been great at helping figure out where i should go. I am looking for any feedback from similarly situated, size and style, skiers with thoughts on these two skis 2014 Kendo or the 2015 Brahma. I like to ski all conditions and even try my hand in the bumps from time to time, though I need more gym time to get the core back for extended play.
My feedback on the skis I road were generally positive. The Kastle skis are top notch but out of my budget. I liked the turn initiation of the 78 but liked the stability and pep of the 88. The Volkl was a rocket and at times seemed to want to dictate the turn as opposed to me based on the conditions (namely downde skiers in my path) it also was stable and decent in the bumps.
So to conclude, is the Brahma 187 too much ski? would the older Kendo in 184 be too much ski? I am looking to improve and expect that getting to know my gear will help inspire me to get better which is the goal. All thoughts are appreciated.
PS: I know there is extended discussion in many of the threads about the virtues of each ski, but some of the language is lost on me. I am really trying to make a good buying decision and lastly, the shop doesn't have a demo in either. It is a try it and buy it proposition. Thanks and apologies for the novella.