I gambled, too. I was planning on demo-ing a few, but I just couldn't pass up the deal.
I'm super happy with the purchase, though. I traded off some things from the AC3, but they're things I'm willing to sacrifice (hard snow grip, for example) in order to get the benefits the AC3 was lacking, namely shorter turns. The Stryker was really forgiving and could be turned from anywhere, but I also didn't think the AC3 was too demanding last year. This year would most likely be a different ball game, and I'm glad that was pointed out to me on this board.
The Strykers weren't ideal on the brief time I spent on moguls so I'll definitely need to practice, but moguls aren't really my priority. Again, trade-offs.
I worried about the weight, which is why I also considered the AC2, but I didn't think it was much of an issue when I skied it other than maybe a little nimbleness in the moguls.
I found the ski stable enough for me, but I'm sure others can push it past its limit.