"Have you never made an impulse buy? "
Yeah, I've made plenty of impulse buys in my time.
But usually when it comes to gear that's going to cost me a pretty penny I ask around a bit before plunking down on something.
For example, I purchased some Lib-Tech NAS Mt. Baker's this summer. I have never skied these skis.
But I went on both Epic and TGR and asked about them first. Then I consulted with a number of snowboarding friends who have ridden Lib-Tech boards. And I grilled a number of folks at shops that carried them about the ski and how it compares to some of the others in my quiver. I did all of this before I plunked down on them. I don't know if I did the right thing, but I feel pretty good about the purchase, enough that I didn't have to ask anybody if I did the right thing. Hell, it was crazy enough to buy 'em without ever having demoed them. Nevermind that they are irridescent pink and purple with screaming monkies on the topsheets!
At any rate, I didn't mean to be a dick, but it's just funny when people go out and buy something and then ask if they did the right thing. When one does the right thing they know they've done the right thing. When one has to inquire as to whether or not they've done the right thing they probably haven't. But that's just based on my personal experience which could very well be vastly different from yours.
In terms of your recent purchase, the obvious "right" thing would have been to have asked about the skis prior to buying them, getting some feedback from folks who have ridden them, and then possibly waiting until there was some snow and you could have demoed a pair to see if you truly do dig them.
Having purchased them, however, the best thing to do is mount 'em up and ride 'em (or as my buddy MTT has told me in the past, "get out there and make that ski your b!tch").
Have a good season and here's to hoping that these new sticks rock your world.
emoticons in posts generally refer to sarcasm/satire, which my initial post was so obviously teeming with.