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Help Me Get Off These K2 El Camino Woody's...please!? I've been out of the game

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I've had these skis for 10 years, and love the wood core but they have lost their pop and edge.  I would like to 'get with the times' and get a used shaped ski.  My K2's are 178's , but I hear you should go shorter for newer skis?  I'm looking for a ski that turns easy ( I guess all shaped skis do?) because I have a bad knee from an acl mishap.  I have been skiing for 15 years and would say I'm intermediate-higher intermediate... looking for an all mountain ski mostly for New England (not huge powder, some ice, some groom and glades)

My stats
28yrs old 5'10" 175lbs intermediate all mountain ski

what would you guys recommend for brand ,model and size?
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I remember those old K2 boards - cool topsheet graphics!
I would suggest you demo a few times to get a good idea of what's out there & which attributes you prefer.  I liken it to test driving a car - some guys like Cadillacs, some like Porsches. Once you find a pair that fits your style, buy a set of demos or an end-of-season closeout. 
The member gear reviews posted here are invaluable, too.
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Buying skis for your requirements is not rocket science. Since you want to buy used, long dissertations on brands and models are silly because in the end, you'll just buy on price. So here are a few general guidelines.

Length...........you could go anywhere in the 170-178 range. Longer is more stable, shorter is more manuverable.

Waist width...you could choose anything in the range of 78mm to 85mm or so. Narrower is more nimble in bumps and on groomers, wider will be better in 3-D snow. (Realistically, up to 6" doesn't count as deep and the narrower end of the scale is fine in that snow depth.

Flex.............Stiffer will give you better grip but will be less forgiving and more tiring in general. Medium will be a compromise of everything. Softer will be very easy and comfortable but may lack somewhat in grip and energy.

Ability level...No need for you to buy a top of the line model. One step down from the top is still more ski than your ability level requires but won't punish you for your shortcomings.

So, two models that you could consider and that you can probably find used......Dynastar Legend 8000, Nordica Nitrous. Both are good enough skis for most expert skiers without being too punishing at your level.

SJ
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