Everything i've read on the Head IM 78 is very positive and having demoed several Supershape models i like the 'feel' of the Head products. Almost ready to take the plunge but just gotta resolve two nagging questions first.
1: At $500-600 with bindings the IM78s are pricey for a last season stick. Is there anything else that is up to the task performance-wise for a little less $$? Really looking for something between 75-80mm waist, versatility being the main goal of this purchase i need something that can handle most any snow. I like the Elan's (magfire 78?) but suspect they might be a little more carvy than the Heads.
2: 171 or 177? I'm 5'10, 155 level 8. I imagine the 177 is going to be too beefy for me but I dont want to lose too much in cruddy snow. I demoed some peak 88s two weeks ago in a 175 and got the feeling that i needed another 3 inches and 35 pounds to get the most out of them. With the IM being a bit softer should i take the chance or play it safe with the 171?
Thanks in advance..