I can't make up my mind which skis to get. I got stuck between Volkil Kendo and Dynastar Slicer and cant decide what's best for me.
Please pardon me if I am not able articulate my preferences very well so your thoughts and general considerations will be very helpful.
I am 42 years old 5'3" 140lb fairly athletic (long distance running, biking) I started alpine skiing late in life (about 28) but I was doing cross country (nordic) since early childhood. I skied for 6 years and was told that I did fairly well. I was skiing mostly Alta and Snowbird and did most of Katherine's and terrain around Little Cloud lift fairly well. I had an injury (not ski related) and did not ski for 7 years or so. I would like to get back to skiing (carefully because of the injury).
I was doing roughly 60/40 off/on piste skiing and as far as I can judge I did and liked aggressive, fast and energetic turns especially on groomers.
All six years skied K2 Merlin IV 187cm which were pretty long for my height and took some work to control on bumps but worked well (I have nothing to compare it to) on groomers and ok on powder.
Now I have no idea how a shorter and much wider ski would work for me. I know I will be skiing almost exclusively west coast and would like to do 60/40 terrain/groomed skiing. I will not likely to try moguls and I might be forced to ski more groomers because of the injury (just do not know yet)
I talked to some ski shop guys and they recommend Slicer over Kendo saying Kendo is too stiff and not so great for west cost off trail skiing and that Slicer is much more versatile and enjoyable. One guy said so even though he did not have Slicer for my height and had Kendo and potentially lost a sale :-)
I was also reading various reviews and demo reports on Kendo and Slicer on this forums and they are mixed and I am not sure how to evaluate them. I almost decided on Slicer but then found this review that worried me a bit. I would prefer energetic powerful turns review implies the opposite. I do not have experience skiing on different skis and I am not sure how relaxed is relaxed (I am sure GS champion relaxed turn would be a super powerful one for me :-)
Dynastar 6th Sense Slicer
I realize I did not provide you with enough info to provide good advise but I am not sure what else to say
Please, give me your thoughts or ask some questions and help me decide
I have choice of 163 or 170cm Kendos and 169 Slicer. If you recommend Kendo what size would be better for me?
Thank you very much in advance,