Just got back from a trip to Big Sky. While out there, I had the chance to demo a pair of K2 Aftershock and Volkl Kendo skis (177cm.) The Aftershocks were nice, but kind of "flat." By that I mean not very responsive. The Kendo's, on the other hand, were fantastic - very quick from edge to edge and busted through anything. (The picture in my avatar is of me on the Kendo's.)
So, now I am thinking of buying new skis. My list is down to the Kendo's or MX88's. I have not had the opportunity to demo the MX88's, but every review I've read raves about them. The two skis appear very similar in shape and construction. Do the Kendo's and MX 88's "behave" the same? If the MX88's are a notch up in performance, are they worth the price difference?
My profile: I am 51 and started skiing when I was 16. My height is 6'1" and I weigh 210 lbs. Live in Minnesota and get out west once a year. In Minnesota, I can ski anything. Out west, I ski the front side - mostly blue squares and black diamonds. I do not ski in the trees or bumps. I ski with my 14 year old son and have no problem keeping up with him - we both ski from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm with about a half hour lunch stop.