A new ski that is not this years model has nothing to do with how it will ride. I was thinking of getting new skis this year, but I love my Candides so much that I am just going to wait until something better comes out. Unless you ski in pow all the time, this ski is absolutely awesome. It has a nice stiff feel which is more responsive than many others, it feels good in the air, and it rides so well. The tail might not be as tall as other twins, but unless you are in deep stuff all the time it does not matter at all. Get those skis bro, you will be very happy.