Sorry for the hijack, but I need some advice from the savvy NS community.
I'm a crap skier in the park. 3's are my limit (at the moment) and I hardly go near boxes/rails. Goal is to have backs/fronts and 540s locked down this season. I'm a decent skier in the BC and on the groomers. At the moment I'm riding 176cm Chronics, and I love them. Super stable and so easy to charge with, yet I can still have fun in any conditions with 'em. I love all types of skiing and go everywhere.
However, I'm more and more enjoying just mucking around at lower speeds popping off little lips and natural features. I really want to learn to butter (tried on the chronics but they're too stiff and my talent is too soft). And get into presses/taps/other fun shit. I'm aware a lot of this is easily achievable on the chronics, but I'm guessing A-bangs would make it easier.
I've been offered a pre season deal on some 2011 177cm afterbangs (after a bit of negotiation). I can get them with the new marker squire (din 3-11) for $960NZ. That package over here retails for $1250.
Now I've never skied afterbangs but I'm pretty confident I'll love a second set of playful skis. Should I demo a set before committing to a purchase?
I ski less than 20 days a year and that includes no urban and very little boxes/rails as mentioned.
Is there a different ski/binding package I should be looking at?
Keep in mind that down here we only get the mainstream brands, volkl, k2, Line, 4frnt, Dynastar, Nordica Rossignol, Salomon etc. No moment, surface or the likes.
I'm 6'2" and 72kg (160ish lbs)
Any and all advice appreciated from people who know their shit. +K