I'm wanting a new setup for especially for a trip to New Zealand in July and Japan in January '11, and trying to older the gear from the US cos of the cheap spring sales you've got going (I'm in Australia where the prices are generally around twice the cost).
As a skier last season I was progressing into the park more and loving it, but still got a long way to go. So I want a ski thats around 50% park/50% all mountain
(especially for a little powder in Japan but still okay on groomers in Oz). In the park i've got more of a jumps focus and probably wont be hitting any/many metal rails, mostly just long/down boxes.
Here's what i've found/come up with so far with their total costs (including shipping and mounting bindings at a local store):
1. '10 K2 Kung Fujas with Marker Griffon Schizos~$660
-more of a 'does everything' ski, i've heard/read about durability issues tho and i'd have to get it through a parcel forwarding service
2. '10 Volkl Walls with Marker Griffon bindings (not the schizos) ~$600
-heard its a solid ski, durable and stiffer, but I wouldnt know where to mount it. +3? from sierrasnowboard.com
3. '10 Volkl Ledges with Dynastar PX12s or Salomon Z12 TI's ~$550
-heard its a softer park ski, not so good on groomers? from rei.com
Over to you guys, whataya think and any other suggestions?
and thanks in advance for all your help/suggestions/thoughts =)