I was in the same situation as you yesterday. I was pretty set on getting 183 blends but then found out the store had one last pair of 09 Bacons for 65 bucks off. Needless to say I jumped on the bacons because they better suit my skiing style.
I would definitely suggest looking for bacons, they're an extremely fun all mountain ski if you ski to enjoy the terrain and like something soft. (Really fun for jibbing and butters).
If you like an equal balance of width and a more maneuverable ski then get the blends.
Also maybe check out the ARV's? They're a very fun ski and similar to the blends.
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