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how stiff do you like your skis? personally, i dont think the blends are that stiff, medium tip and tail, stiff-ish underfoot. personally, i think its one of the best skis i've ever strapped on my feet. stable, grips on hard snow well, locks on rails and stable on jumps. plus it float pretty well in powder and is pretty quick and maneuverable when it needs to be. all said, i love them, i've had two pairs, with a third coming this year (although the 2011s have early rise)
The blend is more of a powder/all mountain/park ski. If you ski a decent amount of powder then its a good one quiver ski but if you dont ski powder it sounds like you should be looking at the Chronic Kryptonite. People will say they are stiff but thats compared to other park skis like invaders which are noodles. Compared to normal skis they are still pretty soft. I would go for the Chronic Kryptonites.
I have them and love them. But in my opinion, the blends are better for bigger skiers, because they are kinda heavy and a little on the stiff side according to my roommate who is 5'9 150. I'm 6'3" 190 and they are buttery play sticks for me. If you're a smaller guy, I'd recommend the anthem (or next years step-up) for a solid all mtn/ park ski. I've had both the anthem and the blend, and they are both sweet, it just depends on how big you are.