Pros: Floats well in soft snow and crud, holds an edge on firm
Cons: A bit heavy for uphill, a bit soft for chargers
In spite of that Blizzard's Kabookie does a superb job of blending a lot of conflicting criteria in one package. With a waist width of 98mm it is not the fastest turning ski on the block. It likes medium radius turns but has no problem with popping off tighter turns with a bit more input from the skier, or running straight without getting floppy at speed.
The early rise tip combined with a damp, yet lively wood core make it an absolute delight when plowing through crud or mush. That early rise tip is a major advantage when breaking trail in the backcountry as well.
The only negatives are that it is a tad heavy for backcountry use, but not out of line if you pair it with a Dynafiddle binder. It is also a tad soft for hard charging at high speed, but it does handle the bumps well if you're an above average skier who's aggressive without being psychotic.
A great ski for 60/40 resort/backcountry skiing. More review insight here >>
Length Tested: 180cm
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 21
Camber: Early Rise, Tip & Tail w/camber
Mount point: 1cm forward of chord center (tele)
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Sugar Bowl Backcountry
Number of Runs: 8
Snow Conditions: packed, corn, mush
Demo or Own: Demo
Height/Weight: 5'8" 165lb
Ski Days/Season: 50+
Years Skiing: 40
Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse)
Current Quiver: Atomic RT86, BD Aspect, Sportiva RT, K2 Wayback
Home Area: Tahoe Backcountry,Sugar Bowl Sidecountry
Preferred Terrain: off-piste, trees, couloirs