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2011-12 Kendo v. Bushwacker

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

So I just demo'd the Volkl Kendo on Sat and loved it, but then my local shop owner suggested if I was trying 88's to take a run on the Blizzard Bushwacker. Wow. Now I am in a fix since I loved both of these skis. I skied the Kendo in the morning before lunch, and the Bushwacker after, but the conditions had not changed much - about 48 degrees and no recent snow, so spring soft snow conditions. I am at a small hill in upstate NY so I did not have much of a mix of terrain to try, but I took them both through bumps, short radius to long radius turns on the groomed. I tried the 170cm Kendo and 173cm Bushwacker. Anyone have any thoughts on deciding between these two great skis. I almost feelings like it may just come down to price.

post #2 of 12

It'd help if you let us know you height, weight, skill level, etc

post #3 of 12

If it is coming down to price, buy this years Kendo and be done with it. You won't see a Bushwacker on sale let alone even available until next season. 

post #4 of 12

Funny thing I demo'd the same ski's yesterday at Greek Peak in NY and have the same dilemma. Seems I can get the Kendos online for about $499.99. I would need to wait until next year for the Blizzard Bushwacker.

post #5 of 12

I know its my name sake, but honestly the kendo is a good ski but Blizzard wont be able to make enough bushwacker's. remember retail is only going to be about 650 bucks for the bushwacker.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

I am 5"7" and 160 lbs. I ski everywhere and can handle most terrain, although I am not necessarily "efficient" on the most challenging in bounds terrain. I am an instructor but still improving, so I'd say a level 8-9 on the PSIA scale. That said, price is relative as well. Since I am able to get pro pricing, the difference maybe be minimal. Also, waiting until next season is fine as well.

 

It might also help to clarify that this would be a ski primarily for East Coast "powder" days, not a one ski quiver. I am looking at the Fischer Progressor 10 (or maybe 1000) for my main day in/day out ski. The Kendo or Bushwacker would be for playing in the fresh. That said, maybe the Bushwacker would be a better choice due to its rocker. I am not sure what type of rocker/trad camber the Kendo has.
 

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It'd help if you let us know you height, weight, skill level, etc



 

post #7 of 12

If you are getting a skinner ski to go with it...ie a Progressor 1000 (very nice ski) and this will be your e/c powder ski..just get the Bonafide!

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Originally Posted by Gwalchgwynn View Post

I am 5"7" and 160 lbs. I ski everywhere and can handle most terrain, although I am not necessarily "efficient" on the most challenging in bounds terrain. I am an instructor but still improving, so I'd say a level 8-9 on the PSIA scale. That said, price is relative as well. Since I am able to get pro pricing, the difference maybe be minimal. Also, waiting until next season is fine as well.

 

It might also help to clarify that this would be a ski primarily for East Coast "powder" days, not a one ski quiver. I am looking at the Fischer Progressor 10 (or maybe 1000) for my main day in/day out ski. The Kendo or Bushwacker would be for playing in the fresh. That said, maybe the Bushwacker would be a better choice due to its rocker. I am not sure what type of rocker/trad camber the Kendo has.
 



 



the bushwacker will for sure handle powder better, but most east coast powder is in the trees and the one knock about the bushwacker is lack of twin same with the bonafide. If you dont find this to be a problem you dont ski east coast powder.

 

With that said here is some video of the Bushwacker on the bushwacker and the tips easily was coming up in some funky wind blown powder this day, on the skis that is a size down from the one I would buy.

 

 

post #9 of 12

What do you mean by "lack of twin"?

 

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the bushwacker will for sure handle powder better, but most east coast powder is in the trees and the one knock about the bushwacker is lack of twin same with the bonafide. If you dont find this to be a problem you dont ski east coast powder.

 

With that said here is some video of the Bushwacker on the bushwacker and the tips easily was coming up in some funky wind blown powder this day, on the skis that is a size down from the one I would buy.

 

 



 

post #10 of 12

I skied the 2012/ 2013 skis recently at the SIA Winterpark demo days, I thought the skis were fairly close to each other in performance, the main difference I found was I thought the Bushwacker had noticeably stronger edge hold on the firm snow we had during the test days, not to say the Kendo lacked edge hold at all, if anything some may find the Bushwacker has a little too much if their technique is not good enough, just my thoughts, also note I could only test the 2012-13 models not the 2011-12 as asked.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

If it is coming down to price, buy this years Kendo and be done with it. You won't see a Bushwacker on sale let alone even available until next season. 

Wow, this thread is a year old.  Weird, I just thought this was being posted for the first time. 

post #12 of 12

So, I found a big difference in these skis.  the Kendo is serious business in 177cm.  No speed limit, full on.  Bushwacker is more playful, not as much ski, more forgiving.  There is a big difference: bumps, trees, soft snow, the Bushwacker is much more fun.  Hard snow, groomers at speed, power: get the Kendo. 

 

If you want to split the difference between these 2 (having something with more grip, power, and energy than the BW, but less stout, more damp, more forgiving, and better in variable snow than the Kendo) then the Magnum 8.5ti from Blizzard next year is your ski!

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