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K2 Kung Fujas v. Scott Dozer v. Blizzard The ONE

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

New to the forum.

 

About me.

 

5'6", 150 lbs, 45 yrs, good shape.  Ski mostly East Coast trees/bumps.  Go out West for a week every other year. 

 

Advanced/expert ability level. Prefer quick, snappy turns and tend to ski that way.

 

Currently ski 2005/6 Public Enemy 164 cm and have enjoyed every run w/them, particularly in the trees.

 

Looking for  a wider ski for the EC trees/bumps w/some rocker.

 

Been reviewing forum past couple of years and found gear discussions to be more on point than magazine ski reviews.

 

I've narrowed down my search (w/out demo) to the following (with open mind to suggestions):
 

2010/2011 K2 Kung Fujas

2010/2011 Scott Dozer

2010/2011 Blizzard The One

2010/2011 Volkl Bridge

 

What ski (and size) would you recommend?  Thanks in advance.

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 13

welcome!

 

I think you need to demo if possible.  I would add  Blizz' Bonafide to that list depending on personal preferences. you have a bit of a range i flex there from the soft Fujas to the bridge/dozer. do you ilke soft or stiff boards?

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Finndog,

 

Thanks for the welcome and the feedback.

 

I tend to lean towards soft (my PE purchase a few years back had been after demoing the Volkl Karma which were firmer/less damp, granted I loved skiing those as well),  My biggest concern is ability to get from edge to edge as I've progressively spent more time in the trees/bumps since my purchase of the PE. 

 

My indecisiveness is due to consideration of going from a mid-80's underfoot to something approaching 100mm, although I've read that the Fujas are quick edge-to-edge @ 102 under foot. 

 

 

post #4 of 13

I am sure others will post but quickness edge to edge is relative and depends on conditions, carve vs. slarve tracked out vs fresh.  not to belabor the point but I think you really should demo and decide what you want the ski for: all purpose, pow/soft/ tracked hard packed.  

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Good advice. Cant go wrong w/demo(ing).

 

Thanks.

post #6 of 13

Welcome ... a few thoughts to add that may or may not be helpful!
 

Quote:

I think you need to demo if possible.  I would add  Blizz' Bonafide to that list depending on personal preferences. you have a bit of a range i flex there from the soft Fujas to the bridge/dozer. do you ilke soft or stiff boards?

 

Quote:
I tend to lean towards soft (my PE purchase a few years back had been after demoing the Volkl Karma which were firmer/less damp, granted I loved skiing those as well),  My biggest concern is ability to get from edge to edge as I've progressively spent more time in the trees/bumps since my purchase of the PE.


Once someone has whittled a list down to a few potential skis, I hate to complicate the matter with other choices ... but one thought I know Finn can chime in on.  Since the OP likes a bit softer feel, is it worth adding something like the Icelantic Pilgrim to the list?  I loved that ski for the terrain he is talking about.  When I sold that one to move up a bit in width, I narrowed it down to the Nomad SFT and The One ... Nomad SFT may be wider than he wants to go. 

 

Finn - Since you have experience with many of the Icelantic skis as well as the Blizzard skis, what are your thoughts?

 

post #7 of 13



regarding Blizz'- yes the Bushwacker or the Bonafide are both excellent ski's. The Bonafide is my everydayer this season.  It would be on my list but again, I dont' ski EC so I don't want to say anything that's not going to help... wink.gif

 

regarding Icelantic- great skis, I think the Nomad sft is a blast but it's 110 underfoot, again, I am not sure he's looking for this kind of ski. I don't see if he wants a pow/soft snow oriented ski or a more all around ski. The pilgrim is 90, but I think there are many new models out there at that width like the prophet 90, experience 88, Kastle MX88, Bushwacker and some others too.

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Originally Posted by hobbes429 View Post

Welcome ... a few thoughts to add that may or may not be helpful!
 

 


Once someone has whittled a list down to a few potential skis, I hate to complicate the matter with other choices ... but one thought I know Finn can chime in on.  Since the OP likes a bit softer feel, is it worth adding something like the Icelantic Pilgrim to the list?  I loved that ski for the terrain he is talking about.  When I sold that one to move up a bit in width, I narrowed it down to the Nomad SFT and The One ... Nomad SFT may be wider than he wants to go. 

 

Finn - Since you have experience with many of the Icelantic skis as well as the Blizzard skis, what are your thoughts?

 



 

post #8 of 13

Blizzard The One is a better choice than others mentioned IMO for what you specify (trees/bumps on EC). Not as good on sheet ice or in heavy crud, but just going by your criteria...

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

I think you're right.  I'll demo The One up in VT as soon as I can.  Thanks.

post #10 of 13

I really liked the Kung fujas, which I skied last year. At first they were just another ski, but after about 5 days straight they became magical. I skied the 189, which are like other 192's but I live out west so size accordingly. I put probably 60ish days on them and cannot complain. I skied the first  month or so on a set of Atomic Access 191 and they are great too. Not burly like the Fujas but smooth. No speed limit on Fujas where the access washed at certain speeds. Rossi S3 is another good fun ski that lands in the middle of the above mentioned. Good luck and post up when you decide.

post #11 of 13

The One

The Rossi Schmitar

 

the other skis I really do not know or just do not like.

 

Bushwacker is a great skis but its not as fun on the trees as "the one" but has much better manners on hardpack, and hardpack bumps

Bonafide it too stiff and the flat tail both hold it back for what you want.

 

This springs Blizzard flipcore twin tip line up will be the cat's meow for EC tree skiing but its not out yet.

 

post #12 of 13

I'm a bit late to the party, but I'd demo the Bridge also.  I skied it for four days in Utah last spring: fresh, crud, tracked-out, hard-pack/icy used trails.  I liked it a lot -- especially in the off-piste.  It's light, turny w/o being nervous, and broadly useable.  My only caveat is that it feels light.  It did bite in hardpack and carve, but it doesn't have that damp, strong feeling I have in my Dynastars.  But, if you like light along with the other attributes, it's definitely worth a look.

BTW, except for being an inch taller and 20 pounds heavier, I'm about your profile.

post #13 of 13

Funny Coincidence,

 

I too "Currently ski 2005/6 Public Enemy 164 cm and have enjoyed every run w/them, particularly in the trees."  I would add "and bumps." 

 

I already purchased the 2010 (green) version of the K2 Extreme to replace my almost dead PEs. I'm an inch or two taller, 5-10 lbs heavier, and a few years younger than you.

 

I was at Steiner's Ski and Bike (Valatie, NY) getting fitted for my new ski boots last week (I ended up switching from Solly Falcons to Technica Infernos, also tried on Fischers and Langes).  While Garrick was working on the boots, I was perusing the new skis.  They had both the Kendo and the Bushwacker (I didn't see anything wider from the Volkl or Blizzard line-ups, they had some wider Line skis).  I asked about the Bushwackers.  It turned out that Garrick had demoed them extensively last year and really liked them.  His comment was along the lines of "they're not dead-feeling like some rockered skis, they're very lively and have good energy return."  I asked him if there were any other skis that were wide(r) that he had demoed and liked.  Garrick said that he thought last year's Kung Fujas were "magical" (same description as butryon, above).  I did not see the Kung Fujas in the store, so there was no reason for him to try to sell me on them. 

 

The 'wackers and Fujas are both probably worth a demo if you get the opportunity.

 

STE

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