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Icelantic "The Keeper" vs Volkl Katana

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Hey folks,

So a year ago I picked up a new pair of Volkl 183 Katanas with Jesters after polling the bears and loved them.I have to chuckle as I plunk this out because at that time i made some comment in a post looking for advice. something like"If I buy them the POW will come"well we all know what kind of a La Nina season we had and I'm still grinning. skied 20 days, 18 of them were bona fide powder days at Big Red cats, Whitewater, Kicking Horse, Revy, Whistler, and Castle mountain. (live 5-10 hours from all my favorite mountains) I'm just pumped for the 11-12 season and returned yesterday from a weeks vacation just hanging around Rossland with my wife biking and getting stoked for skiing. It's a sleepy place in summer and very cool. Long story short found a pair of Icelantic Keeper's at a great clear out price($499 cdn) write ups and promos talk them up  but i'm wondering if anyone has any expierience with them particularily how the might compare with my Katanas. They are a bigger ski and it appears people compare them with skiis like rossi S-7. My volkls ended up being slightly damaged  returning from Whistler ,the only trip that I flew and the tip of one ski got ground down like a belt sander might do. long story not so short. anyway still completely skiable but possibly a good opportunity to justify a new bigger ski to my wife. If I will enjoy them as much or more than my Katanas then I Think I may pull the trigger. Sorry for the length of the post but thought I'd  throw in some kindling for the possible 2nd La Nina season in a row. Any insight to how these Keepers will ski would be much appreciated. Thanks, Gary    

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Although the waists are similar, the Keepers have a much different feel than the Katanas, with lack of metal, the early rise in the tip and tail along with the shape, will allow them to be much more playful and nimble than the Katanas. I would choose a ski shaped like the Keepers 11 out of 10 times on a deep powder day. 

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^ icon14.gif icon14.gif.  Very personal call, but agree with Phil. 

 

How far did you drag your Katanas behind the vehicle Gary?

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^ icon14.gif icon14.gif.  Very personal call, but agree with Phil. 

 

How far did you drag your Katanas behind the vehicle Gary?


Thanks very much for the responses. well Last year, in hindsight I got quite accurate, helpful advise on the Katana purchase. and really enjoyed my first ever early rise fat ski . If the Keepers are even more playful and manueverable then I'm in. Realistically I'm too far from the goods to get many more days in than last year and as I'm in my last few months of my Forties they sound like just what the doctor ordered, much more appealing than the MRI I'm waiting for that  the other doctor ordered..So this season I'm going with the get new skiis as part of positive outlook plan as in the "Secret"( book).Thanks again.

HeyStanger, Honest , the Katanas came off the baggage carosel and I grumbled that they had ripped my ski bag but didn't check the skiis until I was home looks like they got caught in the conveyor somehow or like you say maybe dragged behind the baggage buggy. The airline has a policy that damage claims have to be made before you leave the airport. so not checking the bag was a mistake. Normally I'd still raise a ruckus but the freind I was flying with is a pilot with the airline and I was flying for free on his comp. so I just chalked it up to a learning as I did'nt want to look a gift horse in the mouth so to speak or appear ungreatful. After all we ended up there during one of Whistlers biggest 4 day dumps in thier history so overall I was still very pumped with the trip as the damage doesn't seem to be much more than cosmetic. I realize I'm long winded and appreciate your patience re: one last question The keepers come in 167, 178 and 189 cm my Katanas are 183 I'm 5'-7" ,175 lbs skiing for 38 years I'm leaning towards the 178 over the 189 as it's overall surface area is fair bit bigger than the Volkls What are the bears thoughts.

Again any guidance very much appreciated!. Thanks, Gary  
 

 

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