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Wider ski to compliment Volkl Kendos

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

 

I'm looking at getting a 2nd pair of skis this year and something that is wider and would compliment my current Kendos well. A little about me - I'm 5'5" (163cm) tall, 110lbs, so I'm small and light, but I like to ski aggressively for my size. I ski mainly at Fernie, B.C, so I get a lot of snow but for as much powder we get it is still a lot of crud and packed powder skiing. I want a 2nd ski that will work better then my Kendo's in powder but still not have to worry about taking them out any day on the hill. For my skiing style - very fall line orientated, mainly making shorter turns on steeper terrain, ski a lot of trees and bumps, also love skis that have a very solid feel to them, I love my Kendo's for how they can just plow through anything, and I'm looking for that feel for my new pair.

 

I'm open to all suggestions so bring them on!

 

Thanks

post #2 of 17

It's pretty easy to decide the range of widths you'll want to consider-- something like 105 to 115.  The harder thing to figure out is "how much rocker"?

 

I prefer a ski with about 85 or 90% of the length having normal camber, with some some tip rocker and a flat tail.  Yet I've really liked some skis that also have some tail rocker.

 

You must try skis with various amounts of rocker, especially when selecting a ski that is primarily for off-piste.  

 

So don't buy yet.  You really need to demo.  And demo-ing is also fun.

 

Here are some of my notes from demo-ing.  By your description, we may have similar taste in skis.  I'm 155 lbs and 56 years old.  

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/111283/a-wide-ski-for-the-hard-charger-cochise-influence-105-115-sidestash-legend-pro-rider-105-katana-girish-inferno-104-olympus-mons-and-kiss-of-death

 

 

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How well you are able to ski is related to how hard you are willing to fall.

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply Crud, a lot of the skis you demoed are ones I was considering. I'm looking for something, that's 'stiffer' flex, strong tail, and low mellow tip rocker. Just wanted some opinions on where I should start looking but I'll read over your reviews, thanks for that.
 

post #4 of 17

Try a DPS 112RP Pure.

post #5 of 17

At only 110 pounds something around 100mm should be plenty wide.  That's like 120mm+ for someone who weighs 150 - 180 pounds.

 

And there are tons of options in that range.

post #6 of 17

Blizzard the one or Crush in a 170. 

post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by DAdamo View Post

Try a DPS 112RP Pure.

This is not a bad suggestion or......

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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

At only 110 pounds something around 100mm should be plenty wide.  That's like 120mm+ for someone who weighs 150 - 180 pounds.

 

And there are tons of options in that range.

The Wailer 99 considering the size and terrain choice for this ski. 

 

The Wailer 99 is not as good of an all mountain ski as it is a powder ski, but most other things in that size range aren't going to be as good in powder in Fernie as the Wailer is. 

post #8 of 17

Head Rev 105 would be at the top of my try list. 

post #9 of 17

tsk94 you sound just like my wife.

She is 5'5"/105 lbs also skis Fernie (and Castle) and the same type of terrain like under the Boom, Bear Chutes, 123, skiers left off Polar, trees in Cedar Ridge, Anaconda and Bootleg, etc. Her favorite run is Corner Pocket. She likes a big solid ski so last year she got a pair of 177 Cochise and loves them. It's the only ski she used last season. Stiffish flex, moderate rocker front and very moderate rocker back, strong tail. I doubt most women could handle them but she has major skills and you sound the same. 

Blizzard came out with the Dakota this year and that is the women's version of the Cochise. I don't know if that's 'detuned' or just a different top sheet but it might be a little easier. Trekchick knows Blizzard and did a review on the Dakota - check it out and drop her a PM. You should also talk to Donny at Top Shelf in the basement of the Grizz Inn.  He has all the Blizzards plus the new Nordicas especially the Patron and Hellderado. PM if I can help.

post #10 of 17

 Two Blistergear reviews on the Dakota.   http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2012-2013-blizzard-dakota

My wife really likes to rip everywhere hence she's on Cochise 177 but it looks like Dakotas in 170 would be perfect for you in tight trees. How long are your Kendos?

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by tsk94 View Post

Hi guys,

 

I'm looking at getting a 2nd pair of skis this year and something that is wider and would compliment my current Kendos well. A little about me - I'm 5'5" (163cm) tall, 110lbs, so I'm small and light, but I like to ski aggressively for my size. I ski mainly at Fernie, B.C, so I get a lot of snow but for as much powder we get it is still a lot of crud and packed powder skiing. I want a 2nd ski that will work better then my Kendo's in powder but still not have to worry about taking them out any day on the hill. For my skiing style - very fall line orientated, mainly making shorter turns on steeper terrain, ski a lot of trees and bumps, also love skis that have a very solid feel to them, I love my Kendo's for how they can just plow through anything, and I'm looking for that feel for my new pair.

 

I'm open to all suggestions so bring them on!

 

Thanks

For the description that I made bold, the Blizzard Cochise/Dakota would be a great compliment to the Kendo/Kenja. 

Here is the product page and review here on EpicSki for the Dakota

http://www.epicski.com/products/2013-blizzard-dakota#reviews

 

For more of a playful powder feeling then I'd go with something more powder specific like was suggested above. 

post #12 of 17
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Blizzard the one or Crush in a 170. 

Agree but good luck finding one. I like the thrust of this idea, though, which is to pick a powder ski based on its flex and behavior, rather than on its width. 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Head Rev 105 would be at the top of my try list. 

^^^^ Interesting idea. They seem to appeal to technically strong lighter skiers like Holiday, so you might really fit.

 

I'd also vote for 1) the Armada TST, which a JJ front and a traditional rear, has been getting strong reviews, not a ripper but said to combine serious carving ability with soft snow float; light and energetic like the One/Crush. Sounds like a finesse ski, so not a clear fit with your "solid" modifier, but should excel in trees and tight spaces, whether soft or settled.

 

2) The 112RP, although again the "solid" may be an issue, but great for trees, very light and quick, will handle chop and crud well. OK but not great as a carver on harder surfaces. 

post #13 of 17

If you like your Kendos then the Mantra would be a good compliment and it skis well in non-powder conditions.

post #14 of 17
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If you like your Kendos then the Mantra would be a good compliment and it skis well in non-powder conditions.

That seems like a bit of overlap to me...I think of the Kendo and Mantra as an Either/Or, not as a compliment to each other.   If you're staying in the Volkl line up, I'd say the Gotama is a better compliment to the Kendo.

post #15 of 17
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That seems like a bit of overlap to me...I think of the Kendo and Mantra as an Either/Or, not as a compliment to each other.   If you're staying in the Volkl line up, I'd say the Gotama is a better compliment to the Kendo.

+1
post #16 of 17
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Agree but good luck finding one. I like the thrust of this idea, though, which is to pick a powder ski based on its flex and behavior, rather than on its width. 

 

 

http://www.skis.com/Blizzard-The-Crush-IQ-Max-Womens-Skis-with-IQ-Max-14-Bindings-2012/275644P,default,pd.html

 

177cmius cheaper.

http://www.skis.com/Blizzard-The-Crush-IQ-Womens-Skis-with-IQ-Max-14-Bindings-2011/275534P,default,pd.html

 

I like your other ideas. IMO, what I consider a solid ski and what a person 110lbs is looking for is probably pretty different. 

 

Also the S3 and Watea 98.

post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

That seems like a bit of overlap to me...I think of the Kendo and Mantra as an Either/Or, not as a compliment to each other.   If you're staying in the Volkl line up, I'd say the Gotama is a better compliment to the Kendo.

^^^^^ This. 

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