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Compliment to Volkl Katana's

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Hi all, I Looking for some advice on pair of skis that would compliment my current 2010 Volkl Katanas 183's,

A little about me,

 

Height: 6'

Weight: 160

Ski type: Agressive, likes big fast gs turns with stability, (hence the katana)

Likes to ski big bowls or glades or bomb groomers, but is starting to branch out and try other things

 

I can handle most terrain but feel weakest in bumps.

 

I will be living in Utah for the next 3 to 4 years and am looking for a ski that will be somewhat different from my katanas. A ski that will allow me to explore other feels of skiing. looking for  a ski that is light, turny,  will help me as learn to ski moguls better, and if possible still be able to keep some speed. I plan on skiing my katanas on dump days and anything greater then 6 inches, as well as crud and  chop. 

 

My katanas are work skis, I am looking for something more fun, so basically a ski that will handle the conditions that my katanas dont handle so well. I demoed the prophet 98's last season and would call them fun skis. But I dont think I need a ski that is as wide as the prophets. maybe 90mm waist? so perhaps the prophet 90's? or even the blizzard bushwackers?

Any recommendations would be great. 

post #2 of 9

Snowbasin isn't known for it's moguls. It doesn't get skied enough to really build up bumps too quickly. 

 

I think the Katana is a great ski for snowbasin. Were I you, shopping for a midfat,  I would be much more interested in a thrilling GS carver (not a playful mogul ski)   for snowbasin. 

 

Had you considered a fun slarvy pow ski? 

post #3 of 9

I think the Bushwackers will be a bit soft for you. Take a look at the Magnum 8.5 if you must have a Blizzard or even the 98mm wide Bonafide. Nordica's Steadfast and Enforcer are two more options as is the Kastle FX94. 

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does the magnum 8.5 ski at  all like the titan cronus?

 

BTW I am not necessarily looking for a ski that is like my katanas, 

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Originally Posted by Vasudeva View Post

does the magnum 8.5 ski at  all like the titan cronus?

 

BTW I am not necessarily looking for a ski that is like my katanas, 

Not at all. IMHO it skis much better, if anything closer to the Titan Nine. While you aren't looking for a ski that skis like your Katana with your aggressiveness you will not be happy with a ski that is too soft either. 

post #6 of 9
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 I would be much more interested in a thrilling GS carver (not a playful mogul ski) for snowbasin.

This is the same advice I would give.  I have been skiing Snowbasin for more than 30 years and I would definitely want a ski like this in planning for your new season pass.  While part of my ski choice is colored by the fact that I ski with kids a lot of the time, I spend a fair amount of time on carvier skis (i.e. Head Monster 78/82s even some Rossi GS race skis).  In newer models, you are probably looking at a mid 80 to mid 90s ski--perhaps with a little tip rocker, perhaps without, and defintelly with some metal in the construction.   I think a ski like a Kastle MX88 would be an ideal compliment.  I don't own a pair but wish I did. 

 

I have been spending the majority of my days on the Blizzard Bonafides since picking them up in the middle of last year.  It's a great ski but I might be tempted to go slightly narrower and more of GS carver feel to compliment your Katanas.  If your a Volkl guy, maybe the Kendo would merit a look?

post #7 of 9
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How do the nordica steadfast's hold up against the blizzard 8.5's?

I have noticed the nordica's are on one sale

post #8 of 9
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or hell and back's

post #9 of 9

Try a Kendo or Mx88 in a shorter than usual length like a 163 kendo .....  loads of fun especially if you used to skiing a 183 Katana as I have a 2007 version and a 184 2007 mantra...

Or....... get your self a used year or two old slalom racing ski in a 155 and rip it up... always a nice change once in a while to ski a traditional cambered racing ski after being on big planks...

Should be plenty to choose from in Utah after you get there in the used market.... or new for that matter..

 

Charles

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