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Kenja or Affinity Storm or ?? so many choices and so confused...

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I'm looking for a new pair of skis, been doing lots of research and talking to people in the stores but I'm at the point where I am overwhelmed with information! I'm trying to decide between the Volkl Kenja (2012 or 2013, thats another story lol...) and Atomic Affinity Storm, or something else if there are any suggestions.

 

About me, im 25 (5'6 145lbs) have been skiing for about 12+ years. I've always been at an advanced-intermediate level, last year I spent 3 months skiing in the swiss alps and as a result I've progressed significantly. I was using a borrowed pair of Fischer Race SC 160cm last season, great for speed but I would like something more versatile for off piste. I am a pretty aggressive skiier but also like to have some leisurely runs once in a while. I want an all-mountain ski to keep working my on-piste skills but also to improve on off-piste and also moguls. I will be skiing mainly west coast mountains this year but want to use them in europe next year. 

 

My concern with the Kenja's is just because I've read that the stiffness may not be too forgiving, I think that maybe with my weight it may be less of an issue than for lighter skiers but I'm not sure. The Atomic's were also recommended to me as comparable to Kenja's, if I remember correctly both these skis are wood construction except the kenja's have titatinum. 

 

Any help with this decision would be greatly appreciated! Can't wait to start using my whistler pass :)

post #2 of 8

Welcome to EpicSki!  Isn't it nice to have lots of choices . . . well, maybe once you can narrow things down a bit.  I trust you have good boots of your own.  What length are you thinking about for an all mountain ski?

 

Here are a couple threads that may be useful.  Includes input from women who are in Europe.

 

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/demo-day-tierra-eden-kenja-attraxion-8-viva-8-1-phew.14579/

 

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/rossignol-temptation-82s-v-volkl-kenjas.13824/

 

Check out the Tags (on the right side of Post #1) for links to the EpicSki info on the ones you mentioned.  Scroll down and you may have useful relevant threads.

 

Have fun shopping!

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

thanks! any thoughts on the Fischer KOA 84? 

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Originally Posted by whistlergrl View Post

I'm looking for a new pair of skis, been doing lots of research and talking to people in the stores but I'm at the point where I am overwhelmed with information! I'm trying to decide between the Volkl Kenja (2012 or 2013, thats another story lol...) and Atomic Affinity Storm, or something else if there are any suggestions.

 

About me, im 25 (5'6 145lbs) have been skiing for about 12+ years. I've always been at an advanced-intermediate level, last year I spent 3 months skiing in the swiss alps and as a result I've progressed significantly. I was using a borrowed pair of Fischer Race SC 160cm last season, great for speed but I would like something more versatile for off piste. I am a pretty aggressive skiier but also like to have some leisurely runs once in a while. I want an all-mountain ski to keep working my on-piste skills but also to improve on off-piste and also moguls. I will be skiing mainly west coast mountains this year but want to use them in europe next year. 

 

My concern with the Kenja's is just because I've read that the stiffness may not be too forgiving, I think that maybe with my weight it may be less of an issue than for lighter skiers but I'm not sure. The Atomic's were also recommended to me as comparable to Kenja's, if I remember correctly both these skis are wood construction except the kenja's have titatinum. 

 

Any help with this decision would be greatly appreciated! Can't wait to start using my whistler pass :)

You're right that the stiffness of the Kenja is not as much of a concern at your size, but if you want something that is super versatile, you may consider some other skis like the Atomic Elysian, Blizzard Black Pearl, go for the Blizzard Samba or Salomon Geisha if you're thinking more aggressively.......

The Koa you mentioned is a fine ski as well, but it may be a little too easy for you considering your exceleration in ski ability. 

 

 

As for your original question, The Affinity storm and Volkl Kenja are like comparing apples and oranges.  

 

 

All in all, if you're set up with good boots, I'd suggest you go demo skis if there is any chance you can. 

post #5 of 8
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Hey thanks for all the great advice! Here is an update on my ski search :) 

 

I went up to the mountain for two days and tried a few skis, first the rossignol temptation 88 @154 which I really did not like. Even though by the end of the day I felt that I had gotten into them, my instinct was to switch. So I tried out the mens Solomon rocker2 90 @161, now that is a fun ski!!! I kinda felt like a rockstar with these, I could get some speed and I felt solid, the edges held up well but they also felt great off piste.

 

We'll see what happens next time but for now I'm in love with that rocker2.... where to from here??

post #6 of 8

If you can, try the Nordica Hell's Belles.  90mm underfoot, camber, early rise tip, lightweight, great edge grip, slightly upturned tail.  The men's equivalent, Steadfast, is my daily driver.  I ski mostly off-piste(trees, bumps, powder, chutes) but it handles groomers just fine.  It is a fun ski.  I'd recommend you try the 162cm length since you liked the Salomons at 161.

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^^^ That's a nice call, given your experience with the Sollies. But I'd also encourage you to try the Black Pearl if you haven't. Like the Hell's Belles, will have some rocker in front, be quick and easy - which you value in the Sollies - but will hold up at speed and on ice better. Not arguing you off the Sollies, apparently fine skis, just suggesting that if you want to improve on-piste carving skills, may be better choices. I'd PM Trekchick on this one for more detailed advice; she's skied almost everything you're mentioning, I'd bet. Plus she and her no-account acquaintance Philpug are good judges of what will help you get better as a skier. 

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Hey thanks for all the great advice! Here is an update on my ski search :) 

 

I went up to the mountain for two days and tried a few skis, first the rossignol temptation 88 @154 which I really did not like. Even though by the end of the day I felt that I had gotten into them, my instinct was to switch. So I tried out the mens Solomon rocker2 90 @161, now that is a fun ski!!! I kinda felt like a rockstar with these, I could get some speed and I felt solid, the edges held up well but they also felt great off piste.

 

We'll see what happens next time but for now I'm in love with that rocker2.... where to from here??

 

 

 

 

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If you can, try the Nordica Hell's Belles.  90mm underfoot, camber, early rise tip, lightweight, great edge grip, slightly upturned tail.  The men's equivalent, Steadfast, is my daily driver.  I ski mostly off-piste(trees, bumps, powder, chutes) but it handles groomers just fine.  It is a fun ski.  I'd recommend you try the 162cm length since you liked the Salomons at 161.

 

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^^^ That's a nice call, given your experience with the Sollies. But I'd also encourage you to try the Black Pearl if you haven't. Like the Hell's Belles, will have some rocker in front, be quick and easy - which you value in the Sollies - but will hold up at speed and on ice better. Not arguing you off the Sollies, apparently fine skis, just suggesting that if you want to improve on-piste carving skills, may be better choices. I'd PM Trekchick on this one for more detailed advice; she's skied almost everything you're mentioning, I'd bet. Plus she and her no-account acquaintance Philpug are good judges of what will help you get better as a skier. 

 

 

 

Where to from here?  

These guys have some really nice suggestions.

Hells Belles

Black Pearl

Salomon Rockette 90 (little sister to the Rocker 2 90)

Atomic Elysian

 

Knowing now that you really aren't looking for something with a sweet front side bias like the Temptation 88, lets keep going in the direction that we're going and stay away from the FS Bias line up.  

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