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Nordica steadfast vs. Blizzard bushwacker vs Volkl kendo

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I am a 47 year old male, 6'-1" and 185 lbs. I consider myself an advanced skier, ski primarily in Vermont, and am currently skiing on Volkl supersport allstar (175cm). The allstars have worked well for gs turns on hard-pack groomers, but are tough for short turns, softer snow and bumps. I am looking to pick up a pair of nordicas, blizzards, or Volkls to address these other facets on the mountain. Any thoughts on these skis or others?

 

Thanks.

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Welcome to EpicSki. Suggestion: search first, then ask specific questions if the basics don't suffice. This question has been treated in some depth already, I believe.

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I am a 47 year old male, 6'-1" and 185 lbs. I consider myself an advanced skier, ski primarily in Vermont, and am currently skiing on Volkl supersport allstar (175cm). The allstars have worked well for gs turns on hard-pack groomers, but are tough for short turns, softer snow and bumps. I am looking to pick up a pair of nordicas, blizzards, or Volkls to address these other facets on the mountain. Any thoughts on these skis or others?

 

Thanks.

 

Not sure what you mean by "short turns," but the bushwacker and kendo have radii of 21 and 22.6 meters, respectively (although there is some uncertainty as to whether or not this year's bushwacker was reduced to a radius of 19).

 

Anyway, steadfast or bushwacker would be preferred for shorter turns.  All three are great skis and have gotten positive feedback here.

 

If ice and groomer performance is paramount, the kendos might be the ski for you.

 

If demoing is an option, it is highly recommended.

 

good luck

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I am also an eastern skier at about your weight.  The Allstar was a great ski and if memory serves is only 70mm underfoot but more importantly is 2 generations behind in current shapes.  With that being said, I think you are on the right track with the 3 skis you mentioned with 88mm underfoot which I believe to be ideal for here in the east.  Of the 3, the Kendo would have the best hard snow performance but it is stiff and prefers mid to long radius turns.  If you almost never ski out west, the Kendo is probably the best choice of the 3.  If you are planning a week or more each season out west and you only want one ski, then the BW's or Steadfast might be a better choice.  I would also check out the Rossi Experience 88.  It has been said that the E88 is the best all mountain ski in their lineup and I own its big brother the E98.

 

But of course, if you can demo, your answer will become more obvious.

 

Good luck,

 

Rick G

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To throw another ski out there: the Elan Amphibio 88Xti. I was skiing this today on rained over concrete, and ripping everything from chattery bumps to junk snow to SL radius arcs on manmade snow.  Dang, this is a really good ski!  It has metal, so tons of grip, but is soft at the tip and tail, so I get a ton of juice out of it.  It reminds me of a 15m carver that really mellows out in off-piste terrain and junk snow.  Kind of a hybrid carver with the off-piste ability of the Kendo, but smoother and easier for a lighter skier.  I know the Kendo and Bushwacker will out-sell this ski 10 to 1, but neither are in the same class for how I ski, in terms of either energy, forgiveness, or grip.  As far as the skis you mentioned: the Kendo and Steadfast are really expert-level skis with plenty of stiffness; Kendo has metal, Steadfast is a carbon layup that skis like it has metal.  The Bushwacker (according to both Blizzard's literature and most reviews, including mine) is a mellower ski for advanced-level skiers.  

 

The Blizzard you would want to compare to the others mentioned is the Magnum 8.5ti.  That is their expert-level all-mountain ski in this range.  2 sheets of metal, bit less rocker, so much better on ice and as a carver. 

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Hi i ama 6'1 245lb male          55 yrs young,    advanced skier.     also a shop owner in R.I.  The bushwacker was a very responcive ski but i felt i was to heavy for it.   I skied the  steadfast all last year and liked it alot.    this year i have decided to ski on the kendo as my ski for the year,   it makes real fast turns,  but very stable at high speeds.   I hope this helps,    any other questions please feel free.   Avie

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Thanks for the info. I will definitely demo before making a decision.

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