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Complimentary ski for my Kendo?

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I posted on the site a while back and was steered to my Kendo, which I love.  I am now looking to expand.     My feeling is if the ski does something really well, I will learn how to do that and love it. Such has been the case with my kendos.  After much research I had decided to get either the Blizzard Cochise or the Volkl Katana based on a combination of wanting a bigger version of what I have, and something more floaty in powder.  I'm cochise leaning right now.  I was feeling solid in my decision.  thought i had it all figured out, and, well, a ski buddy of mine just told me he thinks I'm going in the wrong direction, and that I already have the kendo, which rips well, so I should go for a more all out powder ski, for float,  like the hellbents, bentchetler or rocker 2s.  perhaps the or maybe the shiro, or patrons.  or radict.  Those are the ones I have some knowledge of, but basically he is suggesting i've narrowed to slightly fatter ripping sticks instead of going, where he thinks i should, very powder specific sticks to be able to experience extreme float.  Thoughts?  Opinions?  Its my personal preference I know, and I should demo, and I will grab a few boards in the next couple weeks, but I've gotten such good advice in the past, I thought I'd just throw it out for comments/support/derision etc.  Again, I know what I like to do, but I also think different boards will broaden my interests.

post #2 of 7

You told us what your buddy thinks you want but not what you think you want and you're the one buying 'em. Your first two choices are both better at going fast in open spaces than dicing quick turns in powder filled tree runs. The Patron etc. are better at the latter. So, which is it that you want?

 

SJ

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SJ, yes.  I am when I ski.  And what I am when I ski is partially determined by my boards, and also the conditions, and my growing ever growing aptitude with my boards.  I am who I will be, yet I am that in mode of not being it yet.  I will look back at this decision when I am on my new boards as the memory of an idea.  ;)

 

Both options sound good.  Very good.

 

I've never known what I've grown to have enjoyed on my new boards before I spent time on them.

I prefer now to buy something new for me, and suggested, rather than aim at what I think I'm already interested in.  New boards shift my aptitudes, I've found.

 

I'm looking more closely at the Patrons now, from reading your post.

 

Thanks!

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Well, since I own both the Kendo and the Cochise... I'll chime in.

 

First, the Cochise is way more of a big mountain ripper than the Kendo, which really seems tame in comparison.  While it has a big sweet spot and is very stable, it demands that you push it hard and keep moving down the fall line.  It floats fine in powder but wants to just tear right through it with huge turns instead of hanging around to play and surf.  Both approaches have their place in my book.

 

So like Jim said above, you need to decide what you want your next ski to do.  For what it's worth, I also added a wider (115), slightly softer ski to my quiver this season for deep days so I could be more playful sometimes and make tighter turns in the trees.

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SJ, yes.  I am when I ski.  And what I am when I ski is partially determined by my boards, and also the conditions, and my growing ever growing aptitude with my boards.  I am who I will be, yet I am that in mode of not being it yet.  I will look back at this decision when I am on my new boards as the memory of an idea.  ;)

 

Both options sound good.  Very good.

 

I've never known what I've grown to have enjoyed on my new boards before I spent time on them.

I prefer now to buy something new for me, and suggested, rather than aim at what I think I'm already interested in.  New boards shift my aptitudes, I've found.

 

I'm looking more closely at the Patrons now, from reading your post.

 

Thanks!

 

Uhhhhhh........must be the flu meds I'm takin' cuz I'm having a little trouble dechiphering this ^^^^^^^^^^^^^.

 

IAC, there are lots of skis like the Patron but that's a very good one to be thinking about. Evaluate your region and terrain and your potential access to powder in close quarters (trees) VS powder in wide open bowls maybe near timberline. Also, how good are you in powder? Are you confident skiing fast in tight spots surrounded by stuff that's harder than your head?

 

Two distinct categories......shouldn't be hard to at least get the category picked out.

 

SJ

post #6 of 7
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I'd most likely practice in more open glades before attempting tighter trees. I've always preferred the rhythm of skiing to the adrenalin rush of possible injury
post #7 of 7

^^ Then it sounds like you should go with a softer / more playful ski than the Cochise.  Nordica Patron, Salomon Rocker2 115 (or 108), Line Influence 115, Atomic Automatic, Super/Squad7, etc. etc. etc. - tons of options in that category.  I wouldn't bother with a fully rockered twin-tip like the Bent Chetler unless you actually ski switch a fair amount, but that's just my opinion (some people feel otherwise).

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