post #1 of 3
1/18/13 at 5:08am
Because of what is available, really :> And because I am afraid that Aura will be softer than Mantra and I hope Kenja will be more stable at speed than Kendo :p
To begin with, I was considering 2012 Kenja because of all the good reviews, there is no way I can rent a demo pair. I was between this one and Salomon Rockette 90, somehow I decided Kenja would be more solid :p My concern with it is how it performs in powder with its full camber, and how stable it is when skiing fast.
Then on the ski-test day, I tested Volkl Kendo, Mantra and Elan Amphibio 88, all taller than me (they didn't have any female versions, female skiers have no options when it comes to gear over here..). I expected Kendo to be better on piste than Mantra - to my surprise, I found Mantra to be more stable and it could actually carve - needless to say I quite liked it, hence I haven't just bought the Kenjas already. I did like Amphibio as well, but I only tried it off-piste, in the conditions described above. So, I am concerned regarding its performance in real powder.
Well, this is how I ended up with these 2+1 ;)