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198 Katanas

post #1 of 11
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Hey,

 

Looking for a new ski for off piste in Chile this summer and Europe next season. Seen a good deal on the 198 Katanas, but am a little worried they'll be too big. I currently ski AK JJs in 195 (left them in Japan), but they're heavily rockered and soft, the Katanas aren't. I have the Gotamas in 185 and love them, but want something bigger and stiffer (and the Gotamas are also pretty much destroyed). I'm 187cms and 85kgs, I ski pretty fast and like to jump. I'm a fulltime instructor (200+ days a year) and will probably compete in FWQ events on whatever ski I buy. 

 

I'm relatively sure this is the right ski for me, just not sure about the 198s, anyone got any ideas?

 

edited for more info on my ability


Edited by Jim. - 6/4/13 at 11:11pm
post #2 of 11
Don't know about the terrain in Porttillo, but there's nothing like a big arse go fast board for Niseko. 198 would be long for technical terrain IHMO. 186 Bodacious if you want a charger at your weight maybe?
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I love the 195 AKs in Niseko, but the Katana is a different sort of ski and I don't think I would take it there, maybe use it for some comps in Europe in spring. But yeah, not sure if it'd be too big to pick through rocky sections etc, sure it'd be amazing off of cliffs and in the open areas. The other ski I would probably get instead would be the 193 Cochise, I have a few skis (Gotama and Hell and Back) at 185 and they're a bit small for really sending it. 

post #4 of 11
Have you ever seen a pair of the non-production race room AK's? Totally different beast.smile.gif Did a lot of skiing/touring around your parts on the AK's way back when. If you know Nishida-san, we mounted them together after several beers and Dog Paddle pizza. Niseko is comparably smooth even when skied out so something that soft can still work inbounds.

I'd still try the Bodacious if you're thinking Cochise.
post #5 of 11
190+ can be quite cumbersome in FWT events, especially the low-star qualifiers. Even if I was a bigger guy, I would not want to be on a 198 Katana for any of the events in North America. Way too big of a ski when you need to negotiate a choke, trees or some pepper. It'll hurt your fluidity and technique score for sure. The swing weight will also kill you when adding tricks.
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Have you ever seen a pair of the non-production race room AK's? Totally different beast.smile.gif Did a lot of skiing/touring around your parts on the AK's way back when. If you know Nishida-san, we mounted them together after several beers and Dog Paddle pizza. Niseko is comparably smooth even when skied out so something that soft can still work inbounds.

I'd still try the Bodacious if you're thinking Cochise.

Not seen the non-production AK JJs, are they stiffer? Different shape? Whatever ski I buy now will be for Chile and Europe, I already have 4 pairs of skis in Niseko, not going to lug another pair of pow skis out there!

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Originally Posted by Brian Lindahl View Post

190+ can be quite cumbersome in FWT events, especially the low-star qualifiers. Even if I was a bigger guy, I would not want to be on a 198 Katana for any of the events in North America. Way too big of a ski when you need to negotiate a choke, trees or some pepper. It'll hurt your fluidity and technique score for sure. The swing weight will also kill you when adding tricks.

This is what I was thinking, have you skied them? These won't be skied in Nth America though. 

post #8 of 11
Nope, haven't skied them. I've been on other 190+ comp skis though (El Dictator and Big Dumps).
post #9 of 11
Bodaceous seems to be going in the right direction... If I were in your position I'd also be looking at Atomic Atlas, or even Nordica Helldorado ( although those have decent tail rocker). I liked the Helldorados, definitely a solid ski that prefers faster speeds. But a 193 Cochise could also be a good choice. I've seen a lot if local rippers at squaw excited about that length in a Cochise. I have not been on that lenght myself so take with a grain of salt. 198 Katana sounds tailor-made for straightlining Alaska type terrain.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Just ordered the Cochises, Bodacious looked good as well, but I don't think I need skis that wide in Chile, I only hope that it snows so much I get proved wrong! Cheers for the input, would still like to take the 198s for a spin!

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Jim. View Post

Not seen the non-production AK JJs, are they stiffer? Different shape? Whatever ski I buy now will be for Chile and Europe, I already have 4 pairs of skis in Niseko, not going to lug another pair of pow skis out there!


I was talking about the non-production AK Launchers. And have fun with your new cocheezes.cool.gif
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