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Help - Volkl Kenja vs Blizzard Black Pearl for wife

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Background:
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 130
Days on snow: 20-30
Where we ski: Stowe (we have a free place to stay, so at the moment ski almost exclusively at Stowe)
Likes to ski: bumps, trees (still learning the woods here), will bomb groomers from time to time, and this being the east there are plenty of firm days to deal with.

Have an opportunity to pick up a pair of last year's Kenjas at a reasonable price. Had been pretty certain the Black Pearl was the ski, but the Kenja looks like a pretty close contender, probably a little better on the groomers and gripping on ice, and not quite as good in the bumps and trees is my guess. Thoughts?

Basically, my wife saw the Ski magazine review and brought it into the mix for consideration...looks like no changes from last year to this year besides top sheet for either ski, and no BPs are leftover from last year in her size, so it's either pick up the Kenjas, which it sounds like she would would enjoy, but maybe not quite as much as the BPs, or wait (she won't pay full price) until we can get a discount...probably after MLK day, or at least after Christmas, so a ways into the season.

Finally, what bindings to get? We strictly ski lift-served, so no need for an AT setup.
post #2 of 9
what size were you thinking? you can find bp 166 and 173 on stp, 159 if you like bushwacker top sheet.
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Thread Starter 
159
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Is bushwacker same construction as the BP? I have seen mixed info on that.
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AFAIK it is, I've seen many saying this here and other places. you can also email blizzard to confirm I got a response from Jed Duke in less than 24hrs when I had a question.
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Originally Posted by hrspear View Post

159

 

 

If she is a strong skier, at 130lbs has she considered the 166? My understanding is it's a pretty easy ski, and it does have some tip rise. Just a thought. (Thought behind the thought: A lightweight easygoing build @159cm with noticeable tip rise on firm groomers at Stowe might feel a tad squirrelly at times. I know it would for me @135lbs, 5' 7". But I am me, not her.) No doubt some of the many women here who are on that ski can chime in. 

 

Meanwhile, no one I know who is not on the heavier side likes the Kendo in bumps and trees (your preferred terrain). To the extent that the sister Kenja is similar, that might be something to chew on.

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Originally Posted by hrspear View Post

Is bushwacker same construction as the BP? I have seen mixed info on that.

They are the same. 

 

Between the two skis you mentioned, I like the Black Pearl a bit better for a versatile ski. Its ideal for someone who wants to explore more of the mountain. 

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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

 

 

If she is a strong skier, at 130lbs has she considered the 166? My understanding is it's a pretty easy ski, and it does have some tip rise. Just a thought. (Thought behind the thought: A lightweight easygoing build @159cm with noticeable tip rise on firm groomers at Stowe might feel a tad squirrelly at times. I know it would for me @135lbs, 5' 7". But I am me, not her.) No doubt some of the many women here who are on that ski can chime in. 

 

Meanwhile, no one I know who is not on the heavier side likes the Kendo in bumps and trees (your preferred terrain). To the extent that the sister Kenja is similar, that might be something to chew on.


As someone who is 5'5" and about the same weight, I concur. I have the Pearls in a 159 and have outgrown them in two seasons. Now that I am going a lot faster in crud and chop, well, they are too short in those conditions for me. They ARE an easy ski. That deal on STP with a coupon gets those 166's in the $250 range, for the ones with the bulls, no less! Such a deal!

post #9 of 9
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Pulled the trigger. She got a pair of last years Bushwackers in 159, last years BPs were not around in that size. Went with Griffons for bindings. Now we just need some snow.

Thanks for all the help, I'm sure she is going to really enjoy these skis.
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