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Blizzard Brahma vs. Head Rev 85 Pro vs. Volkl Kendo, looking for versatile ski for Midwest and trips out West

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi:
 

I am thinking about buying some new skis for this season, and I would like some recommendations.  About me: 5' 11", 195 lb, 46 y.o. moderately aggressive level 7-8 (like fast GS-style turns), former high school & college XC ski racer, been downhill skiing about 4 years, second year ski patroller at a small Minnesota ski area.  Current quiver: Elan 666 (176cm), old Rossi 9S SL skis.  Typically use the race skis on firm days at home so I can make more turns in the limited vertical I have available.

 

I want skis that would be good for a trip or two a year out West, and the rare softer days in MN.  I have read good things about each of the skis in the thread title.  I guess the Heads might be better for the short hills at home due to the smaller radius, and the Brahmas might be better for steep stuff out West, and the Kendos be the most hard-snow biased.  It will be hard to demo before I buy.  Looking for overall recommendations, as well as best length for each for me.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by BTMac View Post
 

Hi:
 

I am thinking about buying some new skis for this season, and I would like some recommendations.  About me: 5' 11", 195 lb, 46 y.o. moderately aggressive level 7-8 (like fast GS-style turns), former high school & college XC ski racer, been downhill skiing about 4 years, second year ski patroller at a small Minnesota ski area.  Current quiver: Elan 666 (176cm), old Rossi 9S SL skis.  Typically use the race skis on firm days at home so I can make more turns in the limited vertical I have available.

 

I want skis that would be good for a trip or two a year out West, and the rare softer days in MN.  I have read good things about each of the skis in the thread title.  I guess the Heads might be better for the short hills at home due to the smaller radius, and the Brahmas might be better for steep stuff out West, and the Kendos be the most hard-snow biased.  It will be hard to demo before I buy.  Looking for overall recommendations, as well as best length for each for me.

 

Thanks!

You pretty much summed the three skis up. Now, which one do you do you think will suit YOUR needs best? As far as lengths, the Head and Volkl in the 177 and the Blizzard in the 180.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your post Phil.  I am leaning towards the Brahma, primarily because it may be more fun in the steeper, softer conditions out West, while still being decent on groomers there and in the Midwest.  Would the Brahma feel like more work to ski than the Rev 85, or would it depend on conditions (e.g. less work in crud, more work in bumps?)

 

Are there other skis you think I should consider, like maybe the Experience 88 or one of the 98's like the Bonafide?  I would suspect the E88 would be similar to the Rev 85 (though the E88 was rated higher in some tests), and the 98 crowd would be better still out West but much less fun on teeny Midwest hills.

post #4 of 12

The brahma never really feels like work. on flatter terrain I just go faster with it...

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by BTMac View Post
 

Thanks for your post Phil.  I am leaning towards the Brahma, primarily because it may be more fun in the steeper, softer conditions out West, while still being decent on groomers there and in the Midwest.  Would the Brahma feel like more work to ski than the Rev 85, or would it depend on conditions (e.g. less work in crud, more work in bumps?)

 

Are there other skis you think I should consider, like maybe the Experience 88 or one of the 98's like the Bonafide?  I would suspect the E88 would be similar to the Rev 85 (though the E88 was rated higher in some tests), and the 98 crowd would be better still out West but much less fun on teeny Midwest hills.

 

I think you are best to stay in that upper 80's range than to go to the upper 90's. Adding the E88 to your options just adds another great contender. As you said, the Rev 85 Pro is going to be the best for had snow, the Brahma best versatility, the E88 is a good compromise too. It could be said to get the Rev for your skiing in Minesooooota and take them along for your trips west and get a demo for the days IF you get snow. If you don't want to do that, The Brahma and the E88 could be great if you like a more subdued graphic. Toss a coin? Rock/Paper/Scissors/Lizard/Spock? not a bad one on the group and all will do 8 out of 10 things, just which 8 do you want them to do? 

post #6 of 12

good answers!  I would agree the brahma gets the nod towards softer snow especially given the rocker. Personally, I prefer the 85 on the groomed but that's a preference only. 

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Just a follow-up.  I decided to go with the Head Rev 85 Pro's since I will be using them much more on groomed, hard, ant-hills in MN.  Found a pair of 2013/14 177's slightly used for a good price from a local Bear.  Can't wait to try them out.  They are my first pair of current year skis :-)

 

post #8 of 12

May I ask how these skis (Head Rev Pro 85) turned out for you?  I am actually looking at getting the same pair.  I ski in the midwest and I am deciding between the 80 and 85 Rev Pro.  I would be interested in your impressions of the Rev Pro 85.

 

Thanks!

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi Fisch:

 

I am very happy with the Rev 85 Pro's.  They are fun to ski at my local hills in Minnesota, and worked great on 3 trips to Big Sky & Bridger Bowl (have not been in more than a few inches of fresh snow though).  The skis are quite versatile.  They are capable of varying turn shapes, from short radius with lots of rotation/skid to locked in big GS turns.  I find them easy to turn at low speed, stable at high speeds, and good in the crud.  Edge hold is pretty good, especially if I pay attention to technique-if I get sloppy they slide a bit more.  They have been perfect for me.  I would say I am a pretty aggressive high intermediate level skier, like to go pretty fast but stay more or less in control.

 

Good luck with your decision.  As many have said, if you could demo before you buy that would be best.  I could not, and I am not sorry at all I went with these.

post #10 of 12

Thanks for the quick and helpful reply!

post #11 of 12
I also ski MN hills and was wondering if you ever get a chance to demo brahma and/or E88? Im currently searching and the same three to choose from. I am on a two day E88 trial now and hopefully try the head pro and/or brahma while in summit county whule here the next few days as well.

Brahma are tempting since they are on sale and demo cost can be used toward purchas as well.
post #12 of 12

Take a look on eBay for Brahma's.  Saw some 180/187 for 479+shipping (flat).

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