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ex female racer looking for new skis

post #1 of 14
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Hey I need some advice on a new pair of skis. I currently I am using my old rossignol slalom ski (145cm) and head GS (165cm). I am looking for a great all mountain ski, I like to hit the bumps and trees more. I am thinking about the volkl kenja or K2 missdemeanor. 

post #2 of 14
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I should also mention I am more of an aggressive skier but I'm only 5'6 and 115lbs. 

post #3 of 14
A lot of female racers like the Aura. But it depends on where you ski and the terrain.
post #4 of 14

Paging @Trekchick to the white courtesy phone.

 

But I think you will like to lean towards a Blizzard Black Pearl than the Kenja (very stiff for bumps & trees) or the K2 (too soft & off piste bias) mentioned. Also consider that the 145 and 165 that you are skiing are junior skis and once you get onto a big girl ski, you will get more control.

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The Kenja is a stiff ski - especially in the tail.  As an ex-racer you'll be able to make it work, and it may suit you down to the ground on piste, in  a few inches of new snow and in light crud, but it's not the best choice as a bump / tree ski if that's where your priorities lie.

 

My GF owned a 163cm Kenja briefly, but it was too much ski and was quickly sold on that basis.  Once she demoed the Bushwacker (same ski as the Black Pearl, but with the men's topsheet design) she wouldn't ski her own skis any more.  She now has a set of 166 Bushwackers leaning against the wall ready to be mounted with some new Griffons.

 

There are other, similar options in that same space, but I'll leave you in the hands of Trekchick ... once she comes to the phone.

post #6 of 14
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I did look into the Black Pearl only there isn't any more in my area with my size. I know the kenja seems out of the question but would the K2 MissDemeanor 159 be an ok alternative? 

post #7 of 14

Nordica Hell's Belles, 162cm, 132-90-118, early rise tip.  Sort of a women's version of the Steadfast.

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by nata View Post

I did look into the Black Pearl only there isn't any more in my area with my size. I know the kenja seems out of the question but would the K2 MissDemeanor 159 be an ok alternative? 
Do you need to buy local? There are deals to be had online; my check shows the 2013 model going for around $450-$550 on places like evo, powder7, and dawgcatching. OTOH, I maximize my ski dollars by buying most of my gear online so I can pay full retail on really important stuff like boots and classy tunes. wink.gif I'm not sure whether the 2014 version is different, so if that's what you're lusting after you can ignore this post.

As an aggressive skier you might want to demo the Kenja at some point. It's a hoot of a ski. I more or less suck as a skier; I'm just strong and assertive enough to make my Kenjas do what I want. They're fun on hard snow and ice and crud and float well for an 87mm waist. I've read so many posts about them, but I can't remember whether skiers who actually know how to ski bumps and trees (as opposed to me, who doesn't) are happy with their performance there. Someone else will know.

If these are going to be your first shaped skis you will need to adjust your ideas about length. I'm 5'3" and I ski in the mid-160s, so with your strength and aggressiveness I'd think a 159 would be a tad short. I don't know about the Hell and Back, but I've heard the Black Pearl skis quite short.
post #9 of 14

Nata, I might have missed this, but where do you do most of your skiing….what state, part of the country {presuming it's USA}? That might help with suggestions. I'm thinking hard snow bias, versus softer snow, etc. 

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Originally Posted by nata View Post
 

Hey I need some advice on a new pair of skis. I currently I am using my old rossignol slalom ski (145cm) and head GS (165cm). I am looking for a great all mountain ski, I like to hit the bumps and trees more. I am thinking about the volkl kenja or K2 missdemeanor. 

As others have said, for bumps and trees the Kenja is a bit stiff and the Missdemeanor leans more toward a tween ski and may not be strong enough for you coming off race skis. 

 

As said above Skis like the Black Pearl are a good choice but if you're an exracer, you may like the Samba as a possible choice.  Its a little wide but its a ski that I find well suited for covering the while mountain. 

 

Other skis that are also great in that category are Salomon Lumen (94mm W), and if you want to stay in the 80's, see if you can find a Kastle FX84.  

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Muleski View Post
 

Nata, I might have missed this, but where do you do most of your skiing….what state, part of the country {presuming it's USA}? That might help with suggestions. I'm thinking hard snow bias, versus softer snow, etc. 

I ski mainly at Cypress or Whistler and when I do get the chance I go to the Rockies so I am looking to find a ski that is good with harder type snow.  

 

 

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions :)  I am going to check out to see if there are any demo days happening soon. I think I will just have to try the black pearl and go from there I guess. 

post #12 of 14

Sorry TC but you're maybe about half outta whack here.

 

I think it's important to remember that this 115# skier is coming off of junior race skis. That's a whole different kettle of kippers than adult race stuff and does not automatically suggest stiff skis like the Blizzi Samba which BTW is stiffer than the Volkl Kenja.

 

OTH, the Blizzi Pearl is a very good choice in the 88mm range as is the Atomic Elysian @ 95mm. If there needs to be an alternative to the BP then the Sollie Lumen or Lux would be good.

 

So........I mispsoke TC is actually closer to in whack than out.............:D

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
 

Sorry TC but you're maybe about half outta whack here.

 

I think it's important to remember that this 115# skier is coming off of junior race skis. That's a whole different kettle of kippers than adult race stuff and does not automatically suggest stiff skis like the Blizzi Samba which BTW is stiffer than the Volkl Kenja.

 

OTH, the Blizzi Pearl is a very good choice in the 88mm range as is the Atomic Elysian @ 95mm. If there needs to be an alternative to the BP then the Sollie Lumen or Lux would be good.

 

So........I mispsoke TC is actually closer to in whack than out.............:D

Coming home late and answering a gazillion PM's and emails, I missed some of the details you point out.  :o

And you're sooooo right......I'm a little out of whack, but the Salomon's (lumen or Lux and Elysian, along with the Black Pearl are skis I'll stand by in this line of wackiness :duck:

post #14 of 14

Welllll..........................the good thing about being only half outta whack is that yer half in whack all at the same time. How kool izzat?

 

 

 

SJ

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