I'm skiing the Fischer Koa 98 this year in
Originally Posted by ggal24
Hi Phlox, thanks for the detailed response. I notice that you favor skis that are slightly longer than your own height. This makes sense from a stability and crud-cutting standpoint. Are they more difficult in quick turns, maneuverability, etc? (The last long skis that I owned were my narrow and straight-as-an-arrow Rossi Roc 550's, which I loved at the time, lol.)
The Fischer Koa is lighter and more maneuverable, the Bonafide less so. In terms of ski length vs. my own height, I haven't and/or don't take that into consideration. This is a very different game than when I was in high school, bombing down the hill on 210 cm planks because they were "stable".
The Koas are light and certainly bother my knees (four surgeries, one ACL reconstruction, most meniscii gone) less than the Bonafides - if I'm skiing Baker, I tend to favor the Koas because there are no foot rests on the lifts and they are light enough that I really notice. I found the Samba, the Aura and the Kenja way too soft to hold any speed. It could be that the few extra cm is what helps the Koa.
Edited by Phlox - 3/26/14 at 10:37am