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I have tried a number of demo skis and am having a tough time choosing ONE to be by new daily ski. 

Top picks: Blizzard Black Pearls, Volkl Kenjas, Volkl Auras. Want to try Sambas and can't find them.

 

Me: been skiing 45 years, 5'8, 160 lbs. Fairly aggressive, very fast. Have taken more than a decade off moguls and backside skiing due to knee injury and raising kid-skiers. Now it's time to get back to the super fun.  I love a good GS carving session on the groomers and prefer the steepest groomers but still do very fast blues with my very fast daughter.  BUT I favor SHORT SLALOM turns. Looking for a 60 front side/40 back side or so ski that doesn't mind shorter turns and can handle the powder and steep back side glades so I can ski with my amazing 10 year old who skis everything and anything. Would love something that will give me long lost confidence again in the moguls. I grew up skiing Squaw and spend years skiing in Europe. Now it's all Colorado -- 20-30 days a year. My current skis are HEAVY (tornados) and I want something light and snappy to keep my knees happy. Was told never to ski again in the 90s. Yeah, right...

 

BPs: Easy Skeeezy. Fun, light, felt great on them. Didn't get them in the powder. Will they be decent back there?

Auras: Awesome on the front side. Fastest ski I've skied. They don't love short turns but maybe I should just give those up because this is a fun ski.  But can they handle the moguls? No doubt they'll be great in the powder.

Kenjas: Super on the back side; a little slower than the Auras on the front side. Need to try them again...

Sambas?????

 

Anyone out there like me who has any advice?

Much appreciated.

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I have tried a number of demo skis and am having a tough time choosing ONE to be by new daily ski. 

Top picks: Blizzard Black Pearls, Volkl Kenjas, Volkl Auras. Want to try Sambas and can't find them.

 

Me: been skiing 45 years, 5'8, 160 lbs. Fairly aggressive, very fast. Have taken more than a decade off moguls and backside skiing due to knee injury and raising kid-skiers. Now it's time to get back to the super fun.  I love a good GS carving session on the groomers and prefer the steepest groomers but still do very fast blues with my very fast daughter.  BUT I favor SHORT SLALOM turns. Looking for a 60 front side/40 back side or so ski that doesn't mind shorter turns and can handle the powder and steep back side glades so I can ski with my amazing 10 year old who skis everything and anything. Would love something that will give me long lost confidence again in the moguls. I grew up skiing Squaw and spend years skiing in Europe. Now it's all Colorado -- 20-30 days a year. My current skis are HEAVY (tornados) and I want something light and snappy to keep my knees happy. Was told never to ski again in the 90s. Yeah, right...

 

BPs: Easy Skeeezy. Fun, light, felt great on them. Didn't get them in the powder. Will they be decent back there?

Auras: Awesome on the front side. Fastest ski I've skied. They don't love short turns but maybe I should just give those up because this is a fun ski.  But can they handle the moguls? No doubt they'll be great in the powder.

Kenjas: Super on the back side; a little slower than the Auras on the front side. Need to try them again...

Sambas?????

 

Anyone out there like me who has any advice?

Much appreciated.

I think you might really like the Samba, to tell the truth. It is quicker than the Aura, imo. Try to find a Bonafide to demo and imagine it a little bit  softer. 

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Sambas will be more compliant on short turns and they LOVE speed. I own both the Sambas and the Black Pearls. The Pearls are exactly as you describe; the Sambas kick that performance up about 3 notches and will do better in powder since they are wider. Same light, fun feel but they dampen out chop and crud a lot better. Get on some if you can!

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You are looking at four skis in two different categories. Don't know how practical it is to continue pursuing the Demo process as we are almost into April, but you may still find some. As an aside, I'm unsure what you mean by "fast".

 

IAC..............First thing I'd suggest is to try and focus on one category instead of two. Here's what you have on your plate.

 

98mm = Aura, Samba. These are approximately 50/50 on trail vs off trail. Not as good in moguls or on groomers as the narrower skis but better in snow with depth. The Aura is quite a bit stiffer than the Samba.

 

88mm = Kenja, Black Pearl. More biased toward packed conditions, maybe 75/25 on trail vs off. These more nimble in bumps, and good for boot top powder. The BP is more playful than the Kenja.

 

SJ

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You are looking at four skis in two different categories. Don't know how practical it is to continue pursuing the Demo process as we are almost into April, but you may still find some. As an aside, I'm unsure what you mean by "fast".

 

IAC..............First thing I'd suggest is to try and focus on one category instead of two. Here's what you have on your plate.

 

98mm = Aura, Samba. These are approximately 50/50 on trail vs off trail. Not as good in moguls or on groomers as the narrower skis but better in snow with depth. The Aura is quite a bit stiffer than the Samba.

 

88mm = Kenja, Black Pearl. More biased toward packed conditions, maybe 75/25 on trail vs off. These more nimble in bumps, and good for boot top powder. The BP is more playful than the Kenja.

 

SJ

Maybe it's because I ski the Sambas longer than the Black Pearls (166 vs. 159) but I actually prefer the Sambas on groomers, too. :D They actually seem easier to turn which doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but they just seem to be more responsive. It did take me a good full day to get used to them. I am not exactly a hard-charger, but the Sambas are going to let me be that way if I so choose! They are a BLAST!

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Maybe it's because I ski the Sambas longer than the Black Pearls (166 vs. 159) but I actually prefer the Sambas on groomers, too. :D They actually seem easier to turn which doesn't make a whole lot of sense, .......

 

I agree.

 

SJ

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