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Just looking through the list of 2015 gear offerings I noticed a new changes that could have fallen through the cracks for the naked ski eye. 

 

 

Blizzard Cochise

Blizzard had a pure died in wool winner when they introduced the Cochise 4 years ago, a ski so good it was Ski of the Year by Skiing Magazine. Times have changed and the market has evolved, particularly the “One Oh Something” category. The Cochise has evolved too. Blizzard made the Coshise a little softer this season but more importantly, they added some camber, not marketing camber but actual camber, it is now closer to being a 108mm Bonafide..and to me, that is a good thing.

 

 

Blizzard Samba

For many female testers. the Samba has become the reference ski in the 98-100mm category. For this season, Blizzard has lowered the street price from $699.00, where it was a top seller, to a lower new lower $649.00. The Samba has sold very well at the higher price since it’s introduction, we expect it to sell out even quicker now.

 

K2 Potion Series

First the Luv, then Super, now Potion. Yes, it can get confusing but the K2 ladies frontside skis are now Portion. Some of the sizes remain the same, there are some that are added on the wider end like the Potion 90 and Potion 98 while most of the names have changed, there are still the same skis that women have come to love. If you are still confused, K2 is offering a Remedy for that in 92,102 and 112mm widths. 

 

 

Kastle MX98

Well, we asked for it, Kastle made it. Kastle’s most respected skis since their reintroduction have been the MX series, the 70/78/83/88. Some might not have remembered the short lived MX98. The 98 was a big boy ski when Kastle first returned, it was a sandwich construction with full camber and a 98mm with sizes up to a 194. Most mortals couldn't ski it and thats where and why it created a cult following. I recall skiing Griffin Post’s 194’s down Palli that first year..it felt like it took 3 runs of energy just to make it down. Sizes of this ski will be 174, 184 and 194. I have oft referred to Kastles as Porsches, the MX98 is the Panamera Turbo S Executive, both in performance and in price. 

 

Look Pivot12/Rossignol FKS120

New? well, really reintroduced. Up to a few years ago a 4-12DIN Pivot was a part of Look/Rossignol’s offerings on their junior race skis but with the PX/AXL2 series taking over on the race skis, the 12DIN Pivot was removed from product mix. With the 14DIN Pivot12 and FKS140 versions begin $299 and at the top of the price range, sales were good, not great and most other 12-13DIN bindings were outselling it. Now with the reintroduction of the 12DIN versions at $249, Look and Rossignol hope that people will be more willing to pony up the extra $20-50 over the other 12/13DIN counterparts for the new Pivot12/FKS120. Keep in mind here, you are not just getting any 12DIN binding, you are getting a 14DIN binding with a 12DIN spring, there is value to be said there. Hence why I had these two bindings in my “Steals & Deals for 2015. Now, Look & Rossignol. just bring back the 15DIN versions. 

 

 

 

 

Look SPX/RossiAXL3

The PX and AXL2 went to Crossfit, they got stronger, slimmer and more buff. The new heel design allows easier step in and smoother release, all at a lighter weight. The new design also has a lower ramp angle for a more modern upright design. All good things. The proven multi directional toe returns unchanged. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott The Ski

Last year Scott introduced The Ski and old time freestyle aficionados went wild. Downfall of the offerings was that they were only offered in 10cm increments. With the average man wanting a 180cm in this type of ski, they were in-between sizes with having to go to a 175 or 185. Bobbie Burns and Scott solved that problem by bringing in a 180 in the traditional TRS red. There is now no excuse for the freestylers from the 70/80’s now to have a piece of their youth in a fun all mountain ski. Being a traditionalist myself, I would combine these with the fore mentioned Look/Rossi turntables. 

 

 

 

Stockli Laser AX

The Stockli Laser collection can be a bit confusing with all the models and getting the names and the players straight. Well Stockli is not making it any easier for you, they replaced one of the most popular names from last year, the Laser AR and for 2015, it is now the Laser AX. Where the AR was white, black and red, the AX is white, black and yellow. Don’t fret, the AX is just as much fun as the AX was, why not, it is the same ski. 

 

Tecnica 110 9.3 

A true 93mm race derived boot at under $600 street price? Surely you jest. I am not jesting and don't call me Shirley. Tecnica has bright their rear race derived shell down to a 110 flex for lighter racers and stronger recreational skiers that have very low volume feet yet desire the top level of performance and efficiency. Tecnica waw a market that was being overlooked, junior racers and strong women and smaller guys with narrow feet that are looking for a highly technical and efficient boot. 

 

 

 

Volkl Mantra/Aura

One of the worst kept secrets coming into this season, Volkls halo brother/sister combo, the Mantra and Aura increasing in waist width from 98 to 100 but more importantly going from the previous camber/early rise design to adopting Volkl’s new full rocker design. This is the most revolutionary change for these two skis since their introduction 4 generations ago. These new skis perform great and could very well be the most versatile Manta/Aura’s that were ever offered. 


Edited by Philpug - 10/28/14 at 9:06am
post #2 of 18

more nuggets of gold.  Thanks, I addition of camber to the cochise is a good thing.  great price point on the fantastic FKS/Pivots.  Thumbs Up

post #3 of 18

I got to speak with a Volkl rep a couple of weeks ago and we briefly discussed the new Mantra. He was completely adamant that the new Mantra was better at all things than the outgoing model, including hard snow performance. When I gave him one of those 'oh come on' skeptical looks he doubled down on his claims... Now I understand with the ELP design matched to the sidecut that it doesn't take much to put these on edge but in my mind Full Rocker just doesn't equate to hard snow excellence. Wouldn't mind being proven wrong though!

 

Frankly I'm super excited to demo these this year to see what all the fuss is about. Mantras have always been beyond my skill level but he said they softened them up a bit to make them more approachable to more people (but without compromising performance, of course or so he says). I also like how they have early taper now.. they sound really fun!

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I got to speak with a Volkl rep a couple of weeks ago and we briefly discussed the new Mantra. He was completely adamant that the new Mantra was better at all things than the outgoing model, including hard snow performance. When I gave him one of those 'oh come on' skeptical looks he doubled down on his claims... Now I understand with the ELP design matched to the sidecut that it doesn't take much to put these on edge but in my mind Full Rocker just doesn't equate to hard snow excellence. Wouldn't mind being proven wrong though!

Frankly I'm super excited to demo these this year to see what all the fuss is about. Mantras have always been beyond my skill level but he said they softened them up a bit to make them more approachable to more people (but without compromising performance, of course or so he says). I also like how they have early taper now.. they sound really fun!

I agree with him. I have 30-40 days on them. At first I used them exclusively as a fresh snow ski. Then one day I put them in the roof box on a hard snow day by mistake. Then I skied nothing else the rest of the season. They are still very much high performance.
post #5 of 18

I want a 93mm last boot in a 90-100 flex...maybe there's hope for one in the future!

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I got to speak with a Volkl rep a couple of weeks ago and we briefly discussed the new Mantra. He was completely adamant that the new Mantra was better at all things than the outgoing model, including hard snow performance. When I gave him one of those 'oh come on' skeptical looks he doubled down on his claims... Now I understand with the ELP design matched to the sidecut that it doesn't take much to put these on edge but in my mind Full Rocker just doesn't equate to hard snow excellence. Wouldn't mind being proven wrong though!

 

Frankly I'm super excited to demo these this year to see what all the fuss is about. Mantras have always been beyond my skill level but he said they softened them up a bit to make them more approachable to more people (but without compromising performance, of course or so he says). I also like how they have early taper now.. they sound really fun!

I am hopeful but also doubtful as to these claims.  I ski the Aura and their strength has been their hard snow performance (including ice - not boilerplate- but ice), yet easily busting crud and transitioning to a foot or so of powder.  It's the ideal ski in variable conditions. Is the new Aura yet another soft snow/somewhat powder ski that can handle groomers or is it the "all mountain ski" it's predecessor is?

post #7 of 18

Good morning.............have you had a chance to look over the new Nordica boot lineup for 2014/2015? Specifically the NRGy Pro series? As always, your input is invaluable! Thanks!

LabMan

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Good morning.............have you had a chance to look over the new Nordica boot lineup for 2014/2015? Specifically the NRGy Pro series? As always, your input is invaluable! Thanks!

LabMan

I have, it is a better boot with a much better liner than the outgoing Hell N Back series. The liner is one of the better ones offered in the 100mm recreational boots for this season. 

post #9 of 18
Cool! Have a pair of Pro 1's ordered. Thanks Phil!
post #10 of 18

"but more impotently"

 

The Cochise is going to be impotent?  Perhaps they're softening it up too much...

 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

Just looking through the list of 2015 gear offerings I noticed a new changes that could have fallen through the cracks for the naked ski eye. 

 

 

Blizzard Cochise

Blizzard had a pure died in wool winner when they introduced the Cochise 4 years ago, a ski so good it was Ski of the Year by Skiing Magazine. Times have changed and the market has evolved, particularly the “One Oh Something” category. The Cochise has evolved too. Blizzard made the Coshise a little softer this season but more impotently, they added some camber, not marketing camber but actual camber, it is now closer to being a 108mm Bonafide..and to me, that is a good thing

post #11 of 18

<Insert Viagra joke>

post #12 of 18

Funny how one ski gets camber and thumbs up while another loses camber and gets thumbs up.

 

It just goes to show that modern ski design is not all about camber versus rocker anymore.

 

My Bonafides are still in great shape, but maybe I'll cheat on them and demo the new Mantras.  I never was a good enough skier to handle those previous flat and fat tails with camber.

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Funny how one ski gets camber and thumbs up while another loses camber and gets thumbs up.

 

It just goes to show that modern ski design is not all about camber versus rocker anymore.

 

My Bonafides are still in great shape, but maybe I'll cheat on them and demo the new Mantras.  I never was a good enough skier to handle those previous flat and fat tails with camber.

 

The Mantra has lost it's camber but its not the loosing of camber that made it better, it is that the ski actually bends. The Cochise is a bit softer this year and has camber which makes it closer to being a 108mm Bonafide. If your Bonafides are doing the job, no reason to cheat. 

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Kastle MX98

Well, we asked for it, Kastle made it. Kastle’s most respected skis since their reintroduction have been the MX series, the 70/78/83/88. Some might not have remembered the short lived MX98. The 98 was a big boy ski when Kastle first returned, it was a sandwich construction with full camber and a 98mm with sizes up to a 194. Most mortals could ski it and thats where and why it created a cult following. I recall skiing Griffin Post’s 194’s down Palli that first year..it felt like it took 3 runs of energy just to make it down. Sizes of this ski will be 174, 184 and 194. I have oft referred to Kastles as Porsches, the MX98 is the Panamera Turbo S Executive, both in performance and in price. 

 

 

Curious about the new MX94.  You say that the old one was accessible ("Most mortals could ski it"), but you say it took three runs of energy to get down Pali?  Maybe I'm confused.  Anyway, is the new MX as draining as the old one?

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Kastle MX98

Well, we asked for it, Kastle made it. Kastle’s most respected skis since their reintroduction have been the MX series, the 70/78/83/88. Some might not have remembered the short lived MX98. The 98 was a big boy ski when Kastle first returned, it was a sandwich construction with full camber and a 98mm with sizes up to a 194. Most mortals couldn't ski it and thats where and why it created a cult following. I recall skiing Griffin Post’s 194’s down Palli that first year..it felt like it took 3 runs of energy just to make it down. Sizes of this ski will be 174, 184 and 194. I have oft referred to Kastles as Porsches, the MX98 is the Panamera Turbo S Executive, both in performance and in price. 

 

 

Curious about the new MX94.  You say that the old one was accessible ("Most mortals could ski it"), but you say it took three runs of energy to get down Pali?  Maybe I'm confused.  Anyway, is the new MX as draining as the old one?

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Kastle MX98

Well, we asked for it, Kastle made it. Kastle’s most respected skis since their reintroduction have been the MX series, the 70/78/83/88. Some might not have remembered the short lived MX98. The 98 was a big boy ski when Kastle first returned, it was a sandwich construction with full camber and a 98mm with sizes up to a 194. Most mortals couldn't ski it and thats where and why it created a cult following. I recall skiing Griffin Post’s 194’s down Palli that first year..it felt like it took 3 runs of energy just to make it down. Sizes of this ski will be 174, 184 and 194. I have oft referred to Kastles as Porsches, the MX98 is the Panamera Turbo S Executive, both in performance and in price. 

 

 

Curious about the new MX94.  You say that the old one was accessible ("Most mortals could ski it"), but you say it took three runs of energy to get down Pali?  Maybe I'm confused.  Anyway, is the new MX as draining as the old one?

Actually, you caught an error...most couldn't ski it. And really that is a bit of an overstatement, most could not tap into the power of the ski. 

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Curious about the new MX94.  You say that the old one was accessible ("Most mortals could ski it"), but you say it took three runs of energy to get down Pali?  Maybe I'm confused.  Anyway, is the new MX as draining as the old one?

 

mx98?  the 94 is a FX series unless there's another I am not aware of?  

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mx98?  the 94 is a FX series unless there's another I am not aware of?  

 

Guess I'm not the only one catching errors :rolleyes.

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