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Volkl RTM 81 and Kendo to close to own both?

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I love my Kendos, 177 22.5 radius and have many other skis but I have a killer deal on a 176 cm 18 radius RTM 81. Are these skis too close in performance to own both?

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Bump before I loose the deal!

Thanks

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Just MHO, but you've already got a plethora of overlapped and duplicate performance front side and piste skis for your 500' hill. Given that trend, yes, YOU should own both. Thankfully I don't have to wait for you to decide which skis you take to the hill on a giving day. smile.gif
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Can you get the RTM 81 deal in a 171?   I think that might be a better ski to combine with the 177 Kendo.  Here's my thinking....

 

I haven't been on the RTM 81, but I have more days on the 177 Kendo in the last 4 years than any other ski.  I've also skied the AC30 a ton, initially in a 177 but switched to a 170 when the Kendo came out.  I just skied my 170 AC30 rock/bump ski at Copper the other day and was reminded how much I love them.  Although I've only been on the RTM 84, a 170 RTM 81 is on my radar to replace my AC30's, partially based on this review:

http://www.epicski.com/t/123390/first-day-on-my-new-volkl-rtm-81

 

I spent most my day at Copper on the ~700 vf Excelerator lift and was reminded why a short, short radius ski is a great choice on a shorter hill.   Really fun day, in large part due to the skis.   I would not have had nearly as much fun on the 177 Kendo, a 177 AC30 or my current 178 Steadfasts as I did on my 170 AC30's.  I'm guessing the same is true for a 171 vs 176 RTM.

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tball, how would a Kendo in 170cm do on that same hill ? Just saying... Maybe a short hill needs a shorter ski...?

I do remember back in the day, taking my Dynastar G9's 203cm on the weekly night ski trip with my son's school to the local hill, I bearly had time to make 3 or 4 turns...smile.gif

Back in VT on the weekends, they were fine.

levy1 don't you have to many skis already ?
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tball, how would a Kendo in 170cm do on that same hill ? Just saying... Maybe a short hill needs a shorter ski...?
 

 

No doubt.  A 170cm Kendo would do great.   I skied those quite a bit when I had a season demo pass and switched between the 170 and 177 Kendo based on conditions (5'11" 180).

 

I think the shorter turn radius and narrower 170 AC30 was better the other day, but I just got (un)lucky as I didn't hit any new terrain openings.   The 170 Kendo does better in powder than the AC30, obviously.  

 

I got lucky early season last year and was at Mary Jane when they opened half the mountain, but was way under gunned on my 170 AC30.  Still a blast of a day, though.

 

I'm currently trolling CL for either a 170 Kendo or 170 AC30 for my next early season ski... anything under $100 w/bindings will do fine. :rolleyes   Got my current AC30's for $75 :D, but given their current duties they could meet their demise any day.  

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Just MHO, but you've already got a plethora of overlapped and duplicate performance front side and piste skis for your 500' hill. Given that trend, yes, YOU should own both. Thankfully I don't have to wait for you to decide which skis you take to the hill on a giving day. smile.gif

Thanks, I should be able to sort it all out over the next few weeks at Holiday Valley, then it will be garage sale!

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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post

tball, how would a Kendo in 170cm do on that same hill ? Just saying... Maybe a short hill needs a shorter ski...?
 

 

No doubt.  A 170cm Kendo would do great.   I skied those quite a bit when I had a season demo pass and switched between the 170 and 177 Kendo based on conditions (5'11" 180).

 

I think the shorter turn radius and narrower 170 AC30 was better the other day, but I just got (un)lucky as I didn't hit any new terrain openings.   The 170 Kendo does better in powder than the AC30, obviously.  

 

I got lucky early season last year and was at Mary Jane when they opened half the mountain, but was way under gunned on my 170 AC30.  Still a blast of a day, though.

 

I'm currently trolling CL for either a 170 Kendo or 170 AC30 for my next early season ski... anything under $100 w/bindings will do fine. :rolleyes   Got my current AC30's for $75 :D, but given their current duties they could meet their demise any day.  

Good luck on that price! I hope you get them.

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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post

tball, how would a Kendo in 170cm do on that same hill ? Just saying... Maybe a short hill needs a shorter ski...?

I do remember back in the day, taking my Dynastar G9's 203cm on the weekly night ski trip with my son's school to the local hill, I bearly had time to make 3 or 4 turns...smile.gif

Back in VT on the weekends, they were fine.

levy1 don't you have to many skis already ?

Yes I do. I am not buying for the short hill unless you call Holiday Valley, 7 Springs and Snowshoe short. I have my short skis from Mogsie, 10 ft tigershark, 174, 15.8 rradius. After I test everything I hope to get to a 2 or 3 ski quiver.

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