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Hi everyone! 

 

So I'm an advanced skier, just shy of expert, and for the past two years I've been living in Colorado. While there I was renting Volkl Kenja's which I've loved-- they're an incredible all-mountain ski that react quickly and get me through anything.  

 

Having recently moved to Vermont, however, I'm not so sure if Kenja's would be the best choice for the season. Does anyone have any recommendations for a woman's ski something like the Kenja (which I haven't even found available near me), but more able to hold up on eastern ice and crud conditions? Not even sure if I should be ditching my all mountain delusions and just buying something that carves well at this point....

 

Any input would be very appreciated, thanks! 

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post #2 of 16

I wouldn't rush to toss the Kenjas aside.  They will handle Eastern conditions just fine; from hardpack to soft snow and lots in between.  Most important, you know them and you know you like them. Really that is the most important part of all. 

post #3 of 16

My girlfriend is an advanced skier and loves her kenjas for both east and west.  

post #4 of 16

My sister and wife both ski the Kenja in the east, are advanced/experts, and love the skis.

post #5 of 16

I know quite a few women who ski kenjas in the east and love them. I ski in the west, but had super icy conditions last week and loved how they performed. try 'em out before you pass over them!

post #6 of 16

Why fix what is not broken? 

post #7 of 16
Keep the skis and get a new state.
post #8 of 16

You just have to put a Vermont tune on those Colorado skis.

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the input! I'll definitely be looking around for some Kenjas. Still, any other recommendations for something comparable? Just thinking about different buy/rental prices and a few other unknown factors. 

post #10 of 16

Paging @Trekchick for suggestions.

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by omc123 View Post
 

Hi everyone! 

 

So I'm an advanced skier, just shy of expert, and for the past two years I've been living in Colorado. While there I was renting Volkl Kenja's which I've loved-- they're an incredible all-mountain ski that react quickly and get me through anything.  

 

Having recently moved to Vermont, however, I'm not so sure if Kenja's would be the best choice for the season. Does anyone have any recommendations for a woman's ski something like the Kenja (which I haven't even found available near me), but more able to hold up on eastern ice and crud conditions? Not even sure if I should be ditching my all mountain delusions and just buying something that carves well at this point....

 

Any input would be very appreciated, thanks! 

 

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Originally Posted by skiessentials View Post
 

I wouldn't rush to toss the Kenjas aside.  They will handle Eastern conditions just fine; from hardpack to soft snow and lots in between.  Most important, you know them and you know you like them. Really that is the most important part of all. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

Why fix what is not broken? 


What they said. 

The Kenjas are a great ski for East Coast conditions.  Ski them for a bit and see if you need something else.  

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much for your advice all!

 

Still, I have not yet located Kenjas near me and cannot find any length (156-163ish) appropriate model (new or used, 2012 on) online for under $650, I'm looking for more options. Thoughts?  

post #13 of 16
Someone on Ski Diva forum has 2011 Volkl Tierra in 161 cm for sale ... $200 plus shipping. She is located in the NE, skis Mt Snow, I think.

Not saying you should leave the Kenja ... just a low-cost option to try while you continue your search.
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Originally Posted by omc123 View Post
 

Thank you very much for your advice all!

 

Still, I have not yet located Kenjas near me and cannot find any length (156-163ish) appropriate model (new or used, 2012 on) online for under $650, I'm looking for more options. Thoughts?  


The show where I work has a couple pair of Kenja's from last year for under 500. (or at least they did when I was in the shop on Monday) 

 

I think Start Haus has Kenjas as well as @skiessentials 

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by omc123 View Post
 

Thank you very much for your advice all!

 

Still, I have not yet located Kenjas near me and cannot find any length (156-163ish) appropriate model (new or used, 2012 on) online for under $650, I'm looking for more options. Thoughts?  

 

If you want a real contrast, and are ready to open up new horizons, something roughly like this - i.e., SL race ski - can be very very fun here in the east on the majority of days. Didn't catch your height and weight, but if you are on 160ish all-mountain skis, a 150 SL should work as a hard-snow-days ski. These can often be found at reasonable prices used, as cast-offs from juniors who have outgrown them. Just one idea.

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
 


The show where I work has a couple pair of Kenja's from last year for under 500. (or at least they did when I was in the shop on Monday) 

 

I think Start Haus has Kenjas as well as @skiessentials 


We are sold out of Kenjas from 2014 in your size.  We do have 2015 in stock, and if you send me a PM (message) I can make you a better deal than the price you see everywhere else.  That being said, if Trekchick has them for under $500 for last seasons I wouldn't pass that deal up.

 

jake

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