I have been skiing for 3 years. I currently have the Volkl Viola in a 148cm which is too short for me but when learning it was a length I was comfortable width. I am 5'6 and weigh around 175lbs give or take. I am athletic and not petite at all. My boyfriend says my violas as fine and I should stick with them. I say they are ok but I am outgrowing them quickly and after demoing skis with metal in them the viola seems very soft and noodle like. I want more in a ski, something with metal that stiffer yet still playful that will take me to the next level of skiing. I am not an aggressive skier but feel with the right ski I will ski faster and more aggressive.
I have demoed the Charisma in 149 to get me started and then the Volkl Chiara in 155 to get me used to the length I want. I hope to buy somewhere in the 155-156 range.
I haven't tried the Kenja cause I am kinda scared due to its width. What gives me hope is I heard that the charisma is still for advanced skiers but I found it fun and maneuverable and skied faster and better within minutes of getting on it. Given this I think I can handle the Kenja but I am still scared as its wide. The charisma is 79 underfoot and the Kenja is 87. I am scared it’s too much ski for me. I will try the kenja in 149 cause I know I can manage that size of a ski.
I loved the Charisma, loved this ski. I found it stiffer but very, very manageable, playful and maneuverable. My boyfriend told me I was skiing faster and more parallel with the charisma almost right away. This tells me that a ski like this is good for me because I felt it helped me ski better because of the construction of the ski. I have heard the charismas doesn't live up to its name but I found it quite fun and lively.
I want to ultimately buy the kenja but think the charisma might be a more in between ski for me. I used to be afraid of the charisma because its marked for an aggressive advanced skier and I'm neither. However, after being able to handle the charisma just fine and skiing quite well I think I might be ok with the kenja also.
What are folks thoughts between the two skis.
Thank you in advance for your comments.