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Kendo carviness...and greetings.

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First hello and stoked to find this place!
I'm 44 and started skiing again after about a 15 year hiatus to get my kids out there. Would ski anything on piste and mellow off before the layoff. Didn't take much to get to about 75% of former ability. I've kept playing hockey over the years and I think the muscle memory, and edge control in proper skating form is pretty damn near the same. I'm 5'6" 150#. Anyway, I picked up a pair of 173 bushwackers (used) and dig em but want a more "ice skate like" edge grip when carving so I thought the kendos might fit the bill. Plan on going 163 to use on 70% smooth groomers, 20% bumps, 10% "side country" trees where I can still keep an eye on the kids. Searched the Kendo threads and most claimed good edge hold. I'm looking for that on rails vibe with varying radii I get on skates for hard Midwestern/eastern conditions. Thanks!
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First hello and stoked to find this place!
I'm 44 and started skiing again after about a 15 year hiatus to get my kids out there. Would ski anything on piste and mellow off before the layoff. Didn't take much to get to about 75% of former ability. I've kept playing hockey over the years and I think the muscle memory, and edge control in proper skating form is pretty damn near the same. I'm 5'6" 150#. Anyway, I picked up a pair of 173 bushwackers (used) and dig em but want a more "ice skate like" edge grip when carving so I thought the kendos might fit the bill. Plan on going 163 to use on 70% smooth groomers, 20% bumps, 10% "side country" trees where I can still keep an eye on the kids. Searched the Kendo threads and most claimed good edge hold. I'm looking for that on rails vibe with varying radii I get on skates for hard Midwestern/eastern conditions. Thanks!

Welcome!

 

If you are looking for ice skate like control, you might be a little let down by the Kendo but it would still serve you well as carvy all rounder.  I have a similar ski, the Blizzard Brahma for my all-rounder, but it's been so hardpack on old snow that I'm grabbing my Jr. GS and front side boards more often this particular season.  The Brahmas carve great for a wide ski, but they just don't have the grin factor.

If you plan on selling the Bushwackers, the Kendo will be groovy but I wouldn't go any shorter than 170CM.  

 

If you plan on keeping the Bushwackers for family ski time, then finding a front side oriented ski in a 16 to 19M radius will bring you huge smiles on hardpack and near ice conditions when you can let it loose a little more.  
 

If you have the opportunity to demo the Kendo's and others before buying, do it for certain.

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163 is kind of short for someone with Tubesteak as a username.  ;)

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Originally Posted by Tubesteak View Post

First hello and stoked to find this place!
I'm 44 and started skiing again after about a 15 year hiatus to get my kids out there. Would ski anything on piste and mellow off before the layoff. Didn't take much to get to about 75% of former ability. I've kept playing hockey over the years and I think the muscle memory, and edge control in proper skating form is pretty damn near the same. I'm 5'6" 150#. Anyway, I picked up a pair of 173 bushwackers (used) and dig em but want a more "ice skate like" edge grip when carving so I thought the kendos might fit the bill. Plan on going 163 to use on 70% smooth groomers, 20% bumps, 10% "side country" trees where I can still keep an eye on the kids. Searched the Kendo threads and most claimed good edge hold. I'm looking for that on rails vibe with varying radii I get on skates for hard Midwestern/eastern conditions. Thanks!

 

Are you REPLACING the Bushwackers or supplementing them?

 

If supplementing, then you should get a real carving ski in the 65-75mm width range, not another 88mm ski.

 

If replacing, then tell us more about why you are only mentioning the Kendo and not any of the many other 80-somethings.

post #5 of 6
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Too funny JayT! I dig the Bw's and will keep them. Bought a used demo model and plan on beating the hell out of them. I was looking at BW/Brahma/Kendo and decided on the BW because after reading reviews on here thought they might be too stiff. I like the BW a lot just not on hardpack so I figured I might try the Kendo. I figured I would go with Kendo at 163 because of a lower turn radius and thought it might be more skaty. Figured the Brahma would just be too similar to the BW. Still trying to figure out the new style of skis. My last and favorite pair were Dynastar Verticals in 195 which I thought were perfect for just about anything. Too bad they got stolen.
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Oh and don't have the op to demo so I'm just buying used. Both skis and bindings are actually cheaper than buying 1 new pair without bindings do I'm ok with it.
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