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Replacement for Volkl AC50

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I "grew up" on the AC50, meaning I went from a low-intermediate to expert on these.  From what I have read on this board, I have always been a bit light for the skis, but they have served me well.  Now, its time to replace them.  I ski about 25 days on average in western resorts, mainly Utah and Wyoming.  I carry two pairs of skis, with the others being Rossignol S3 (although I am also thinking about replacing these with S7's and selling the S3's).

 

Because I don't have the luxury of skiing only on powder days, what recommendations for a good ski (all mountain, perhaps?) for less than ideal conditions (crud, heavy snow, firm snow) where the S3's are not a stiff enough ski to make it fun.

 

L9 skiier

160 - 165 lbs

post #2 of 12
Check out one of the sponsors here.
http://www.skiessentials.com/

I have bought 3 pair of skis from them in the past year.

Look for a freeride ski, google the ski you think you like and read the reviews.

I have these, but I ski in VT and I'm 5'11" 195lbs http://www.skiessentials.com/outlet/2014-volkl-kendo-skis-european-edition-w-attack-13-bindings.html

Look over the site, lots of options.
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That "Euro" Kendo caught my attention, never heard of that one before.....

 

I think those ski features listed on the link are for a different ski though, 112 waist??  available in 179?

 

Regardless, that's a fantastic price w/bindings.  $550

 

wow - that includes mounting too

post #4 of 12

Mantra?

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Originally Posted by SkiersLeft View Post

That "Euro" Kendo caught my attention, never heard of that one before.....



 



I think those ski features listed on the link are for a different ski though, 112 waist??  available in 179?



 



Regardless, that's a fantastic price w/bindings.  $550



 



wow - that includes mounting too


 



I have the Euro Kendo's, got them a for Xmas. Only the top skin is different. Same graphic's just not shiny.
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Originally Posted by SkiersLeft View Post
 

That "Euro" Kendo caught my attention, never heard of that one before.....

 

 

 

I think those ski features listed on the link are for a different ski though, 112 waist??  available in 179?

 

 

 

Regardless, that's a fantastic price w/bindings.  $550

 

 

 

wow - that includes mounting too

 



I have the Euro Kendo's, got them a for Xmas. Only the top skin is different. Same graphic's just not shiny.

These say Euro edition but I think they are just a second run that Volkl offered. They are available in Kendo and Mantra models. It is a matte textured finish that is quite nice. I know @Trekchick still has both models still at True North in Northstar. 

post #7 of 12

Bonafide 

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post #9 of 12

A friend of mine has been looking into some new ski's too.  He's fairly well made up his mind on a set of Blizzard Brahmas.  I found him a thorough review, 3 full pages to read with pictures on the 4th page.  This guy tested them for 13 days.  He also kept mentioning the Salomon X Drive 8.8.  He has a separate review for these too.  I also watched a YouTube video on the Salomons.  

 

 http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2014-2015-blizzard-brahma

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2014-2015-salomon-x-drive-8-8-fs

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVMC1JbPlGs

post #10 of 12
The AC 50 has a racy touch. If you like that and wants to go all mountain, this ski might be the perfect one:

http://extrem.com/sv/skis/project-100/

Don't think you will be able to demo.

There's also another brand from Sweden called Hendryx which are similar but slightly meaner.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

First, I want to thank everyone who replied.  I'm going to be in Breck soon, and based on the info posted, I believe I will be looking (if possible) to demo the Bonafides and Brahma.  There are some other good recommendations as well.  

 

The Mantra was mentioned here, above.  I demoed Mantra's on a decent day (two days post-snow) at Alta last year and I didn't find they were a quick enough ski for me, but that could be just "me" - so, it will be interesting to see how the Bonafide/Brama's ski, as some are saying they are similar to the Mantras.

 

Overall, since I am coming from the AC50, my goal is something fairly stiff and responsive but lighter than the '50's.  

post #12 of 12
FWIW, I owned the Bonafides and once demoed the AC50s. The Bonafide and Brahma will be more versatile than the AC50, but I found the Binafides a bit vague at times ion piste. Something like the 8.5 would be more like the AC50 in that they are more carvey. See: http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/blizzard-magnum-85-ti-2013
Have a great time!
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