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Lighter weight Ski thread - Salomon MTN Lab Explore 95 and 88, K2 Pinnacle 95 and iKonic 85 , Head Monster 88 etc. etc. -

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Thread Starter 

I'm a lightweight ~140lbs @ 5'6.5" and am intrigued by the new skis claiming lighter swing weights etc. etc.

 

Surprised by claims of the Salomon MTN Lab 95 and 88's being very suitable lift serve all mountain tools. Blister listed specs and they are light.

http://blog.shepssports.com/2015/sneak-peak-2016-ski-and-snowboard-staff-picks/ 

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2015-2016-salomon-mtn-lab/2 

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2015-2016-salomon-mtn-lab/3

 

Haven't found weights for the Pinnacle 95 or '16 Monster 88, am interested in them too.

 

The monster may be for heavier guys them me. Not sure about that as Ski Diva reviewer wrote "Stiff Damp Strong Input, for really strong/heavy skiers" but the review was written by and for woman - then again Vonn is strong enough to use a man's ski and i'm quite sure she could twist me into a pretzel so i don't know???

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/2015-2016-all-mountain-75-88-waist.19178/

 

Premature thread but anyone demo these skis yet?

 

Curious if they're something to look forward to as a possible 1QS i can throw around that won't fold and or get tossed around in crud as the majority of featherweights seem to do. Plus there are some sweet deals now on '14/'15 skis that would be a shame to miss out on if next seasons reviews aren't as positive as the prelim hype. 

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Don't forget the Head Instinct series, but the widest of those is 83mm.  

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Instinct may be a little to frontside oriented for what i want.

 

I am curious if Heads use of "graphene" has considerably lightened up those skis while retaining the qualities we like in a ski, or if its just more marketing hype, i.e. they put a square inch of it in the ski to say they are using it! Call me skeptical, never did buy into that KERS chip thing. 

 

Dynafit is the only other ski company i'm aware of using graphene in a lightweight AT ski named after the material. It is also twice the price of those Heads, but again AT is a entirely different class of ski...brings us back to the topic of this thread re the MTN Lab Exp 95/88... 

https://www.wildsnow.com/ 

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The Monster series also has graphene in them but whether they are lighter than the previous Monsters, IDK, nor do I really care because they ski well.  The Instinct series is new and pretty frontside oriented but they are light, quick, responsive and fun to ski.  Whether it's marketing hype, I don't know or care, all I know is I really like the Strong Instinct Ti, 83mm, enough to buy it even though I already have a pair of Nordica FA84 EDTs and I'm not getting rid of them.

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I have a few days on the Pinnacle 95 and while I am unsure of the weight it dies ski light and easy. The Head Monster even with Graphene skis heavier and damper. If I put both of these skis on scales, I I doubt I would get a numerical difference that is proportional to the feel of these skis have on the snow. My point is, don't get hung up on the numbers. Swing weight is extremely difficult to quantify. 

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