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All mountain skis [intermediate in Colorado, Salomon Q90 or Volkl Kendo?]

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Should I get 2016 Salomon Q90 w/ Salomon Z10 bindings or 2015 Volkl Kendo w/ Salomon STH2 13 bindings? Either will cost me about $450.

 

Any other good suggestions? I'd like to stay within that price range plus, minus a few bucks.

post #2 of 9

Love the Q series, really nice ski. Better then the Volkls IMHO and I've skied both. 

post #3 of 9
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what do you like about Q? what are the main differences?

I'm an intermediate and would like to work on my skills to get to the next level. 

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Should I get 2016 Salomon Q90 w/ Salomon Z10 bindings or 2015 Volkl Kendo w/ Salomon STH2 13 bindings? Either will cost me about $450.

 

Any other good suggestions? I'd like to stay within that price range plus, minus a few bucks.

 

Where do you plan to ski mostly and what type of terrain and/or snow do you like to ski?

 

Beware of the Z10 binding. It has a reputation for broken heel tracks.    

post #5 of 9
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I plan to ski in Colorado and neighboring states mostly. I plan to ski about 70-80% on piste, in various conditions. 

post #6 of 9

The Q90 should be better for you. Stay away from the Z10 binding if you can. It's a smooth ski that is good on western snow for an intermediate skier.    

 

The 2015 Kendo is still the original Kendo with a slight tip rocker. It's a bit too high strung for most skiers. The 2016 model is a completely new model - a bit more forgiving. Way more $$.        

post #7 of 9
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I'm leaning towards Q90. I plan to spend a lot of time on those skis this season.

 

What do you think about STH 12 OS, STH 10 or Z 12 for Q90? 

post #8 of 9

I agree the Q90 is the better ski for you.  I would go STH 12 or Z12 for bindings and just stay away from the 10 DIN range bindings if you can.  You'll get a lot more life out of the 12s, chances are you'll be able to use them on your next pair of skis.

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Is there any significant difference between Q90 2015 vs 2016? I can get 2015 for roughly $200 cheaper and spend that difference on some other gear.

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