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Kabookie replacement

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I've skied the Blizzard Kabookie in a 180 for the past 3 years (40 days/yr) as my go to ski for eastern all around skiing and Euro off piste and touring ski. Paired with a Marker F12 it has been a dependable package, far better going down than going up. I have used the Fritschi Vipec's on a pair of Volkl Nanuq's and while I am very happy with the bindings (for both up and down) but I've not found the Nanuq's as solid going down as I'd like. So the plan is to move to a Blizzard Zero G 95 or a Dynastar Mythic with a vipec.  Anyone skied on these two who can give me a read on one vs. the other? I've been a big Blizzard fan of late but toured on Dynastars for years in the 80's and 90's. Boots are Maestrale RS. Many years of (mainly Euro) touring and off piste experience. Piste ski is a Brahma which I really like. Easy skiing but with good stability at my high end. Looking for ease of skiing, particularly in difficult snow, over haul ass, high speed ripping.  Also, any idea who might have these for an early season demo in Vermont?

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I'd suggest posting this on our AT/Touring forum, and also on TGR (Teton Gravity Research), which is a website with a greater percentage of backcountry skiers. I know that over there, the Zero G 95 has been getting a lot of love. Personally, I'd also advocate looking at the Volkl BMT 94, or if you're more of a camber traditionalist, the Nanuq. I have tried the V-Werks Katana, mostly liked it but not a full rocker fan, skied the older Nanuq (it hasn't changed a whole lot over the years) and liked it a lot; think all wood Mantra from back when it was 96 mm, cambered, no rocker. Not as feather light as the carbon wonders, but you gain a bunch of stability. 

 

OTOH, doubt any of those carbon wonders will excel as an east coast all-around; the Nanuq might do decently. But if that's a larger priority than touring, might think about a Soul Rider or a Fischer Ranger 9-whatever it is this season. 

 

IMHO, those Fischers are looking like an incredible deal right now for mixing AT with groomers. The 90-something for frontside and serious touring, the 108 for hike to, walk out of terrain near the lifts. They are crazy light for a ski with metal and wood in it. 

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I'd suggest posting this on our AT/Touring forum, and also on TGR (Teton Gravity Research), which is a website with a greater percentage of backcountry skiers. I know that over there, the Zero G 95 has been getting a lot of love. Personally, I'd also advocate looking at the Volkl BMT 94, or if you're more of a camber traditionalist, the Nanuq. I have tried the V-Werks Katana, mostly liked it but not a full rocker fan, skied the older Nanuq (it hasn't changed a whole lot over the years) and liked it a lot; think all wood Mantra from back when it was 96 mm, cambered, no rocker. Not as feather light as the carbon wonders, but you gain a bunch of stability. 

 

OTOH, doubt any of those carbon wonders will excel as an east coast all-around; the Nanuq might do decently. But if that's a larger priority than touring, might think about a Soul Rider or a Fischer Ranger 9-whatever it is this season. 

 

IMHO, those Fischers are looking like an incredible deal right now for mixing AT with groomers. The 90-something for frontside and serious touring, the 108 for hike to, walk out of terrain near the lifts. They are crazy light for a ski with metal and wood in it. 

 

I also like the Fischer idea.  Very light for what they are.  3.67kg for the Ranger 98 pair in 180cm length. If I remember correctly, the Kabookie was around 2050g per ski, so that is a cool 430g (nearly 1lb) weight savings for the pair.  It is a legit all-mountain tool for the expert.  

 

Now, the Zero G 95 is 2630g on my scale in 178cm.  Huge difference.  But although the Zero G is quite capable for what it is, I did notice it being soft and quite yielding when the snow is steep and firm.  I wouldn't choose it for aggressive skiing in funky snow.  

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Thanks Scott.  I'll check out the Fischers.  They weren't on my radar.

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Yup. Was going to talk about the Fischer too... Or the kastle fx104...

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Yup. Was going to talk about the Fischer too... Or the kastle fx104...

 

FX104 can be had for a deal right now!  It is a very capable ski. Not light however. 

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