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New ski choice [mostly CO, Kendo vs Balckeye TI?]

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I am new to this forum and would like to ask for feedback in a ski choice decision. I am 5'9"(175cm) 165 lbs and spend most of my time bombing down steep groomed runs. I will occasionally do moguls but it's not my thing. I ski about 6-10 days a year but I've always wanted a pair of my own skis. I demo'd a pair of Volkl Kendo 170 skis and found them stiffer and edgier than what I had been getting and liked them so much I took a picture so I could remember. The new Kendo appears to have a wider waist though and may not be the same. My local shop I like is recommending the Atomic Blackeye TI for me. Does anyone have any experienceon both and could give me feedback?

Thanks
post #2 of 6

Where do you ski and what are the common snow conditions?  If you are in the east, I, and many others, will suggest you go even skinnier and racier.  You might like the Nordica FireArrow, for instance, or one of the Head Supershapes (Titan maybe) or Rossi Hero LT or even a de-tuned race ski.  

 

If your snow is western/softer, either of the two you mention will be a good start....though probably not the end.

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Where do you ski and what are the common snow conditions?  If you are in the east, I, and many others, will suggest you go even skinnier and racier.  You might like the Nordica FireArrow, for instance, or one of the Head Supershapes (Titan maybe) or Rossi Hero LT or even a de-tuned race ski.  

 

If your snow is western/softer, either of the two you mention will be a good start....though probably not the end.

I typically ski in Colorado with some occasional Utah and Arizona mixed in.  

post #4 of 6

If you really stick mostly to groomers and want to go fast, and you ski out west where you rarely see real ice or hardpack, you might like the skis I mentioned above.  I'm thinking slightly wider (80-88), fairly stiff, carvers.  

 

But... be aware that higher performance (think Nordica FireArrow 84, for instance) comes with higher skill demands.  The Kendo/Atomic skis you mention will do 3/4 of the job with 3/4 of the effort as the dedicated groomer-zoomers.  There are great carvers that are easier: Kastle MX83 comes to mind, but that one's EXPENSIVE unless you can find a deal.  

 

Or... look at: http://www.epicski.com/t/145790/kastle-168-mx-88-with-k11-pro-binding-brand-new-399-00-free-shippng.  A bit wider than normally used only groomers, but a GREAT deal on a great ski.

post #5 of 6

I have to ask, have you been renting skis and now decided to buy ?

 

What do you have for boots ?

 

When I demoed the Blackeye Ti when it first came out, I took it back to the demo tent, which happened to be maned by my ski house mate who was an Atomic Rep, I told him they feel just like a Volkl. He told me, "that's what they were going for".

 

I've been on the Kendo since it came out. IMO a awesome ski. My boots are fitted to my feet, I do my own tunes, I can basically think turn and it happens. I skied 65 day's last year.

 

At your 6-10 day's a season your going to want to take a few lessons after you get great fitting boots and the new skis. Oh, has any one told you, boots are the most important part.

post #6 of 6
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Thanks Max,

That's the type of feedback I was looking for. Yes, I agree boots are the most important piece of gear. I've had my own boots for more than 10 years. So, you would say the two skis are pretty comparable? The waist is quite different though
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