I'm looking for a sub 8 lb ski 96-100 underfoot for mainly AT, but also occasional resort laps. I own older Mantras and 2015 Kendos that I have bonded with quite well. On paper, the 90Eight seemed perfect, but when I demoed the ski it was either the worst Volkl I have skied, or it was railed without any base bevel.
Normally I do like a ski with minimum base bevel of maybe .5deg, but these skis were extremely edgy, couldn't butter/slarve, and the inside ski was hooking up in every direction possible. Snow conditions were absolutely perfect north facing firm groomers that I could just destroy on the Kendos. I was able to make one run on a south facing corned up steepish groomer, and the ski was great here.
I didn't have a true bar, and couldn't find a shop at the base with a bevel gauge, so I don't know for sure what was going on. It did appear to be a bit railed when I held a ski pole shaft up to the base, but.....
I know Skiing, and Freeskier like this ski, but looking for something a little more in depth like Blister or Real provides, but they don't have any reviews. So anyone out there have some good beta?
The only thing worse than buying the wrong ski without first demoing the ski, is writing off a very good ski because the ski had a shit tune.