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post #1 of 6
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Hey Guys,

 

I have been skiing for about 18 years now, and, if you can believe it, have never bought new skis before (since I was a child). I have been renting or riding hand-me-downs for the majority my skiing career, and now that I am in a position to ski more than 1.5 weeks a season, I figure it is time to invest in some serious skis. I have always owned my own boots, and am just looking for skis and bindings here.

 

Here is my description:

 

- 6'2 and 160 lbs

- Advanced skiier

- Ride about 2 weeks in Montana and projecting to ride about 1.5-2 weeks on the east coast

- I ride mostly on-piste with a few runs of off sprinkled in there

- I like ripping/carving down the typical groomer, like any other skiier, but also love mogul and tree runs as well

- I am not much of a park guy, but I have a very playful/quick skiing style and like to improvise and find natural features to mess around on

- I'm pretty aggressive on the slope at times and like to charge the mountain, but I also like to be able to slow it down

 

I was looking into the Volkl Kendo as an option, but I have concerns about its playfulness. I not sure if I want a ski that will only perform if its being all out charged on (and I don't know if that's accurate about the Kendo).

 

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Let me know if you guys need any more information.

 

-Ian

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Originally Posted by mercia01 View Post
 

Hey Guys,

 

I have been skiing for about 18 years now, and, if you can believe it, have never bought new skis before (since I was a child). I have been renting or riding hand-me-downs for the majority my skiing career, and now that I am in a position to ski more than 1.5 weeks a season, I figure it is time to invest in some serious skis. I have always owned my own boots, and am just looking for skis and bindings here.

 

Here is my description:

 

- 6'2 and 160 lbs

- Advanced skiier

- Ride about 2 weeks in Montana and projecting to ride about 1.5-2 weeks on the east coast

- I ride mostly on-piste with a few runs of off sprinkled in there

- I like ripping/carving down the typical groomer, like any other skiier, but also love mogul and tree runs as well

- I am not much of a park guy, but I have a very playful/quick skiing style and like to improvise and find natural features to mess around on

- I'm pretty aggressive on the slope at times and like to charge the mountain, but I also like to be able to slow it down

 

I was looking into the Volkl Kendo as an option, but I have concerns about its playfulness. I not sure if I want a ski that will only perform if its being all out charged on (and I don't know if that's accurate about the Kendo).

 

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Let me know if you guys need any more information.

 

-Ian


Welcome to EpicSki!  Do you live in the northeast and fly out to Montana?  Where do you usually ski in the northeast?

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

I live in NY and ski locally and a few spots in Vermont as well. And, I have family in Montana that I visit each year for an extended amount of time.

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I live in NY and ski locally and a few spots in Vermont as well. And, I have family in Montana that I visit each year for an extended amount of time.


Lucky you!

 

Are you trying to buy only one pair of skis?  Many advanced skiers who ski regularly in the northeast and out west end up with two pairs with significantly different characteristics.  Or buy skis for where they ski the most and rent in the other region if conditions warrant.

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Lucky you!

 

Are you trying to buy only one pair of skis?  Many advanced skiers who ski regularly in the northeast and out west end up with two pairs with significantly different characteristics.  Or buy skis for where they ski the most and rent in the other region if conditions warrant.

 

 

I think I am trying to stay with one nice pair for for now. I would lean slightly towards favoring west characteristics, because starting next year I will be contracted out west for a few weeks each year.

post #6 of 6

The 'old' Kendo (2014-2015 and earlier) are quite serious charging ski's. Last year's model, however, (2015-2016) has become much more pleayful and less hard snow biased. It's a realy fun ski. Other options in that category are the Fischer Motive 86 TI (will be replace by the pro Mtn 86 TI next season), Head Monster 88 and the Dynastar Powertrack 89 TI. The Nordica Nrgy 90 could be a contender as well, but the other skis I mentioned perform better on hard pack.

 

If you like the hard charging skis, give the Blizzard Brahma or Salomon X-Drive 8.8 a try.

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