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06 Volkl Dogens: Reviews?

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I just invested in my first pair of twintip skis: 06 Volkl Dogens, 158. I am a little nervous. Are these the right skis for a beginner to park? What about other attributes: pop, durability, scratch-resistency (if that's even a word)? Also, they are not exactly center mounted. How will that affect sliding rails, or will it? PLEASE HELP ME!! Any other skiers riding on Dogens?
post #2 of 16
I was seriously considering buying a new pair that was recently on ebay. I did a google search for reviews, and basically, the reports said the construction quality was poor, which is unusual for Volkl skiis. Apparently the top sheet chipped easily, and in one case, after the skier used them for about 5 days, the skiis started falling apart and delaminated.

The skiis did not sell in that ebay auction, and I think they are still available. I thought that the bindings on park skiis should be centre-mounted for balance, so you should take them to a knowledgeable ski shop to be checked out.
post #3 of 16
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I bought them from a knowledable ski shop and that was how they were mounted. I was just looking at reviews, and these skis are rated on average a 2 out of 5 and they are also listed as advanced-expert (which I'm not). I think I may have made a mistake.

PS: I messed up. They're 07's, not 06's, as I said before.
post #4 of 16
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I think I may have made a mistake.
Nah, you'll be fine. A center-mounted ski is only good in the park. If you're planning on using them elsewhere, they will perform a lot better with a more traditional mounting position.

Oh, and no, they are not expert-only skis.
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Nah, you'll be fine. A center-mounted ski is only good in the park. If you're planning on using them elsewhere, they will perform a lot better with a more traditional mounting position.

Oh, and no, they are not expert-only skis.
Well, the unfortunate thing for me is that I bought them to be park skis. I already own a pair of all-mountain skis. The main reason I bought them was to slide rails and go HUGE off the hits. I'm still not sure if I made the right decision.
post #6 of 16
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Well, the unfortunate thing for me is that I bought them to be park skis.
In that case, why don't you just get the bindings remounted?
post #7 of 16
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What would that do to the skis? Would I have to get them redrilled? Would that damage the skis?
post #8 of 16
Redrilled - yes, damaged - no (unless they have been redrilled more than twice before).
post #9 of 16
"Construction quality was poor." Wonder how well these skis will hold up under park/pike useage.
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"Construction quality was poor." Wonder how well these skis will hold up under park/pike useage.
Well, I guess the only way to find out if they are pieces of crap is to use them, but unfortunately, I'm still waiting for snow.
post #11 of 16
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I did a google search for reviews, and basically, the reports said the construction quality was poor, which is unusual for Volkl skiis. Apparently the top sheet chipped easily, and in one case, after the skier used them for about 5 days, the skiis started falling apart and delaminated.
FWIW, I had a pair of Volkl Karmas that had the same topsheet chip problem. It got so bad that the topsheet started peeling off in 6 inch long, ski wide sections. Volkl was pretty cool though, I sent the skis back and they replaced them with a brand new pair, no questions asked.
post #12 of 16
The Dogen is an excellent ski for you. There is a problem with chipping on the top sheet but I can tell you that my 12 year old is very hard on his gear and they held up fine. Mounting in the normal position as opposed to center is prob preferable if your just starting out
post #13 of 16
I've been skiing park for a few years and non-centre mounted skis wont be a problem.. i use non-centre mounted skis because i don't like centre mounts in the pipe but they work fine on rails and big hits..
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So what's the final verdict on this ski? I was looking for a twin tip ski for the east, though i'm not really spending anytime in the park with it...I spend most of my time in the tree's or chassing down the dimonds at killington, VT. I was looking for a twin tip 80 underfoot for icecoast days, I'm using a 90 underfoot for powder days. Let me know what your final thoughts were on this ski

post #15 of 16

They don't make these any more.  Moot point.

post #16 of 16
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"Construction quality was poor." Wonder how well these skis will hold up under park/pike useage.

 

One of the better park rats I know rides a pair of the green Dogens - they look a bit shabby after 3(?) years use but are basically sound. No obvious construction/quality issues. A lot better than the guy on the K2 Extremes which are all chewed to buggery after half a season!

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