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post #31 of 42
Me: 5'7", 140, decent skier in WA.
I got these after finally giving up hope of ever truly liking my 173 Teledaddies (the black ones) mounted with Dukes. The Teles are definitely crud busters and can hold a good edge on hardpack, but they were too planky and dead for me. You had to be hauling ass constantly to get them to even vaguely come alive. I ski reasonably fast, but like to be able to make shorter radius turns as well, especially in sidecountry/BC.
In the 3 days I've skied them, the Coomba looks to be the everyday ski I was looking for. They're obviously softer, especially in the tip, but the loss of dampness there is more than made up for by being able to effectively pressure the forebody of the ski and have it react, not just take off in a straight line.

Skied these on hard, sometimes icy groomers and was able to rail as fast as I wanted with only limited instability (excellent considering my boots are MegaRides). They blasted through the granular stuff I sought out.

Haven't been able to give them the full power/crud treatment, but the 500 vf feet of dense pow and then about 500 more of crud I skied several times was fantastic. Smooth, energetic and fun. I could actually feel the snow/terrain in these rather than numbly smashing everything.

Very easy to turn in any shape. Love 'em.

Definitely considering Dynafits for these, but am not quite ready to completely ditch the alpine boots...yet (other setup is Dyanfit). Would make and excellent touring rig, but too much fun for me to not ski everyday.
post #32 of 42
Was made aware that I didn't mention I'm riding the 174. Skied these in a ton of pow/crud this weekend, and once I remembered to put my AT boots in ski mode (Ugh), they were great. Much better in crud than I expected, though it was pretty soft crud.
post #33 of 42
Do the coomba's handle high speed crud and rough soft goomers? Or do the tips bounce flop like noodles. Been skiing nordica beast 188's For awhile. But powder only ski can't stand the things any where else. Tips to soft.
post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by energyrail View Post
Do the coomba's handle high speed crud and rough soft goomers? Or do the tips bounce flop like noodles. Been skiing nordica beast 188's For awhile. But powder only ski can't stand the things any where else. Tips to soft.
The low-profile tip and slow rise is a killer shape for crud. I liked the 09 a lot in crud.
post #35 of 42
are they any where near as stiff as a dynastar pro rider, or pro rider xxl. That's kind of what I want but the store in town I should support more, has only k2, salomon, line, armada and rossi.
post #36 of 42
it was much quieter in the crud than my '03 goat. But... pretty much everything is.
post #37 of 42
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Originally Posted by energyrail View Post
are they any where near as stiff as a dynastar pro rider, or pro rider xxl.
No. Good thing for me. The tips will definitely move a bit while maching crud, but it doesn't feel unstable because of it. After all, people are blasting all over the place in reverse camber skis that flap like nobody's business.
post #38 of 42
The Coomba is the best ski I could find. Tried it against the Pure, the Goat. Had been using BD Havocs, another great ski, but mine were looking a little secondhand....you ski in Verbier you hit a lot of rocks.... Anyway the Coomba, its the most intuitive ski I have ever ridden.
post #39 of 42
skunkfromverbier and samurai:
Any thoughts about Coomba length for a lightweight. I'm 5'5", 130lbs, level 8 skier, and my current powder ski is the 174cm K2 AK Launcher (which is actually 2-3cm shorter than the Coombas). I'm concerned that 174cm's might too long, but Alpandy is only a bit bigger than me and found the 174's to be just right.
Thanks!
post #40 of 42
I don't think they'll be too long at 174.
post #41 of 42
Do they still have the softish first gen. flex or did they stiffen them up meanwhile?
Just curious.
post #42 of 42
No change.
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