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post #1 of 27
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Has anyone demo'ed the 2009 Palmer PO2, it looks like the sidecut has changed this year? Where can these be purchased for a reasonable price, I don't see any dealers in the Mid-West?
post #2 of 27
I skied for Palmer in 2000/2001... BEFORE they started producing skis! Now figure that one out!!
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Hi Buckwild...myself and some other folks skied both the 07-08 and 08-09 Palmer P02s....although not in the same sizes each year, so I don't quite know if the geometry has changed for the same lengths for each model year. Palmer does alter the geometry for each length to get the same "effect", so it's a little hard to compare. Everyone we got to try the P02s was stoked on how easily they carved and how sweet the turn sensation was. Some reviews here. Some reviews here on Epic. Another set of comments from Epic here. I personally would like to own a pair for those squeeky-snow carving days. Really low degree of effort required to get a great carve shape at nearly any speed below race-pace. Excellent feel for the snow. Fun stuff.
post #4 of 27
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Sounds like a great ski for the Mid-West! Can you recommend any Palmer dealers, I'm not aware of any in Minnesota?
post #5 of 27
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I see the Palmer website has changed the spec's of the PO2 again. They're now showing the longer length as 172 (same as last years), I thought the long ski this year was a 171? Still can't find a Palmer ski dealer, even on their site?
post #6 of 27
The Palmer site has a dealer locator feature at:

http://www.palmerproject.com/palmer08/en/dealers/

It shows a bunch...maybe one near you?


Try emailing:

tbone - "AT" - palmerproject.com

He might be able to help find a dealer close to home?
post #7 of 27
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I checked their dealer locator earlier, its not up to date. The ones that are still in operation are just snowboard dealers.
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I asked Palmer to send an updated list of ski dealers for 08-09 to help people find a shop to demo or buy their skis since folks have been having a hard time finding them...Palmer said they are looking at some other ways to link the shops with on-line product finders too so people can find a dealer near home. Updates to the dealer list on their site were promised too...

This might help...looks like they have dealers in

MI
MN
MT
WI

28k PDF HERE
post #10 of 27
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Thanks, I've never heard of the guy in Minnesota, must be a Rep? I'll check it out, I've also got a Palmer snowboard dealer trying to find me a pair.
post #11 of 27
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I bought a pair of 08/09 Palmer P02's today at a swap meet, they were the Rep's demo's. The ski's are like new and only cost me $399 with bindings! I can't wait to try them, it was lucky to find them!
post #12 of 27
Scurvy Dog....

I will give you $400 for them and pay for shipping.....

I think you will like them if you dig carving tools...if you don't like them for any reason....let me know and I would take them off your hands...!
post #13 of 27
yOU where the one I looked at them didn't like the bindings, when away for a sec came back to buy they where gone damm
post #14 of 27
I am real tempted to pick p a pair of these after all the good things I have read about them. What would the optimum binding set up be on these bad boys?
post #15 of 27
Kinda puzzles me that the only two dealers in Michigan are down in the Detroit Metro area, and not up here in ski country.
post #16 of 27
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There were some great deals at the Afton swap, I regret not buying the 09 Head im78's.
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post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
...What would the optimum binding set up be on these bad boys?
Kinda depends on the "feel" you want underfoot. I have only skied the demo Tyrolias on last year's and this year's, but because the ski is sensitive and gives pretty detailed feedback, I wouldn't "over stack" it like a race ski. I like the feeling of this one underfoot when your sole is close to the surface. Too much plate might deaden this ski's sweet spot...kinda like driving a racing car with workboots on (if that makes any sense...). IMHO, keep your binders close to the ski for this one. If it's got already got the plate, pick a low-rise binder. If not...go with a low-rise plate/binder combo. Someone else might tell me to go jump in a lake about this, but there you have it....
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by ExoticSkis View Post
Kinda depends on the "feel" you want underfoot. I have only skied the demo Tyrolias on last year's and this year's, but because the ski is sensitive and gives pretty detailed feedback, I wouldn't "over stack" it like a race ski. I like the feeling of this one underfoot when your sole is close to the surface. Too much plate might deaden this ski's sweet spot...kinda like driving a racing car with workboots on (if that makes any sense...). IMHO, keep your binders close to the ski for this one. If it's got already got the plate, pick a low-rise binder. If not...go with a low-rise plate/binder combo. Someone else might tell me to go jump in a lake about this, but there you have it....
I trust your judgment here. So, the Speedlocks like what is on the Spoilts aren't suggested .

Maybe something like a railflex that you can move back and forth a bit w/o adding a lot of height or weight?
post #20 of 27
Railflex would be just fine I think...I think a race-like VIST plate (even the civilian version on the Spoilts we had at Sugarbush) might smother the nice feel of the Palmer P02. Besides...the railflex might be cheaper !

Cheers
post #21 of 27
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Does anyone know what the factory tune is on the PO2's?
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post #23 of 27
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Finally got a chance to try these out! It took a few runs to get the feel for them but once I did they rocked. Definately must be skied new school, effortless short radius turns at high speeds. Also very stable, great edge grip, high fun factor, a light feeling thrill ride. You do need to stay alert and not slack off! As much as I liked them I need to reduce the quiver, if anyone is interested in a great deal on some great skis PM me.
post #24 of 27

Interested

Hey Buckwild
Interested in your skis but can't PM yet-let me know if you're selling, details on bindings and price.
Thanks
post #25 of 27
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Haven't listed yet but selling, have a couple of interested parties already. Bindings are Tyrolia 120 demo bindings (standard on this ski).
post #26 of 27

Thought i try and revive this thread. Any users of the p01 or p02 out there that care to comment.  Im leaning towards the "indie" models lately

post #27 of 27

We can get our hands on a pair of 171 P02 carvers for demo if anyone wants to try a pair. Currently located in Vermont.  PM me if interested.....

 

As a sidenote...it appears Kessler licensed the design to Head for production under the Palmer name.
I met Hansjürg Kessler as ISPO this year...very dedicated and passionate snowboard and ski shaper. Serious carving snowboards and skis.

 

Lots of indie skis out there...just look around!
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