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post #31 of 51
Thread Starter 

One other thing, the Kuro demo had the Marker Duke bindings on them.

post #32 of 51

Nice choice.  Awesome you were able to find them to demo.  You may find some difficulty finding a deal on them or finding them at all.  They were in extreme short supply this year.

post #33 of 51

Always great when you find that perfect ski. 

 

 

There are some Kuro around but no real good deals yet.    Give how bad this year has been, local shops might give you the best deal.  Particularly, if you are also getting binding from them.  It should be fun shopping.

post #34 of 51

Always great when you find that perfect ski. 

 

 

There are some Kuro around but no real good deals yet.    Give how bad this year has been, local shops might give you the best deal.  Particularly, if you are also getting binding from them.  It should be fun shopping.

post #35 of 51

Always great when you find that perfect ski. 

 

 

There are some Kuro around but no real good deals yet.    Give how bad this year has been, local shops might give you the best deal.  Particularly, if you are also getting binding from them.  It should be fun shopping.

post #36 of 51

Always great when you find that perfect ski. 

 

 

There are some Kuro around but no real good deals yet.    Give how bad this year has been, local shops might give you the best deal.  Particularly, if you are also getting binding from them.  It should be fun shopping.

post #37 of 51
Thread Starter 

One other question guys - what binding will fit something this wide?  When I I demo'd them they had dukes on and the brake wouldn't go down as the ski was so wide.

 

Thanks again for all of your help.

post #38 of 51

You can put the Dukes on, or should put the Dukes on, as they are designed for a wide ski. The wide contact points on the binding, give you superior edge control on wider skis.

 

As far as the brakes, they do make a brake wide enough for the Kuru, but it is special order. Make sure that you request it. Wholesale on the part is 60.00, so it'll cost you an extra 100.00. If the price is too much, drop to a Jester. It'll save you the $$$ but it is not a touring binding.

 

quote from marker

 

"new extra-wide pad to give the mid-range Freeskiing bindings the best possible energy transmission for wider skis."


Edited by hossnphefer - 2/9/2009 at 09:49 pm
post #39 of 51
Thread Starter 

Ok so my will power couldn't last when SierraSkis put these on sale for 50% off this week. 

 

I ordered them yesterday and amazingly they arrived today - awesome service.  I also got a deal on the Dukes locally and had them mounted this afternoon with the big brakes.

 

I'm off to Squaw to break these babies in tomorrow and given this ski's history I'll probably chip the crap out of the edges while I'm at it, but at least I'll get it over with!  :)

 

post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by crazymick View Post

 

 

I'm off to Squaw to break these babies in tomorrow and given this ski's history I'll probably chip the crap out of the edges while I'm at it, but at least I'll get it over with!  :)

 

 Nice work.  Try skiing them with wide, athletic stance.  Your topsheets will thank you.

post #41 of 51

Have fun with the new sticks.

 

I will be at Alpine Friday thru Monday.

post #42 of 51
Thread Starter 

Storm, 4 days in a row - nice.  Looking at the forecast, there should be ample snow

 

Unfortunately my wife is out of town this weekend so other than Mt Rose with the kids (always fun, but less adrenaline), I'll be somewhat grounded.

 

Magnus, I'll try the Athletic stance but old habits are hard to break, particularly in tight spaces and sometimes in the trees I have to turn my hips just to fit (large ass).  Hopefully I can adapt.

post #43 of 51
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post

 

i ride a 188cm Lib Tech NAS Freeride as my every day ski. It has a waist of 93/99 (it has Magnetraction, so the waist width varies). it's a solid all-arounder that seems pretty decent in most conditions, not terribly unlike a Mantra (but with a bit more side cut).
 

 So how is the Magnetraction on firm snow?  Also, I take it on ice it's not so good?

post #44 of 51
Thread Starter 

One last Ironic post - Thursday at Squaw was awesome and a foot of fresh was perfect to baptize these skis.  We were all over the place; KT, Headwall, Siberia, Granite Chief with some stashes waist deep - at least for the others, for me more like shin deep  .  The Kuros ripped! 

 

Now to the ironic part - went to Mt Rose yesterday with the kids and ran into a buddy mid-morning who had caught first tracks.  He convinced me to hit the chutes while he took the kids for a loop.  So into Yellow Jacket I went.  Two turns down I had to cut hard to avoid a kid who burst out of the trees and got hung up on some rocks (I could have sworn it was snow ) lost momentum and did a cartwheel over the ledge and caught my ribs on the rocks on the way over.  Skiied out, did a few runs with the kids (didn't want to spoil their day).  Emergency room confirmed last night that I broke a rib.  Now I'm done for a few weeks (maybe - that was the Doc's opinion).  At least the meds are good - pretty colors on the Daytona 500 cars today.

 

Looking at the bright side it was the Mantras the rocks tore the ass out of not the brand new Kuros! 

post #45 of 51
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Originally Posted by hossnphefer View Post

 

One more thing. If you are thinking on getting a fat ski, in the volkl line up. You might want to do it this year. Next season, everything north of the Mantra will be a reverse camber,

 

 

What does that tell you? 

 

The Kuros would be a sweet addition!!! Good catch. 

post #46 of 51

crazymick sorry to hear about the injury.

 

heal up quick.

post #47 of 51

Ouch, sorry to hear about the ribs.  I've always said the most dangerous thing about skiing is other people.  Not sure I could even fit a pair of Kuros into the entrance of Yellowjacket, especially if someone has made some tiny little icy bumps with their tiny little skis.  Just as well you were using your Mantras.  Let me know when you're well enough to head down to Kirkwood again, I'd be interested in checking out your Kuros (or you could loan them to me while you recuperate ).


Edited by Cold Smoke - 2/20/2009 at 01:11 am
post #48 of 51
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. 

 

Funnily enough Smoke, you're not the first to make that offer, but there's a line.

 

post #49 of 51
Another vote for Kuro's. I was skiing in Engelberg and Andermatt (Switzerland) for the last 2 days and tried the Salomon Rocker, Line Prophet 130, movement Goliath & Sluff, Nordica Jah Love. The Kuro's are probably the ugliest of the lot and were scratched to shit but were sensational to ski on in the powder. I ski last years dyna LP in 186 but am now itching to add a Kuro for powder days! I honestly can't imagine skiing can feel any better than that....
post #50 of 51

I am 6'2", and 235 and have been riding the Katana now for two years.  I started with the Mantra and found that if I stay on the groom and shallow powder they were fine.  Since I began using the Katana's (190) I have found they work best in all conditions.  Skiing the trees of Moran Woods at Jackson Hole, or the North tree lines off of HIgh Rustler at Alta they have been the overall best ski.

 

They also hold a great edge on the groomers so for me they have been the best overall ski the past two seasons. Demo a pair and see what you think

post #51 of 51

hey cold smoke.  i have been skiing on my 09 gotama's at kirkwood only on the pow days.  i started to find they struggle in the lower heavy and chopped up deep tracked out stuff

especially at the bottom of runs like cornice in the main drag.  break through crust over pow not good either.  otherwise nice rig.  i am looking for something new and saw the tahoe made ski

ninthward tha 187 which they claim is the best powder ski in the world and gold medal powder mag.  any thoughts about the condition i am talking or that ski, the gotama or any other?

 

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