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post #31 of 41
I also ski the 175's. At my hgt and wgt  (6', 200lbs) Maybe I would prefer the longer 185 but these skis in a 175 are SWEET. They are SO MUCH fun that they wooed me away from Tele and back into alpine. You can carve arcs in the pow like a cover magazine snowboarder on every turn. They ROCK in the trees and powder bumps have NEVER been this fun EVER!

In 3" they are okay, but in 5" or more I don't even think about using my other skis or Tele ( that's coming from someone who loves to Tele )..........Wait till you try them..........I couldn't make it down the slopes because I was laughing too hard!!! These things are INSANE and I'm just counting the days till our first real powder day here in the east.............the feeling these Kuros give is inexpressible in words ( rhymes with "Rex"! ).........I haven't tried other rockered powder boards but would love to compare..............also with the Kuros hardpack is not out of their comfort zone.......challenging, but they can get you back to the lift and across traverses........Eastern Ice, don't even think about it with these skis....obviously not their territory
Edited by Yo Momma - 11/18/09 at 10:38am
post #32 of 41

Nice ski...I finally tried them in 12" powder.  They are FAST! 

To me they are a one-purpose ski.  They are amazing in pristine powder.

Once the snow got chopped up, the skis bounced all over the place, and sometimes got ahead of me.  They hate hard snow as well.  True, they handle just enough to get back to the chairlift.  But any small mogul will throw the skis all over the place.

Outside of powder, the skis don't turn nimbly.  They aren't great in tight trees or cliffs.  Given that they are better in open terrain, I think I'd prefer them in 185 not 175.

 

The skis feel awfully heavy and hard to turn in chopped snow and are really heavy for hiking.  Perhaps it's my bindings?  I'm using Salomon STH 14s; should I replace them?

post #33 of 41

Woofcyn,

Wait till you get some more days on them. I had the same impressions as you the 1st few times out on them. It does take some time to get them fully dialed in, but once you do, you wont look back. I'll be rocking the Kuro's in this next storm cycle. I havent skied any other ski that performs like the Kuro's do in pow. So fun & playful 

post #34 of 41
Hey Wizard,

I met someone who has last year's Kuro 175.  He was taller and heavier than me but still preferred them in 175.  He skis 100+ days on them.  He said to try not to carve and to slow down when they bounce around.  I didn't ask him about the ski weight issue, though.  I'll try them again when I get another snow storm.
post #35 of 41
A couple of things that took getting used to on the Kuros was the speed that they like to travel at in pow. They plane up & on top so easily that they can be a bit un-nerving when you're not used to traveling at such speeds in pow. You just have to have confidence in the ski & know that you wont be going over the handle bars or hooking your tips unexpectedly.

The other thing is carving on the groomers. They dont handle like a traditional ski, so if you try to drive the tips, it's going to feel weird. They work best when you stay centered & roll them over. I've only got about 20days on mine but love them more & more everytime I get out on them. 
post #36 of 41
The kuro's can be laid down on groomers pretty well as long as it is not too hard pack. There is definitely a speed limit on groomers but not as low as you would think.

It is a quiver ski. No doubt. I love them, best ski ever made, as long as you have another ski to go with them. :)

However, in the powder, they are very versatile, fast, slow, carve, jump turn, huck, bomb, what ever you want, they do. 

Soft groomers, they rip, ton of fun. 

The kuro's biggest weakness is that they are very hard to ski variable hard pack/soft conditions. TERRIBLE.
Example, 6 inches of snow fell over ice and the snow starts to get pushed around so you have to transition from ice to soft to ice to soft. In order to get these things to grip on hard pack, you really have to put them on edge, more than a standard All mountain ski which is impossible to do (at least for me) in this type of condition.  
post #37 of 41
I skied them on a powder day today.  They are amazing on pristine powder conditions.  I still find that they bounce around a lot on bumps and feel unstable.  My take so far is that they like smooth surfaces and deep powder.

Moguls are fine provided they are filled with powder.  Once people push the snow around, they lose control.  They are also unstable while traversing a mountain that has bumps and hard snow or ice.

I'm not sure if they are ideal for hiking or backcountry either.  They are heavy!  Sidestepping or carrying them on my shoulder has been inconvenient.
post #38 of 41

I am receiving a store credit for my defective Salomon STH 14 bindings that had prerelease problems (I posted the problems at the STH 14 forum).  Should I replace them with Marker bindings?  If so, which one?  Hopefully they are lighter than the STH 14s as the Kuros are HEAVY!  I heard the Griffons have more plastic than the Jester and may be less durable.

 

Since it's a store credit, I can replace the bindings with any model that fit the Kuros, so I'm open to other manufacturers as well.

 

I'm 5'8", 140-150 lbs...


Edited by woofcyn - 7/9/10 at 7:48am
post #39 of 41

I only have a few days on mine, but I started a thread asking for the best binding for Kuros (http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/94370/bindings-for-volkl-kuro#post_1223730) a while back, and the Marker Jester received great feedback. However, I finally went with the Look PX15 Race binding and was able to bend the 120 cm brakes to work. Actually started two threads, and here's the one that is in the Forum area (http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/94460/bindings-for-volkl-kuro#post_1224432).

 

At the end of the day, it was price, the fact you can put them back on in deep powder without having to step down on the ski, and the good reviews that the Looks get here on this forum that made the decision. So far so good, but the only releases I have had (two) were at the toe. The first was just coming in fast to a stop before the lift line and they shouldn't have come off and the second, after I tightened the DIN down a bit, was in deep stuff and I wish they would have come off a bit earlier (knee hurts a little). Don't think either was the binding's fault, and was due to an improper DIN setting on my part. Since price isn't an issue for you, you might want to go with the Jesters, but I think you would be happy with either one.

post #40 of 41

Any thoughts on the Rossi FKS 140 versus Marker Jesters?  I'm told the former is lighter and more durable.  I'll wait for the new season bindings as my store doesn't have any bindings currently in stock.

 

AndesRider, not having to step down on the ski in powder is a very nice feature!  I'm not sure if my technician can make 120 brakes fit 132 underfoot though.

post #41 of 41

The FKS 140 wins hands down:  Better elastic travel;  Proven Burly design; Better resale value.  The last is important  because jesters are overpriced and used fall quite a bit.  However, the FKS were made last year in fairly limited quantities and not carried by many shops.  If you shop can get you these, stop thinking about it.

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