Just spent several back to back days on my Kuro's in deep pow conditions. They absolutely kill it in the pow. Very playful & easy to turn despite it's massive dimensions. They are full continuous rocker with no flat spot, but a very low rise. This is my 1st experience with a rockered ski & I can see why they are they preferred weapon of choice for deep pow. No such thing as tip dip, no hookiness, any turn shape, any speed. Just an unbelievable powder board!
Now take them on the firm packed snow and whoa! It's almost impossible to get them up on edge. The rocker feels like it's working against you. You can't lay it over & just carve it like a traditional camber ski. Smearing & pivoting sort of works but it feels more like a survival game to get down the hill.
Are full rockered skis really that difficult to handle on the packed snow or is there something I'm missing. Or is that just the compromise I need to make to for soft snow performance?
Other fatties I've skied which do not exhibit these characteristics: Gotama, Katana, Obsethed. However these are more tradiitional camber or zero camber.
Edited by wizard - 3/22/2009 at 03:47 am