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Thread Starter 
57 yo canuck/in kiwiland envious of all you northern hemisphere people enjoying your snow. 3 months since our season finished in New Zealand and I am going through withdrawal  I just didn't get a big enough fix this year.
Can any of the Epic regulars give me any info pro or con on  the Flo Ski I have been to the wesite Does it have real merit of is it a bit of a gimmick like snow blades??
Looking to replace 10yr old Salomon X-Screams(190cm) and have been looking for a 60/40 or 7/30 groomed to ungroomed. I am a strong intermediate Like everyone else looking for that one ski tat will do everything and make us all J.C. Killy there does sthat daate me so be it OTHERWISE I would be looking for  K2 Recon / Elan Magfire around 180cm  Me 6'5" tall (196cm) Weight 220lbs(100kg) and most visited ski field is Turoa at  www.mtruapehu.com and the spring skiing I tend to do the most of is: groomed slopes where in the mornings just off can be extreme hard crust or icy and venturing with the Mt Hosts guided torurs off the groomed slopes but still in the patrolled grounds. Any and all comments welcomed ?? Philpug
Edited by casey9 - 1/27/10 at 12:00am
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I tried Flo Skis while at Snowmass Colorado this past March. I was not having a good time on the spring snow. Icy in the morning and messy in the afternoon. I demoed K2s and didn't care for them as much my Volkls. I was on a gondola and someone mentioned Flo Skis so I checked the website out that evening and based on the reviews decided I wanted to try them. The rep, Jason, who was excellent, came to Snowmass my last day. I didn't have much time, but we went to the top of Elk Camp and I had more fun those last few hours than I'd had all week. I'd had trouble skiing the run the day before because of the snow conditions, but even though the conditions were the same on the day I tried the Flo Skis, I had complete control and felt like my skiis were slicing through the crud. I was so thrilled with how they felt I purchased a pair as soon as I got home. The only disappointing part is that I have to wait several months to try them again. I will take my Volkls when I ski again, but am definatley starting with the Flo Skis. I know everyone has their own opinion, but I really did have a great experience and feel they definately do everything the website proclaims.

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Cindy thanks for your reply and I am interested as these skis seem to get mixed reviews!! The founder is quite passionate about extolling their virtues and others UNLIKE yourself willing to pass judgement on them untested. My problem is having to pull the trigger purchase and ship them without demo here in New Zealand. but I might be able to purchase ex-demo ones at a better price! thanks again!

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Out of curiosity, how did you happen to get interested in these?   Not exactly an everyday question.

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If I were you, I'd get the mainstream ski (there are better K2s out there than the Recon), and then, if you're really, really getting chattering, put the retrofit HDS onto the ski.   

 

The oil damping system does work, but it completely changes the feel of the ski, and, to my mind, makes them noxiously heavy in the shovel and sluggards in quick steering situations. 

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I purchased the demos after trialing them at Snowmass Colorado on our last day. Now 8 months forward, we just got snow and our local resort is open, so I couldn't wait to try the Flo Skis again. I'd only demoed them for a few hours and loved them at the time and was hoping to be just a thrilled 8 months later and I wasn't disappointed. I have never skied better. I was relaxed and my whole form and technique was in my opinion was one of the best on the slopes. I am fairly new to skiing in the last 5 years and typically have all the idiosyncrasies of a beginner/intermediate skier, but because of the confidence Flo skis give me, I stood up straight as I leaned forward into the next turn, no back seat position, and glided down the slope making perfect graceful arcs. The snow was wet and heavy, but the skis handled well. Love it. I don't do reviews because I am so busy, but I am passionate about skiing and the designer of these skis deserves his due credit. They have completely changed my experience on the slopes. I can't imagine anyone who has actually given these a try giving them a bad review. I often make my decision to purchase a product based on others' reviews, so I become frustrated when people waste my time reviewing a product they've never tried. We are going back to Snowmass this year and I plan to contact Adrian to see if he has anything new to demo. I currently have the 125s.

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Originally Posted by cindy4029 View Post

I can't imagine anyone who has actually given these a try giving them a bad review.

 

 

Haha.   You should have been there when my girlfriend was yelling to have her own skis back and cursing me for wasting her ski day.

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Stay tuned....we have been testing a pair of the 164cm Flo Skis....Look for a review in the next week or so!

Definitely thinking outside the box...


See the website at  http://floskis.com/
 

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i love the belly-dancer skiing video

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If I were you, I'd get the mainstream ski (there are better K2s out there than the Recon), and then, if you're really, really getting chattering, put the retrofit HDS onto the ski.

 

The oil damping system does work, but it completely changes the feel of the ski, and, to my mind, makes them noxiously heavy in the shovel and sluggards in quick steering situations.

 

 

 

Cantamuch  I think at the time I was just surfing the web saw them and then went to the home page The inventor is passionate but whether the Flo skis have merit beyond a certain level of expertise I don't  know Still looking to repace my 196cm Salomon XScreams, I got some 185cm on NZs version of ebay(trademe) but they were a let down in performance I didn't get the quicker turns I was looking for!! and 5 years later still looking!!

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On their website Floskis uses the familiar video of PSIA man making turns.  

This video was made by @Bob Barnes.  

Is Floskis doing that with his permission?

 

http://floskis.com/id28.html

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Originally Posted by casey9 View Post
 

 

Cantamuch  I think at the time I was just surfing the web saw them and then went to the home page The inventor is passionate but whether the Flo skis have merit beyond a certain level of expertise I don't  know Still looking to repace my 196cm Salomon XScreams, I got some 185cm on NZs version of ebay(trademe) but they were a let down in performance I didn't get the quicker turns I was looking for!! and 5 years later still looking!!

 

Fair enough, it's good to be curious.    It was ignorance really killed the cat - curiosity was framed.

 

You are in for a real treat with the modern stuff.    We are now at least five generations of ski development beyond the Xscream.


Edited by cantunamunch - 6/1/14 at 9:12am
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