Originally Posted by Jimski
Dawg and Bob,
Thanks! How does the Titan compare to this
year's Peak 78 (for which there may be good end-of-season deals in a couple months)? You guys have my number from previous threads: I'm looking for skis for Eastern hardpack, but not just for all-groomed-all-the-time -- i.e., capable of busting through crud, doing bumps and moguls, and OK in trees. One pair....
KERS=kinetic energy recovery system
Most of these work via the brakes in autos/trucks, storing rotational energy as electricity. The KERS chip gives the ski an added dimension over the Peak78 and 2 personalities:
1. it absorbs vibration in the tips (great for bad knees), effectively acting like a semi-active suspension, when you initiate a turn. If you're gentle, the KERS energy won't fire you out of the turn and will "bleed" away.
2. if you're a racer you can get a kick from the energy the KERS chip stored at turn initiation. As you move through the final phase of the turn the stiffer tail feel like an afterburner. The more you bend it at turn initiation, the stiffer the tail is for the final phase of the turn.
Maybe one of the coaches/instructors explained it better (I still have to catch up on this thread). I saw this in action at Whistler end of March. A friend spent a day on these instead of his Peak 78's and left the Peaks behind to get a pair of these new. He said he could really notice the KERS chip because of his bad knees. I'm really tempted too but I really want those Jimi110's for next year!
I can't remember what he said about the length, long/short. I'm 6', 190lbs and am on the 177cm Peak78. I found them a bit stiff in the bumps but I tend to avoid those for the most part. Off piste they're fine.
I live in Toronto, do most of my skiing in the east (Ontario, Quebec, New York) but skied 10 days at Whistler this year. The Peak78 was great one-ski quiver this year. I was thinking to go for a carver for next year, maybe a set of slalom skis for icy days but 5 days on powder at Whistler is pushing me to the Jimi110. I WILL buy a pair of Peak88's this summer if I see some dirt cheap, like the ski that much.
The Peak78 was fun in the powder too but I found I had to be perfectly balanced. I'd like the extra float so I can relax and have some fun - but that just means I am not good enough yet I guess .
If you think you can take advantage of the KERS chip or have bad knees go with the iTitan. Else this year's Peak should do you fine.