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My first pair were the GT version as well, only they were the dark blue. I think that was the first year of that model. Kahru did have one other XCD that year that was the downhill version. In 1984, they came out with a softer, fatter model as well. It was a darkish green(?), and I recall the GT was white that year.


Yes, the GT was a XC cut compared to the other two models. I went that route as I was using the skis to access mountains that hadn't ever been skied, and probably weren't again until the helicopters started flying up there. The problem with the GT was that the camber underfoot was impossible to bend; hell, the ski stood 1.5 inches underfoot. Of course, we really only knew the old school telemark technique back then. I had to do some crazy hop turning to get down some of the chutes. Hop turn to bended knee, and hope you could hang on.


Personally, I like my equipment to be easy enough to ski on that I survive and burly enough for the equipment to survive. I have memories of a 6 mile ski back on the Harding icefield with one ski snapped in half. Of course, in those days, we were thrilled to have metal edges at all, and some of us could even afford Pieps. If you had money for that, you prbably had money for those new fangled leather boots with the plastic cuff that went around the ankle, instead of the Merrill singles. I still have my knotted avalanche cord, though.




Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

XCD weren't really XC skis. The D stands for downhill. I had the white ones, XCD GT. I think they were more like XC skis compared to the other XCD model (models?). Mine had smooth bases, not the waxless version. The most challenging runs I skied with them were Paint Brush  and one of the Expert Chutes at Jackson Hole.


I did like the fact that my equipment made skiing more challenging. Sort of the same attitude that people who insist on using piste skis for powder have, I suppose. Some like skiing to be as easy as possible and some do not.








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I'm going to count you as one who doesn't want his skiing experience to be as easy as possible. Alpine touring gear existed back then, as did chairlifts and backcountry routes that weren't extreme first descents. And you did choose the GT instead of the regular XCD. :D


I've never done any ski mountaineering. I bought the GTs and Asolo single boots with the idea of playing around on the local hill and doing some XC skiing with them as well.


Are you saying the XCD and XCD GT were same width, and later a third model the green one was fatter than the other two? You've helped jog my memory and I believe there were three models when I bought my waxable GTs. The others were the waxless GTs and the green (Telemark) ski. I Google searched for info and apparently the XCD GT was in production up to 2006 and perhaps ives on as a Madshus model, both brands owned by the conglomerate that owns K2 brand. It's described as between XC and Telemark, by virtue of the metal edge rather than it's shape, I suppose.

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