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The Cats Pajamas

I was lucky enough to help in testing and tweaking this version of the Influence 115, and they are far and away the best of the skis I've been on in the last...well, ever. You can read the details in the description, or what the product video on Line's site...but know that these are remarkably playful skis with some badass roots. I would say if you sent Pollard's Opus to the gym all fall and had it listen to Rage Against the Machine, the result at the end of November would be the new Influence 115. Ready to destroy the mountain (if necessary) but equally fun to shred even if the mountain isn't covered in fresh.

The Cats Pajamas
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Andrew, I picked a pair of these up and Im SUPER pumped for them!!! I got the 179 and mounted +1. Did I make a mistake or will I be fine with that mount? I did it for the swing weight but I dont want it to effect the floatablity and skiing performance. I havent skied on them yet, should I wait and see how they feel at that mount?

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I would wait and ski- I think you're going to be just fine with them +1. The swing weight was already decreased in this version over previous years, but if you prefer any of these: a) a more centered stance b) tight situations c)spinning/skiing switch, you're golden. Think snow!

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Thanks Andrew! I think Ill like it there then. You dont think it will effect the float in the pow? Ive been thinking snow for a loooooong time!

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Sorry for all the questions but since the tail is stiffer for the directional flex, would that mount mess up how the flex feels on the ski? or is 1cm not going to be significant enough to feel different flex.

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Zerp, in my personal opinion, the 1cm won't adversely change how the ski flexes, and they definitely won't have any trouble floating. I recommend you find a carpeted floor in front of a screen and start watching ski movies while standing in your boots, clicked into your skis!

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Oh... Trust me I do already! haha Thanks for the advise really appreciate it. Oh also saw your interview with SkiGear TV. Solid interview, wise words. Got me even more excited for snow!

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How far from the true centrer of a ski is mound yours?

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what is the difference between this year's ski and last year's ski?

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quick question Andrew, me 5'5" / 150 currently skiing Prophet 98 @ 172, would the 115 179 be a good size or too short? I can't demo, though I did ski the Opus 178 and love it, but didn't like flopping tail on variable conditions. So thinking the Influence might be the ticket. Bigger mountain I ski regularly is Sun Valley. Also any idea what's the actual tip to tail length on the 179 is? zerp100459, what's your stats? how the 179 is working for you?