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So how to these Karhus compare with volkl...
So how to these Karhus compare with volkl skis. I've pretty much been a dedicated Volkl guy but I've been thinking about branching out and, frankly, don't really know where to go. Any advice?
I've been acquiring an AT set-up for the...
I've been acquiring an AT set-up for the last yr. and now all I need are the skis. I have BD Method boots, dynafit bindings and was considering the g3 saint or reverend, or the Karhu storm/storm BC. I would have already bought the saints, but I can't find my size anywhere anymore. (177 or so) I spend my ski time 1/2 BC and 1/2 resort. Any suggestions?
June 16, 2009
My last ski day was 3 weeks...
June 16, 2009
My last ski day was 3 weeks to a month back, but was still improving quite a bit. I have about 30 days on Teles, combining this & last year, after a hiatus of 17 years from skiing in general. I'm 6'2", 230#, and I have already figured I want a wider/ longer ski for next season & figured NOW is the time to get a deal on new skis. I looked at the Volkl Katana, but I think they're just too damned heavy & heard tele bindings have a tendency pull out of Volkl skis. I currently run Atomic Kailas 185CM, 88mm under foot (figured a good beginner tele-ski.) I was thinking about something like 105-111 mm underfoot, and perhaps something around 190cm in length, for back country/ powder as well as front side skiing. Also wanted something light that could still snap turns... Am I looking for something totally incongruent, or does that sound sane?
Or, do I just go with the bigger/ heavier ski? Don't really want the HEAVY ski though...
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Hey man, if I were you I'd go with the G3 El Hombres (http://www.backcountry.com/store/GGG0079/G3-el-Hombre-Alpine-Ski.html). They are light enough to tour, but stiff enough for a guy of your size. They like to go fast, but at your stage of telemarking you probably want a ski that you can grow into, and will improve your skiing. I'm 6'2" and had a pair of the 185s, which were perfect for me. They make a 192, but that's a pretty big ski for tele, even at your size and weight. Another note, if you weigh 230, don't buy Black Diamond O1s. The O1s aren't made for you. Period. I ripped out TWO pairs of O1s last season. I'd definitely buy a pair of 22 Designs Hammerheads which have a 6 screw pattern, making it virtually impossible to rip out.
You can also get the plain old Storm's and they have a bit more beef to them if you are worried. The BC's have such a great even flex with their wood core, that they would be an easy ski to shred on at your stage. But at your size, you might find them too soft, especially for resort pounding. Go with the storms!
I demoed these a few days last season and immediately bought a pair to replace my hippies. They are beefy enough to handle just about anything, great in powder, but are still able to make quick tight turns, especially in bumps. They are super light and great int eh BC.
I live in Utah. I'm looking for a tele...
I live in Utah. I'm looking for a tele ski primarily for lift serviced powder days. Wasatch powder is incredibly light so I'm trying to decide between the Storm and Storm BC. Using Scarpa T1 with BD 02 bindings and I weigh 175. Thanks
Hey man, I'd go fatter than 96mm... Especially if you'd like this to be a dedicated powder ski. These Karhus are made light for touring, but if you're going to be doing primarily resort skiing, you should get something fatter and heavier, it will help with downhill performance. Check out the K2 Anti Pistes, which I really dig, they have a little rocker in the tip, which really helps with tip dive... or if you are really looking for a pure powder vehicle, why not the BD Megawatts?
how good can you corner with these skis
how good can you corner with these skis
i own the pair myself, and it really depends on how you set the edge, what conditions the snow is, where you're skiing and what type of binding. the ski corners great in backocuntry conditions (which it's made for) especially the windblown powder. i have a BD 01 on the ski and is great for getting an edge in. Where it doesn't excel is on the resort, and bumpy high speed turning. (Great for going fast in bumpy crud) i hope that answers your question.
D Sterling,What binding would you suggest...
D Sterling,What binding would you suggest for either ski? My boots are Scarpa T2Xs. I have BD 01s on my work stinx and like them a lot. Thanks for any help.
Sorry I'm not D Sterling but I see no reason why you wouldn't be very happy with the O1's on these skis.
Trying to decide between the BD Havocs and...
Trying to decide between the BD Havocs and the Karhu Storm BC. Will be purely backcountry skiing in all snow conditions. Any suggestions?
Keith: Frankly both skis perform very well. I'd have to give the edge to the storm though. Reason being is that I found the storm to be more user friendly in a wider range of conditions than the Havoc. The storm does it all as far as the ski goes. When choosing either ski, pay close attention to which boot and binding combo to integrate into the ski or you'll be bummed...
I bought these ski's mostly for powder days out East and they performed better than expected. They blew threw the powder and were light and easy to turn in the bumps. I tried them out on the east's version of packed powder (icy conditions) and they performed excellent. Would recommend them to anyone who wants a high performance ski that is easy to turn and have fun with. No issues what so ever. Mounted a pair of 02's on them for nice driving power. EXCELLENT!!!!
Great in soft snow
Living in Vancouver this ski has been to Whis/Black, and various backcountry on the coast. This ski is fine groomers but a little soft for the icy sections. Hitting choppy snow it does a great job smoothing it out. In powder it is great. Also, when touring it floats very well and is so light that with the surface area/light weight, it might be easier going uphill than my xcountry skis. Good ski for those who rip it up in the backcounty. Since we haven't had much snow there hasn't been a chance to test them out on cliffs...yet.
I used to own a pair of Karhu Jak. Which...
I used to own a pair of Karhu Jak. Which ski is more comparable to the Jak: The Storm or the Storm BC? Thanks.
Scott. Here's the right answer to your question. The differance between the Jak and Jak BC is this: The Jak has a metal insert in the topsheet of the cap. This gives the ski higher performance in hard snow yet very user friendly for both on and off piste. The BC version has a carbon fiber insert in the cap which makes it lighter and therefore better for touring and fresh snow yet more difficult to stay on top of in hard snow conditions. Same holds true with the storm. If you like to lift assist and backcountry, I'd go with the Storm.>> I am a former Karhu rep and intimate with construction and performance. If you like a high performance set up that can do it all ( Alpine/tele turns and touring) pair the Storm with the Rottefella NTN and NTN boot from Scarpa. You'll never ride anything else again!DS