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JG30 wrote an answer about on February 28, 2011

The 187s are just over 10 pounds, but the dukes are very heavy bindings. The combo works for me. I have done some easy to moderate backcountry tours and have been comfortable enough that I would like to try something more challenging. At the same time, I am not much of a hiker at all, so I don't have much to compare this setup to. Its on par with my wife's gotama's with barons, but more fun on the way down!

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JG30 wrote a review of on February 20, 2011

4 5

I use these on liberty genomes (141 waist, 170 shovel) with marker dukes, so obviously I didn't get them to cut back on weight. I give them 4 stars because they do an adequate job as far as I'm concerned. I find that they slip on a very high angle track that is well-packed, but any skin has to have a "slipping point". I think my experience with these is better than most other reviewers because I just didn't have to trim much of the skin at all to fit to the genomes. The skinnier your skis are, the more of the actual skin you have to trim since it is on the outside edges. So, if you have the fattest of the fat skis, this might be a good skin. If you have average width fat skis, you may end up trimming away too much skin and losing precious grip.

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JG30 wrote a review of on January 9, 2011

5 5

I had last years rampage, but found it to be too soft so I upgraded to the Pro I.D. This is by far the best fitting and best performing boot I have ever worn. They really feel great everywhere from the park, jumping cliffs, to flying down steep powder lines, or bumps. My shins feel great even after a rough icy landing. The intuition liner is not soft at all, but feels perfect after heat molding and seems like it adds power transfer from my feet. I have the white B flex tongue, 4mm forward lean wedge, forward flex insert in top position, landing gear boot board. I where 25.5, I'm 5'7", 160 lbs. It took me 8 days of riding over two weeks to tweak the fit to perfection, but it is absolutely perfect now. The available adjustments (flex, lean, canting) are really simple but implemented very effectively into the design. I'm confident almost anyone can achieve a custom fit with kryptons. And for the high level of comfort, the perfomance of the Pro I.D. is hands down the best for a boot that feels so great on my feet (although I have never tried similar three buckle style boots like those from Full Tilt). They were a bit expensive for me, but I won't be needing anything else for at least a few seasons.

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JG30 wrote a review of on December 20, 2010

5 5

I bought the genomes this season as my designated powder ski. I got 187's and mounted them with marker dukes (small). I live in SLC, UT and ski mainly at Alta. I am 5'7", 160 lbs.,dalbello krypton pro (25.5), like to push the throttle all the way most of the time when I ride.

I have taken the genomes out four times this season, and they are straight up money. Float and stability are off the charts. If you want to rip some hollywoods, you should seriously consider these boards. They are super wide in the waist (and everywhere else), they have tons of rocker at both ends, and are sturdy enough to keep you on your feet when things get out of hand.They handle surprisingly well in non-powder conditions. I am able to carve it up on crusty hardpack and make it through bumps, although I can't keep it up for long. I'm not a huge guy and it takes alot out of me to push these around, but it can be done. Skis do what you make em do right? I have definitely been bucked around by my genomes. I find that the flex under foot is pretty stiff.

I was able to demo last years genomes (189) at Brighton. They have them mounted with boot center in front of the "dead center" reference line. I played around with the position and found that they were right to mount them there. I was told by the head demo guy that the reference lines on the genomes are based solely on the sidecut, and position is not ideal. So, I have mine mounted with boot center about two centimeters forward of the dead center reference line. There is alot more ski in front of the binding than behind it. I think the manufacturer made an error with the reference lines.

I recommend these to anyone who can already handle a burly ski, and plans to ski alot of powder with ruthless aggression. I would not suggest the genomes as a first rockered or fat ski. If you are already comfortable on something with reverse camber and at least 110 waist, then go for it.

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JG30

JG30 wrote a review of on September 17, 2010

5 5

I own the 09/10 chopsticks. It is not my first reverse camber powder ski. My opinion is that this ski and the K2 hellbents are polar opposites, as far as feel goes. The chopsticks rip through every condition. The thing that amazes me the most about the chopsticks is how well they perform on groomers, considering the waist width. They are, of course, best in deep powder. I have done a few straight lines over giant bumps, and the chopsticks felt very stable! I am baffled by anyone who can accuse these skis of performing like a noodle and then offer the hellbents as a better alternative! The bottom line is that the chopsticks will perform best for you if you have a very "forceful" style, where you push your skis around rather then relying on them to make turns feel easy. They have made me feel much more stable during straight lines and cliff drops. I feel like they force me to stand up if I land in the back seat. My advice: demo and decide for yourself. I think that Volkl meant for this to be a jib ski.

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