Spokane, WA 5 ski hills
How are the votes going for Aura vs Samba this year so far? Any substantial reason to move away from this killer looking graphic for my wife vs the less flashy Samba? She had non rockered auras in the past and still has a non rockered kenja. She LOVES the pink graphic but after skiing my bonafide I keep pushing her towards Samba. She's an aggressive 42 year old 5'6" 135lb woman that skis entire mountain in all conditions. She has a 175 Vjj and an older Kenja that she bent:(. I was originally going for an Elysian but am thinking it will be too soft and not aggressive enough for her.
188 all the way. I'm 6'1" around 176-180lbs and I'm looking at this in the long length for sure. I have older 185 JJ's and wish they were longer. These types of skis ski so short you just have to get over how tall they look when standing next to them.
Bushwacker or the new Line sick day 95? Even though sick day is a little wider the rocker profiles and camber are very similar so curious how they would perform against each other. Looking for something to possibly replace my original kendo and just want something that is just plain fun, if that's even more possible than my Kendos have been for years.
Im 6'1" 178lbs and wondering what length to go for? I have a 177cm older Kendo, 185 JJ, but the sick day has me a little baffled. Holding them up to me the 179 seems short and the 186 seems long. I ski the entire mountain but do spend a lot of time in bumps. Looking for guys who have spent quite a bit of time on a pair for advice, not like shops will demo these this year .
I love the bonafide, just demoed it against Line prophet 98, I have owned the Tst in the past and have no experience on the other two you mentioned. Bonafide blew me away so far. If you want lighter go Kabookie but if you are a strong skier the bonafide will be just fine. Look at my review of the bonafide. Way more fun than Tst in my opinion, I disliked the stiffness of the tst tail.
Kenja or black pearl for my wife? Last year she bent her original version Kenjas so trying to decide between the new rockered Kenja or go Samba, Black Pearl? I just bought Bonafide for me and may never bother skiing my Kendos again. But Samba and black pearl don't have any metal in them so not sure what she would be giving up going Blizzard vs Volkl. She's very aggressive 5'6" 135lb bomber that skis everything all over the mountain.
I just bought the Bonafide for myself and have spent a couple days loving life on them. Are the Samba and Kabookie the same skis? Bonafide has all the metal and Samba doesn't so is the Samba a Kabookie?
Just spent my second day on a set, demoed them yesterday against a Line Prophet 98 and then the bonafide today. I was skeptical about all the hype of these skis thinking they would be to damp, lifeless at slower speeds, and just to heavy compared to my other skis but they blew me away. FIrst day was normal groomers, busted up heavy crud, found a foot of heavy untracked powder, so little bit of everything. Amazingly versatile with so much fun in all those different conditions. They were heavier than the prophets, especially in the tips with a heavier swing weight. I noticed it just on the chair rides alone. As great of a ski I thought the Prophet 98 was after switching back and forth all day long between the two I chose to go with Bonafides as my one ski quiver ski. Prophet was easier, more forgiving, lighter, turnier, and still ripped everything in sight, very smooth and stable ski. But the Bones surfier, easier to smear tail when needed, and the absolute turn shape variety blew me away. I could dance quick slalom turns and then carve out high speed GS turns with incredible speed and power. More energy and rebound than I was ever expecting. I have owned mantras in the past and still have the original Kendo so I know these types of skis well. Today I just ripped firm icy groomers and medium sized hard moguls and had a blast. The ski does everything you want it to do and does it well! And by the way this ski just flies, probably the fastest ski I have been on in many years and has no speed limit. I have a pretty big quiver of skis but I can say that if you have no idea what the conditions are going to be then you will not regret picking these for any day on the hill, from deep powder to icy groomers. Im 6' 1" and 178lbs and chose the 180cm and its the perfect size. This ski is not for intermediates, those people should be on something else.
Very smooth, very predictable, not demanding, but definitely rips the mountain. Is the turniest ski in the 98mm all mountain category I think but you can still dictate the ski into whatever turn shape you want. For only having the metal matrix in it this ski rips and holds an edge like a full metal sheet in my opinion without the added weight of layers of metal. Smooth, absorbs terrain, stable, but still very snappy and powerful. If you want to ski it hard it rewards, if you want to relax it lets you. Swing weight is lighter than the Bonafide and I think overall easier to ski for less aggressive skiers. Experts will love this ski but so will intermediates trying to get better. There is a reason it's been highly rated for years. I struggled deciding between this and the Bonafides after demoing both all day long but I went with the Bones just because I liked the surfier feel when I needed it. But I loved the weight of the prophets better, prophets were also a very fun shorter radius carving machine. Tough choice!
I'm 6'1" and 178 lbs, I have skied a 185 JJ for four years and I wish they just made it in a 190cm, so eventually I bought an akjj for the deep days. For everyday other than big storms the 185 is just a blast.
Comparing JJ to the soul 7, we all know they will both be great in the soft stuff but if you had to spend days skiing groomers on either pair who has the most votes for carving, stability, fun? I know the JJ very we'll but no experience on the soul 7's yet.
Any people have experience on these skis? Comparing to Bones, Kabookie, Mantra, prophet 98, etc...
Im 6' 1" 178 lbs 42 year old expert, really wanting to try Bonafide, Kabookie, And new mantra. Always a fan of my original Kendos and use to love my older non rockered mantras but with all the hype about Bonafides gotta find some to try. Concerned about them being to damp and lifeless, I never find my Kendos or the older mantras too damp or lacking in energy but some people say the bones are. Kabookie has caught my eye along with the lighter and more nimble atomic theory with all it's great reviews. Looking to fill a gap between my 177 Kendo and 185 JJ, I rip everywhere from bumps, trees, high speed to fast slalom turns, a true all mountain skier. Hard to demo things I find every year!
How would the volkl mantra riders describe the characteristics of the mantra versus the bonafide? More damp, more lively, playful, swing weight , etc..
Don't underestimate the stiffness of the TST, agree with the more rockered tip but from the boot back I found it very stiff! Not my favorite in the bumps.
180 for sure, I'm 6'1" and 180lbs and I was going to buy the 188cm and pondered the 180cm just for the mogul and quickness so 180cm for you should be perfect.
How about this ski in comparison to Atomic Theory?
This versus atomic Elysian for aggressive expert? My wife has an older Kenja and a VJJ, so looking for a ski that fits in the middle for a better one ski to take on trips where taking two skis isn't ideal.
I read from certain reviews that the new rockered versions have a softer tail as well but hand flexing still feels as stiff as they have always been. Anybody know the true facts?
Any expert level skiers out there with input on these skis? Found a great deal on them but will I miss the power of a mantra, bonafide, etc? Reviews are great for this and the Elysian but I don't usually purchase lower price skis.