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I like the deep and the size does matter. I like the skis when they're big and fatter.

The Kuro is back with a vengeance as the fatty in the Volkl freeride lineup, with ELP rocker and a new longer length to keep you stuck on the surface of bottomless fluff like an Alaskan oil slick. In powder that would hide the average toddler standing on a trash can, the Kuro’s decidedly un-svelte 132mm waist lets you float, smear, slarve, and otherwise play like it’s recess time. Volkl beefed up the Kuro’s construction for the 2010 season, adding extra insurance against binding and sidewall issues when you’re charging hard and tipping these gargantuan planks on edge.
  • Elongated Low Profile rocker dramatically enhances deep-snow maneuverability while retaining effective edge contact
  • Traditional sidecut underfoot for return-run carving capability
  • Poplar Sensorwood core for lasting pop, carbon base layer for weightless damping, ash for mounting zone
  • Composite/fiberglass-wrapped Tough Box mid-body core improves screw retention and impact strength

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5 5

BEST BEST BEST POWDER SKI!!! EVER!

Buy this ski if you love to rip fast powder turns and live in a place that get's a lot of snow. I skid my Kuro's over 30 days last season and Squaw and they are just awesome. Get ready to go as fast as possible.

5 5

Pow Pow PowderWheelz

King of the Snow! I can't stop smiling when I rip on fresh pow days with these!

Surprisingly easy swing weight + perfect rocker = stompability

im an aggressive skier looking for a new...

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im an aggressive skier looking for a new pair of pow skis (plan on moving out to utah once i graduate) and i usually prefer my skis on the stiffer/longer side, but im a little lady weighing in at about 120lbs with all my ski gear on.
so what do the women have to say about this ski? would this ski in 175cm be too big for me?

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If you're an aggressive skier, you'll want to rock at least the 175. This ski's rocker profile makes it ski pretty short and I dont' think you'll have any trouble if you're looking for a stiffer, rockered fatty.

5 5

Sick. Absolutely Sick.

After a season in UT with visits to CO, WY, and ID, I've skied these on everything from 2+ feet of fresh powder to early morning icy groomers. Steep, cat tracks, bumps, all over.

They are happiest in deep snow going downhill fast - go ahead and carve GS turns or tight little "S"s. But, in anything but rutted moguls they really rip. Put both skis on edge and you can roar down groomers like a freight train, but they are surprisingly maneuverable. Nice thing about the rocker is that the tips are up away from the snow when running flat on a groomer, so you don't get that twitchiness like in a regular shape ski. But they track straight, and then roll 'em on edge and they carve like crazy.

They crush corn snow.

I'd rather be on my GS boards to run gates, or on a total groomer day, but with even 3"+ of loose snow, Kuro starts calling my name.

Someone here mentioned that you need to be ready for the comments on the chairlift. I didn't know what he meant.... now I do. They are BIG skis. And they ski big.

Has anyone else had problems with the big...

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Has anyone else had problems with the big metal piece under the tip peeling up where the edge stops? Both my tips are doing it. Also, anyone know if they changed that part of the ski next year? Thanks

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No problem with that - although I have put a few gouges in the tops with my edges.

5 5

Off the hook!!!

Oh My Goodness! This is the Powder Tool of Champions!! Match it with a Marker Schizo binding so you can dial in where you wanna be on this ski and you can rip ANY conditions.

5 5

Length

Do NOT get these in the normal length you would for a non-rockered ski. GO LONGER!!!
Remember, this ski is way double rockered, you don't even really ski on the first 10cm, they're just for float.

I'm 5'9" 160LBS. I got the 185's and though I love the ski, I wish I'da gone longer. They feel more like 165's, again, 'cause of the dbl rocker.

If you're on the fence even a little bit, go longer.

Go longer.

5 5

Like the energizer bunny...fun that lasts

happen to rent these in a 185 at both Whistler and Crystal. Conditions were fresh but not uber deep both days. Please, these things just slay it. (insert) Anything short of glassy ice they will surprise and you can haul some serious ass. Obviously with an aggressive forward stance. Great rolling edge to edge. In the fresh because of the surface area they glide super fast and almost float on the surface too much.?.?. wow wierd sensation, until you comfortably cruise around fairly fast skiers at speed in total control in the fresh. Comment's are...should I get some? These are from my race buds. Ya know there are a lot of really good skis out there. These exceed that premise. Big, weird , but awefully good.

How do these work on groomers?

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How do these work on groomers?

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Anything short of glassy ice they will surprise and you can haul some serious ass. Obviously with an aggressive forward stance. Great rolling edge to edge.

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They scare groomed snow.

How do these compare to the K2 pontoon.

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How do these compare to the K2 pontoon.

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I would imagine the skis pretty similar on a deep day. The kuro has a little bit more of a regular shape (not quite as extreme of a powder pintail) and is a little stiffer, so it is probably a little more stable on harder snow. In deep snow the kuro is probably a little more aggressive, where the pontoon is probably more playful.

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pontoon has better float due to a more rocker and the way the tail is shaped the kuros aren't much stiffer except for the tip. these rail better on groomers and can bust through stuff more easily.

4 5

a whole new world

5 years ago these skis would have been laughable. 5 years ago Gotamas were HUGE. Now when I look at my Gotamas next to my Kuros its almost a joke. If you've been skiing fat skis for a while now and they don't feel so fat anymore, these may be a great option for you.

Pros - Sick in powder (duh). I only have two days on them and haven't had a chance to fully open them up, but they are a ton of fun once you get in the fluff. They simply devour the loose stuff. They also perform well on piste...in fact my first day on these was spent mostly on soft sunny groomers and they make nice GS turns. You won't be carving trenches but you're 100% in control. Anyone who says they are terrible on the "get back" doesn't really "get it". You slide a bit more than you carve, and you blow through push piles and chop. They are stiff like a Volkl and they turn like a Volkl. I thought these would only be for big storm days but they are more versatile than I thought. I got bumped coming fast out of the trees and landed super backseat and was able to muscle out of it...no soft ski would have done that.

Cons - Anything wind blown or crusty is a challenge. But you knew that when you bought them, didn't you? The main negative is the price...they're on sale today (I could have saved $100 but who's counting?) You won't be mounting these with anything less than Jesters, so this is a pricey package. If you can get a bro-deal go for it, but this is like the Ferrari you keep covered in your garage, just waiting for that day when the roads are dry and empty and the weather is nice. Also, while they don't ski heavy, if you hike or tour or just carry your skis often these are not light. But if you have a chairlift or cat or chopper or sled getting you your vert than who cares?

I'm cat skiing these in Canada in 10 days and will amend this review if need be. Bottom line - if you've been on fatties for a while, live west of the Mississippi and can afford them, get them.

Just bought the Kuros in a 185 and love...

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Just bought the Kuros in a 185 and love them but mounted them 1cm aft of the center line... now I'm not so sure I did the right thing...

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I'd move them up. I like mine at the traditional, but like them even more at +2. I don't think i would like them any farther back than traditional...too much tip

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i had binding mounting anxiety so i got the jester schizo.....problem solved

5 5

Best ski ever

This is my second season with this ski, and I couldn't be happier with it. Obviously in powder it can't be beat, massive float, massive stability, massive speed, massive everything. I love that I can ski powder with an aggressive, forward stance and not worry about going over the front. But come on, look at the ski, its no surprise that it crushes the deep stuff, the surprise is how it handles on other areas of the mountain. Way more than "does well enough on the cat tracks to get back to the lift".

I ski the 195 and I remounted it at +2 cm after about a month of traditional mount. Loved it traditional, really love it at +2. Mounting the ski forward really changed how it handles in crud, bumpy stuff or other less than ideal snow conditions. It made it much more maneuverable and fun to throw around for quick snappy turns. Also, skiing switch is easier, if you're into that. So call me crazy, but I now ski this as an all mountain ski, even ripping groomers. Although, with the reverse camber, they don't track very well if not on edge, so keep em turning and you'll be loving the big huge tracks they can lay down. Just try'em, ski them forward and aggressively, and I will bet you'll be amazed too.

One more thing, after a few weeks of skiing last year's models, the topsheet started flaking off in big chunks. They seemed to have fixed that this year, so they stay shiny and pretty for all the gapers out there to stare at.

5 5

Great Boards for Deep Snow!

Only 1 day on them so far - light midthigh powder at Durango Mtn Resort - best skis I've ever been on for that depth/type of snow. Not any fun at all on the groomed getting to the powder (picture riding a door down a ski slope) but hey, that's not what they're for. So 2 thumbs up as a specialty deep powder ski if you're lucky enough to need one. Not an all-mtn general purpose ski by any means. For 6-18" or so I'll stick with the Volkl Explosiv's - less than that I do something else, LOL.

Kuro vs. Gotama.... (and maybe Blizzard...

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Kuro vs. Gotama.... (and maybe Blizzard Answer...)???

I've demoed the Answer and the Gotama, but no one has the Kuro to demo. Liked both skis, but the Gotama seemed to have a but more rocker, maybe a little more sidecut, and skied, well, like a Volkl. Awesome.

I was blown away at how a fat rockered ski could rip up everything on the mountain including groomers (I usually ski Volkl Racetiger GS, or go tele).

Do you think the Kuro skis like the Gotama, only more so? I'm in Park City for the winter, will do a little backcountry, but most days will be on the mountain, and bumps and groomers will be unavoidable. If the Kuro is really out of it's element unless there's a foot of powder that could be a problem - as much as I dig the graphics.

Thanks!

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Lars, Ive been on the kuros for almost two years now, 185 last year and 195 this year. I was also amazed at well it skis all over, and I use it everyday now. I would say go for it, its stiff compared to other rockered skis, although I'm sure it is softer than the gotama, (never tried that one) and I think that that is why it does well on groomers. I use to think it wasn't good in bumps, but just today I was some pretty big bumps and had a blast. I really can't say enough good things about these boards. Get em and prepare for the comments on the chairlift.

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I wouldn't recommend the Kuro as anyone's only all mountain ski - great in deep snow or deep crud but in my opinion it IS out of it's element with less than a foot or so on the ground.

Thanks James. I'm looking forward to gettin'...

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Thanks James. I'm looking forward to gettin' some rocker! One more question for those "in the know." I ski switch. I ski switch in powder. Any advice on mounting position for the Kuro's? I dont want to compromise too much regular stance powder performance. Thanx!!!

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The regular mount point seems pretty far back, and with the narrow tails, skiing switch in powder can be tricky with these. I would say go plus 2 or just get the chopsticks.

5 5

Prettyyy Pretty Pretttttyyy Awesome

Finally got to ski these sheenaws in some powder yesterday here at Keystone. They own, plain and simple. Hiked up the bowls to find over 2ft of hidden powder on Bergman Bowl. They float like crazy, maybe even a little too much. No tip diving and they cruise like a GS ski on groomers, yet with powder hitting yo face.

I am 5'11" 180lbs and went with the 185cm mounted with Jesters. I feel like I could go to the 195cm but that's just me. I had an issue with the back plate of the Jesters coming a little loose only after skiing them twice. Took them back where I had them mounted and the owner put in some screw retainers on both back screws of the back plates. Most likely due to the tech not tightening them enough. They are bomber now though, but just keep in mind to check your bindings after you ski them for the first couple days.

Overall an excellent ski. Great simple top sheet graphics that still get looks when heading up the lift. Can handle groomers, bumps, any chowder without and problem. I had never skied a rockered ski before so it takes 1 or 2 runs to get use to if you aren't on powder right away.Highly recommended. You will fall in love!

Prettyyy Pretty Pretttttyyy Awesome

Size question. I'm on 194 2010 Gotamas...

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Size question. I'm on 194 2010 Gotamas and have been on 190 gotamas before that. I'm looking at the Kuro for the deep and thick days in Tahoe. Do I go 195, or 185 for quicker turning in trees etc. How "short" do they ski?

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I just switched to the 195 and have been loving it. It is a very aggresive ski, but with the rocker it is not at all hard to make smaller, tighter turns when needed. It seems to me that the 195 is a little better on the hardpack as well, not that it really matters with this ski. If you have been enjoying the 194 gotama, you should probably go with the 195. It just
demands to skied very forward, or it will throw you around.

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I am 5'11" 180lbs with the 185. I agree they do feel way shorter with the rocker. I would probably agree to go with the 195 unless you are small. Have fun with em they are ownage!

5 5

Game Changers

I've been at this sport since I was 2, 27 years later the biggest improvement in fun-factor came along. These skis will change your life! For some its Buddha for others Swiss chocolate, if you ski - its these boards. These will be your juju, your Oprah, your new "second best feeling in the world!"

As to the skiing: in powder words escape me, the rocker is more than enough to keep them springy and fun, imagine the pop you get from a race board while you doing 40 through the pow - like I said FUN! They are so much more than "survivable" outside of the powder, thanks to the "normal" sidecut you can literally carve a soft groomer to get to the lift. They turn a 6" day into serious fun instead of dust on crust.

I skied the 185cm last season and put more days on them than any other ski, they really do work well in a lot of snow conditions. I've upgraded to a 195cm this year because I'm 6'4" 210 - really looking forward to a little more float for my weight and smother landings.

Make sure you ski 'em like other volkl's - fast, fast, faster and maybe even a little more than that, not a finesse piece unless you've got some weight to throw around and then - is finesse really part of your vocabulary anyhow???Grab some Toblerone, rub a Buddha belly, throw some jesters on these skis and enjoy your new world order. It's gonna be fun!

(photo is a little La Grave drop on these big 'uns)

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