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ON3P Kartel: 98 vs 106
I still haven't decided which size of the Kartel I'll be getting, but I'll be getting some for sure. Try to name off some advantages and disadvantages to both sizes, and which you would prefer for a "one ski quiver".
it depends on what type of skiing you do. If you will be in the park much go with the 98. If you are just looking for an all mountain shredder I would go with the 106
If I'm just killing my quiver, I always prefer the 104-110 range. They will be better in the pow pow. Many people like 98mm underfoot, but they just aren't floaty. They lack the crud performance too. I'm not trying to hate on 98's, I love the blizzard bonafide as a spring/early season ski, but I'd take my bacons over them any day of fresh snowfall. It depends where you ski though. I ski alta so it's better to have 108 underfoot for me. I think that is the best size. If you want a better ski on edges and won't use them on more than 12" of fresh, go 98. If you plan on using them on all day everyday, go 106.
106s for sure unless you are getting the carbon/tour layup and are gonna put plums on them to summit 14ers in july.
I personally prefer 105-115 for a one ski quiver/go to ski. It's a versatile size for all mountain, all condition fun.
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I got on both briefly early this summer, I loved the 106's, really are my ultimate one ski quiver. The 98's are awesome but not as versatile
I'm in a similar position to op, and was considering the 98s when I found this thread. So now I have a couple more questions:
Are the 106s gonna be significantly heavier, as in too heavy for park? I ski park/groomer 70%, Pow/ungroomed/crud 30%
Also how stable at high speed will either ski be? I ski Head JO Pros and I like how well they carve and handle speed so any comparisons are welcome. I guess I should also mention that I'm 6'2 and weigh 170lbs and ski all over US and Europe
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I love my 106s, light and durable. I mounted mine at -2 so they are a wicked playful all mountain ski.
If you're gonna be skiing a lot of pow go with the 106
I think Scott has said it a million times, and it has been said in this thread as well. 98 is more park oriented while the 106 is all mountain oriented.
I skied the 98 hoping to get the feel of my old 186 J-mo's (96 waist). But they didn't quit capture that for me. A little less of an AM ski than the old J-mo. Scott recommended the 106 for that feel. I will always regret selling those ski's.
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