Hey guys I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the kai pro ski. Haven't really seen much on it.
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parkplaygroundI have been on them for 25 days roughly which because of injuries was my whole season. First, I have to say that these skis are the best carving skis I have ever used including slalom skis aside from the Ace of spades and they are actually almost identical in feel when you are carving.
Second, the bases of these skis are moderately durable, but I wouldn't go out and say they can take a major beating. They are very fast however, which I personally appreciate more than the durability. I have only done rails except for a few trips to other mountains, and they are holding up as far as the bases are concerned. The edges are roughly 2mm by 2.2? mm. They are about average as far as thickness is concerned. They do a better than average job for durability. I have only had 3 edge cracks and I don't go easy on rails. They do wear down a little quickly for my liking but I can't really say anything since that's what excessive rail skiing will do. The topsheet also has virtually no chipping. This is the first time I have seen angled sidewalls actually prevent topsheet damage, but they work amazingly.
Next is performance on jumps/rails. a big factor around NS for picking skis is weight. These skis are not heavy, but they are not light. they have a a bit of weight on them, but it really doesn't hinder anything(I had 177 Kai's with black FKS 140's for reference). I am not a big guy at 5'9" 135 and I was able to do plenty of quick rail tricks. The skis are very solid on jumps too. a lot better than I expected too. They hold their own on jumps and I can see that Kai must have made a point to make sure that they killed it so he could dial his jump game even more. They are very stable too. I would say from a scale of 1-10 for stability (1 being Line TC Crew and 10 being Ace of Spade) I would put them at a strong 7. Buttering and flexing is not as easy as advertised, but it is absolutely possible and fun when you break the skis in a bit. The snap really launches you out of the butter and its a great feeling.
Flex is Tip-6.5/7 Waist-8 Tail-5.5/6
There is one problem that I really disliked about the skis, but so far this is the only negative for them. This would be that when I am hitting a rail or box, they don't feel very secure. This is not me sucking, it is definitely the base of the ski or something like that. I have used a ton of different skis from different brands and this is the first time experiencing this. It is very unsettling at first because it feels like you just learned how to hit a box or rail, but once you get used to the feeling, it isn't noticeable most of the time though.
If there is anythinge else just let me know.