japanadaThe 195s ski pretty easy given their size. I had a pair of both 187s and 195s, mounted the 195s +2 from the line and they work great. On bullet proof ice, yes they are not the best thing, but for more of a BC rig, how often do you encounter ice? I doubt I will ever go away from full rocker for a pow ski. The playfulness is unheard of with anything that has camber. I have the HOJIs, old metal katana, vwerks katana and want to add a devastator to the quiver for a hard snow and park ski.
cydwhitI'd definitely drive a SHIFT harder inbounds than a Vipec, I still need to get on a pair, but their premise is much more inbounds-friendly than the Vipec's.
As far as surfy, you make a fair point. I think the Deathwish can be skied pretty surfy, but you have to know what you're doing. Basically my Deathwish recommendation is just based off my time skiing in NZ. I feel like the conditions are pretty different from what some north american skiers are used to, and in a touring ski for NZ I'd definitely prioritize a stable, predictable ride. But that's totally your call, you know yourself better than I.
I would say don't freak out over weight on your touring ski. Just get a tech binder and a good boot and get a ski that you'll have fun on. So if you want super surfy, go K2 Catamaran, surfiest ski I've ever skied, if you want a little more stable and consistent in bad conditions, maybe go Deathwish, or Sego Big Horn. Also, I know it's anathema to mention the big brands here on NS, but the Salomon QST 106 is a shockingly fun ski, that's super reliable. That ski with a SHIFT would be pretty rad.... I know it's not a twin, but I came into my time on it wanting to dislike it, and instead fell for it pretty hard haha!
Ah yeah agree I defs would'n't hit the Vipec for an inbound ski, would use that on a dedicated tourer for sure - And fair play you do make a good point RE some stability touring in NZ, first time out touring it is probably wiser to err on the side of caution and I do think I'm falling into that hunt for a unicorn ski trap. I do wonder if the Deathwish even needs to be in the quiver given the TST (can get it at an absolute steal though).
I think I might be better off running maybe the Deathwish/TST on the SHIFT, or more likely a Vipec Evo or a Tecton, for this year (Have a four day avi/touring course up Mt Cook in NZ in July hence the rush to get an AT set up) and then get something like the Hoji or the Catamaran (again love your work, would be lost without Blister) and slipping a SHIFT on that as a POW Ski/Tourer for BC/Japan big NZ days and then from there once I've actually got more of feel for touring looking into something super light/tour (even the Big Horn which looks pretty sick) and slip the Vipec Evo/Tecton on those or just leave em on the Deathwish/TST.
Could even scratch the Deathwish and whack some Vipecs/Tectons on the TST's and some alpine binders or SHIFT's on a set of Hoji's and some SHIFT's on the Catamaran. Would that be a better move do you guys think? Bit more of a versatile quiver that way, great way to burn large amounts of cash too Haha.
Quick question RE brakes - could you bend 110mm out to112mm on the Vipec/Tecton alright? Seen a few different POV on that.
Haha I used to work for Salomon in Whistler, did pretty well out of them Hahaha, so I have nothing against jumping on a set of their sticks, while I'd never pay full price (SHIFT excluded) to the Amer demon I don't mind their gear.
Thanks again guys, super helpful
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