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Is the Sakana for me? what length?
I am 44, 5"11 and 190 pounds. I ski in Whitefish MT and mostly stick to the trees whenever possible. I ski old 15 Bacons that are 108s underfoot I believe, and they are old demo skis that have been drilled numerous times and are super soft and suck on any type of hard pack or groomer. They are 184cm.
I also have a pair of 16 Line Magnus Opus that are 188. They are my go to ski in the power and trees, and I do OK with them on the groomers but they are not much fun there and I end up fighting them the whole way down the mtn.
I am not a hard charger, I will do some smaller jumps and drops, but nothing crazy. I like to have fun and surf and slide around, but stay out of the park and just have fun jumping around in the trees when I can.
I'd consider myself as an advanced to average skier.
I want something that will be more fun on the groomers, but I'm not looking at setting any speed records, just want something that will hook up better and be able to carve vs chatter the whole way down the mtn. I'd like to be able to still go in the trees and ski in the powder when its there.
I'm pretty sold on the Sakana, but open to suggestions. I also am leaning towards the 174 because I really want to be able to throw them around in the trees, but I am worried that they will not hook up for me on the groomers.
Should I go with the 181?
Do you like talking with people constantly about your weird skis? If yes, then yes. Otherwise maybe look at Liberty Origin 106? There are a bunch of skis in that category though. What other skis have you already considered?
I'm pretty sure the sakanas are very soft
181 for sure. they ski longer than that due to the continuous end basically till the end of the fishtail. enjoy! Such a fun ski!
I rode the Sakana last season and for you they sound like a good ski. They’re ridiculously soft and they bend into turns super easily but if you throw any kind of speed or chop at them they get a little scary. So for cruising yes they’re great.
My my main issue is in the air. They’re set really far back for a playful ski and the tails don’t support you on landings so for dropping cliffs for having fun in the park they just feel weird.
The tails can also break but it might have just been bad luck for me. Early in the season I dropped a cliff and caught the tail on a rock as I was going down. This bend one of the fins on the swallow tail which over the course of the season slowly warped the ski until the base on that side was popping off.
So so to make my point. If you’re a chill skier who takes things at a moderate pace and find lots of fun from carving yes rock this ski it’ll be very fun. If you like to mob down the mountain, jump off stuff, throw tricks, and live in an area that gets pretty inconsistent or snotty snow (PNW) don’t get it. Hope this helps
I am definitely more on the chill side. According to Maprika, I never got over 40mph last year, and I have no desire to go any faster than that. I don't go in the park, I'm not catching tons of air, just little bumps in the trees and small drops once in a while.
I am really hoping that the 174 would be a good ski for me! I've been told that they ski longer than they are, and I feel like my bacons and Opus are both longer than I would like them to be.
sakanas are suer cool
they will also have no problem when the deep stuff comes due to the 150mm tip
also the graphic is dank this year
I can get the 174 or the 181 here locally as last years demos. What advantage will the 181 have for me if I'm not looking at going fast, but want to be able to carve better on the groomers?
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