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Ski for Japan - Kartel 96??
Heading to Japan in Feb, not sure whether I should take my K96s or set myself up with another pair before then...
If it's not the best idea, what would be your best rec for a new ski that would have similar characteristics to the kartels, but in a wider, more suitable platform?? (i'd love another set of on3ps, but considering these skis wouldn't see heaps of use would be keen on a slightly cheaper pricepoint)...
I would definitely look at something wider. If you are looking for price Point, I would try to find an older JJ or something along those lines. You could probably get by with your Kartels, but if you want to maximize your experience, I would try to find something wider. I’ll be in Japan for a few months this winter, and I’ll be riding Liberty Origin Pros (122 underfoot)
if your looking to cop new pow boards id look for some 2019 sticks for a lower price (for japan id go with something 116 mm and above) evo has some good deals right now on 2019 skis. Evo has 2019 jj's which will be pretty similar to the kartel line for like 520 right now
Went and skied Japan last year for 3 weeks using a pair of Kartel 116s. Being a lighter guy I would say that it worked ok but after a while they became a bit heavy as we were skiing resort and still had to deal with days where there was no new snow or sometimes even rain the night before.
Also saw some really good skiers running narrower stuff (95 to 100) in 30 cm of fresh so it can be done as when it does snow, it tends to be the really light fluffy stuff.
If I were to do it again I would bring a mid fat ski 105 to 110. Unless you are guaranteed to ski only powder it's always good to have a little versatility imho.
are you staying on resort or doing guided touring into the backcountry. I too was hit with this situation as my trip is end of january. I went ahead and picked up the Armada JJ UL paired with a frame binding and skins. I'll also be bringing my bentchetler 100 for the couple days we are staying in bounds in Niseko.
For sure go wider. I went to Hokkaido last Feb, and you def need something over 110ish. Kartel 116's were perfect, I wouldnt have brought anything else
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