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WoFlowzK2 catamarans maybe?
tea_boneDefinitely considering those as well, they look fun as hell. Seems like they're a bit on the softer side so I'd only be worried about washing out on landings and higher speeds
**This post was edited on Feb 19th 2021 at 6:52:14pm
animatorAnima is more stable than Whitewalker for sure, it’s heavier (as you very correctly pointed out) too. If you’re doing short tours and don’t mind a little extra weight I’d go Anima. How tall/old are you?
tea_bone17 and 5’9 as of right now
animatorYeah hate to break it to you dawg but you aren’t gonna get much taller. I’d go 182 Anima and call it there
tea_boneWord, thanks man. The more centered mount point on the whitewalker is pretty appealing to me but anima definitely sounds better for charging
HometownerzYo, Ive been skiing the animas for 3.5 seasons. 2 seasons w pivots 1.5 with kingpins. They are pretty stiff in front of the bindings and through the shovels and I've found on corny snow/windbuff or a couple inches of pow they absolutely rip.
The two negatives I would have to point out w em would be...
1: the tails are pretty soft and can sometimes fold up if you land a drop backseat or are trying to shut it down in steeps (although I think the revamped anima has stiffer tails);
2: between the tight(ish) sidecut and me mounting them at -5 from center, I get significant tip dive in more than 10 inches of snow. My 192 Sego Prospect 112s float leagues better despite being a few mm narrower. This could be a sizing issue seeing as I am 6'1 and on the 188s which measure more like 185. I also have a hunch that the kingpins make me overpower this ski thanks to their higher heel stack height.
If you're a smaller dude you'll probably get along well with them. They are a nice weight for touring especially w kingpins. When I skied resort with them they cut through soft chop nicely and thanks to lots of camber you can lay railroad tracks over variable snow pretty easily. They do feel a bit hooky in tight spots & deep snow but if its shallower stuff you can use the camber and lay down carves (again they carve well but the tight radius can get kinda scary when you really get going on big steep lines).
In truly shitty snow they can be a bit harsh since they don't have any metal or rubber.
As far as playfulness, the tails are easy to butter but the tips are harder. At -5 from center they feel really balanced in the air. W all that camber they will pop off anything. Swingweight is a bit heavy but not bad.
A note on durability: 3.5 seasons of heavy inbounds and backcountry use and these things are going STRONG. Of the segos, 4frnts, RMUs, Lines, and Fischers I've been on in the past 5 years these have been my only skis to not get a coreshot, and thats not because I've treated them well.
They are great skis but If you want something to truly demolish big lines I would look fore something w a longer radius, stiffer tails, maybe more rocker (or even full rocker)
tea_boneThanks for the info! Yeah I feel like I'd want a bit more rocker and the swingweight is kinda holding me back as well. Otherwise seems like a sick option. Noticed you mentioned the 188s measure around 185; if I did go with the anima do you think It'd make sense to go with the 188 rather than the 182? I'm 5'9 and usually prefer a longer ski.