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What J says:
I've been working with and building skis for Giray Dadali for over a decade now, since he was 14! Yes Giray is his real name, but he actually does have an older brother named Ahmet. Ahmet is a well known and respected skier, appearing in magazines, winning awards and staring in ski movies. This is why random skiers always approach Giray asking, ''Are you Ahmet's brother?!'' So when it came to creating a ski together, it just seemed obvious we should go with what people call him... Ahmet's Brother. His unique style of jibbing the entire mountain from the park to the pow was a huge inspiration in the development of the Vacation ski's flex and performance.
Ahmet's Brother is a fan of old ski movies, so we worked together to dial in a retro throwback to vintage posters that defined the beginnings of skiing's modern age. I'm building only 100 pair of these Limited editions, each ski is hand signed & numbered by me. You'll be 1 of only 100 skiers in the world with these rare one-of-a-kind limited edition J's on your feet! #JvacationSki #ahmetsbrother
What I thought:
I rode the Ahmet's Brother Vacations last spring in Wisconsin shredding slushy, spring groomers, park laps, and sending it off sidehits wherever possible for 5 days. The dimensions of the skis are 135-106-124 (Tip - Waist - Tail) which, for the Midwest, can be a bit much for some people in the park but ripping groomers/trees should be no problem for fairly advanced skiers.
As a pretty big guy (6'1 200 lbs), I was able to flex the skis with ease which was perfect for buttering and never an issue except for when I was taking extremely tight, high-speed turns, where the ski sometimes over-flexed and I ended up washing out. In the park, I had a fucking blast buttering around, pressing on boxes, and bouncing on features a la The Bunch. I can't comment on the durability as I was only able to ride them for 5 days.
Overall, the ski that bears my Instagram brother's name, is a real joy to ski all over the mountain as advertised. Kudos to you J!
Who they would be good for:
Someone who truly values a ski that can rip groomers/trees/some pow at the top of the lift then dip into the park at the end of the run to slay a few rails and jumps with ease before heading back up for countless laps.
These are my favorite skis of all time. A true all mountain ski. With 106 underfoot it handles really well in deep snow but they carve like a dream on the piste. I mounted them 1cm in front of the center.
For park these are extremly forgiving, with it's soft flex. They are just super buttery as well but they still offer a lot of support when landing on jumps ( if you like to ride longer skis).
They are super durable just as all J Skis are. And J has by far the best costumer service i have ever witnessed. With 2064g per ski(yes, i measured with my own scale at home) these are fearly heavy for park skiing comparing to Line Blends.
When i bought these i was looking for a ski like Line Blends or SFB with a softer tail and higher durability and i found exactly what i wanted. They are a little expensive for beating them up in the park but these skis are to fun to ski to take them off.
If want more details, no matter how wierd, hit me up! I am the king of ski OCD's