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Thread: Review: Volkl Kuro 195
01-03-2010, 03:20 AM #1Registered User
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- Mar 2009
- The 206
Review: Volkl Kuro 195
Boot: Dynafit Titan
Everyday Ski: Volkl Gotama 190 w/ jesters
Other Fat Skis I've Skied: Hellbents, Pontoons, XXLs, S7, Chopsticks
I mounted my Kuros on factory center with jesters. I was unsure where I really wanted them and decided to just mount on 0. I liked it, but might go +1 or +1.5 because I sometimes felt I needed a little more tail.
Conditions: heavy PNW slop on top of icy crust. Wet snow throughout the day at Alpental, maybe about 8 inches on top in places
My favorite pow ski I had been on before these was the 189 Bents, but I found them a little too playful and wanted something a little more substantial, so I went with a Kuro and I LOVE THEM. I was surprised at how easy and playful they are while still giving more stability and just didnt seem as noodly as other reverse camber pow boards.
In the untracked they were obviously amazing, but I found pontoons to be the true stand out on pure deep pow days.
In the crud and tracked out pow is where the kuro really stood out to me. I seemed to effortlessly bust through or float over any crud/avy slide out chunks I could find and made poor snow conditions a blast to play around in. People around were struggling through and the Kuro made it look easy.
On the hard pack they performed very well for a reverse camber ski and felt pretty stable at higher speeds. You can slide/carve if there is a little snow on top, but if it was icier I think it could get sketchy, but that isn't what they are built for.
In short, I am very happy I went with the 195 Kuro and found them to be a blast in the deep, handle the crud like no other and you can still have fun on the run outs back to the lift.
03-05-2010, 04:32 PM #2
I was thinking of going at least +2 or myb +3
any others care to share their thoughts on performance, balance and overall "feel" if mounted closer to center?
03-05-2010, 08:12 PM #3acpowman
- Join Date
- Nov 2009
- Balls Deep
I mounted my 195"s at +1.5, they feel good there but i wouldn't go any further forward. I think the sweet spot is from 0 to +1.