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  1. #1
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    my new Volkl Karmas - UPDATED

    I just picked up a pair of the new Volkl Karmas today. The shop I bought them from in SLC (Sports Den) apparently got 2 pairs from the Vegas show, and I now have one of them. They are a completely new ski that is replacing both the V-Pro and the G4. They told me I would be the only person in Utah riding these (besides the sponsored pros), so thats kinda cool. Here are the specs:
    -177cm
    -119-87-111
    -full twin tip
    -sidewall construction
    -sensorwood core
    -metal layer under the topsheet
    -double thick base for rail durability
    -grip tape-like top sheet (like a skateboard deck)

    They are Volkls so they are gonna be bombproof, but that makes them a little on the heavier side. Should be the perfect ski for all mountain with some park days here and there.

    Here are some pics for your viewing pleasure:

    http://tools.ecn.purdue.edu/~khsmith/VolklKarma01.jpg

    http://tools.ecn.purdue.edu/~khsmith/VolklKarma02.jpg

    http://tools.ecn.purdue.edu/~khsmith/VolklKarma03.jpg

    http://tools.ecn.purdue.edu/~khsmith/VolklKarma04.jpg

    I probably shoulda posted this over in Tech-Talk, but I am just too excited...I had to show them off here. I'll update this post once I take em out tomorrow morning.

    UPDATE:
    Well after one full day on em, I can say that I am very stoked on these skis. They are stiff enough to bust through all kinds of choppy snow at high speeds, while still having enough give to make quick little hop turns when the trees get tight. I did a couple little 3's off of a natural little kicker and they were pretty easy to get around. They took a little more effort than my old Darksides, but it was still no problem. I had one pretty nice double-eject (Mr. and Mrs. Altagirl and powho are witnesses to this) when I got backseat off a 15 foot drop to hard snow...I basically bounced off the tails when I landed and spun around backwards and on my head...good stuff. The skis held up great and even survived a couple high speed rock hits with no damage. Very happy with them overall, and I can't wait to get back at it tomorrow.

    crinkle: Yes I did get a job, actually 2 of them, but have yet to start either...I am just spending money I hopefully will have by the time the credit card needs to be paid...
    Last edited by smiTTy; 02-22-2004 at 05:48 PM.

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    What other lengths are they going to have?

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    Thumbs up

    Damn, those look sweet! Enjoy 'em.

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    So, ya wanna sell the explosives now???

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    Sweet! Really want to know how these ride. My G4's are going to need replacing soon and I need something to fill my 80mm hole.

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    Originally posted by Ski Monkey
    I need something to fill my 80mm hole.
    Dude, that sounds kind of gay.

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    Wink

    Originally posted by Alex P. Keaton
    Dude, that sounds kind of gay.
    Facker.



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    dude that's nice. You get a job or something?

    replacing V-pro and G4? That ski has a lot to live up to.

    go rip'em.
    More fucked up than a cricket in a hubcap

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    If I didn't live in the Mid-Atlantic icebelt I'd buy those...
    "There is a hell of a huge difference between skiing as a sport- or even as a lifestyle- and skiing as an industry"
    Hunter S. Thompson, 1970 (RIP)

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    Originally posted by Plakespear
    If I didn't live in the Mid-Atlantic icebelt I'd buy those...
    You'd be surprised those things Rip it up any where very stable at speed.
    Smitty Enjoy'em there a lot of fun
    Living vicariously through myself…

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    [volkl gear whore]droooooool[/vgw]
    "I knew in an instant that the three dollars I had spent on wine would not go to waste."

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    3 Lengths. 169 177 185 And it looks like a different color
    for each length, a la 1080s.

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    Nice! We'll be looking for you at Alta so we can drool on them. Have fun with them.
    "People blame me because these water mains break, but I ask you, if the
    water mains didn't break, would it be my responsibility to fix them then?
    WOULD IT!?!"
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    metal layer under the topsheet ??

    that makes me worry about bending

    other than that the skis looks sick

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    metal, eh? sholid at shpeed. . . yesh, yesh!
    scroll to "Buy DVD", very bottom of page http://bhandf.com/bhandf%202008/longform.htm I do not work for Bill, just dig his work.

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    Originally posted by bisnibble
    metal layer under the topsheet ??

    that makes me worry about bending

    other than that the skis looks sick
    Yeah, because volkl is breaking new ground here in ski technology by using metal in its skis besides the edges. Unless of course, you're a light one and are worried about not being able to flex/bend them.

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    raaaaaaaaadical . . .
    Craig Kelly is my co-pilot.

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    Re: my new Volkl Karmas

    Originally posted by smiTTy

    They are Volkls so they are gonna be bombproof,
    Two words, Gotama-sidewalls.

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    I thought Volkl stopped using metal (titanium) under the topsheet after last year. My local shop guy returned 11 pairs in 80 sold due to the skis bending just behing the binding.
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    damn now I have to decide between that and the legend.

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    Originally posted by Hayduke
    I thought Volkl stopped using metal (titanium) under the topsheet after last year. My local shop guy returned 11 pairs in 80 sold due to the skis bending just behing the binding.
    The new Karmas don't have a full sheet of metal, but they have a strip just over the sidewall to add a little durabilityto the sidewall and the top sheet
    Living vicariously through myself…

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    You lucky bastard.

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    Yeah, because volkl is breaking new ground here in ski technology by using metal in its skis besides the edges. Unless of course, you're a light one and are worried about not being able to flex/bend them.

    consider my quiver consitst of iggy's and explosiv's I am not worried about flexing them .......... but I have seen volant's that look like spatulas after some idiots get done skiing them

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    whoa!! is that a ninja star on them, i'll be backing off that sheot

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    those things are badass

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