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Volkl Blaze 86w

diymom

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
If anyone tall is looking, or maybe for their DH, there's a gently used pair of 173 with system bindings near me for $275.
 

Iwannaski

Angel Diva
If anyone tall is looking, or maybe for their DH, there's a gently used pair of 173 with system bindings near me for $275.
CURIOUS…. Do you have any more info?
I’m sure we could n+1 these into our fleet, but obviously, I’m not near you.
 

lisamamot

Angel Diva
If anyone tall is looking, or maybe for their DH, there's a gently used pair of 173 with system bindings near me for $275.
This could be a great ski for my daughter who is 5'11" and I am near you @diymom! Please message me details. I am in the process of verifying that it is the same ski as the flat.
 
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elemmac

Angel Diva
there's a 166 with kingpins and skins, skied around 5 times in MA for $350. Mounted for a 27.5.
Any details on where these were available.... curious if they still are still available, and details on skis/skins/binding year and model. I'd have to factor in remounting them (not ideal IMO, but for the right price I could be swayed).
 

diymom

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Any details on where these were available.... curious if they still are still available, and details on skis/skins/binding year and model. I'd have to factor in remounting them (not ideal IMO, but for the right price I could be swayed).
Not available any more. I kept an eye on them and surprisingly they lasted about a week before they were marked sold.
CURIOUS…. Do you have any more info?
I’m sure we could n+1 these into our fleet, but obviously, I’m not near you.
Sorry, since I knew @lisamamot was close I told her it was on FB and she jumped on it and found the listing and responded to it before I had a chance to dig it up and send it to her.
 

tinymoose

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I finally got to try the Volkl Blaze 86W at Holiday Valley in a 152 at the Your Turn Women's Clinic. They're a 152 and definitely skied much shorter and felt turnier than my Faction Agents (154 in length). I'm sure some of that was the length and some of it the sidecut. At least the tip of the Blaze looked wider proportional to the waist than my Factions. Felt like they were a similar stiffness to my Factions, although my Factions may feel a bit less stiff tail to tip so maybe the Blaze are a hair more longitudinally stiff? Not a huge difference, though, either way. Definitely didn't get to try out their edge hold as it was gloopy mashed potatoes for two days straight due to warm temps and rain.
 

tinymoose

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I will say, I saw the three radii on the Blaze and it just felt soooo turny to me, so I definitely lack the skillset to utilize/find the R20 and R17. lol ETA: I also don't entirely get how that whole 3D radius thing works.
 

MissySki

Angel Diva
I will say, I saw the three radii on the Blaze and it just felt soooo turny to me, so I definitely lack the skillset to utilize/find the R20 and R17. lol ETA: I also don't entirely get how that whole 3D radius thing works.
Perhaps on firm snow it would be more obvious to start? You can just tip them and carve big swoopy turns and switch up between turn sizes on a dime. When I demoed them I had no idea about the multiple radii thing.. when I read about them later that day I was like oh okay THAT is what I was feeling there! Light bulb moment lol.
 

tinymoose

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Perhaps on firm snow it would be more obvious to start? You can just tip them and carve big swoopy turns and switch up between turn sizes so easily. When I demoed them I had no idea about the multiple radii thing.. when I read about them later that day I was like oh okay THAT is what I was feeling there! Light bulb moment lol.
Well you're also a much better skier than I am with a lot more experience under your belt, which is probably why you're better able to feel it/utilize it.
 

MissySki

Angel Diva
Well you're also a much better skier than I am with a lot more experience under your belt, which is probably why you're better able to feel it/utilize it.
I totally disagree, you are a great skier who is very in tune with the skis you are on and knowledgeable about how to bend a ski in general. Especially with the racing stuff you’ve done. That’s why I mentioned it might have been the conditions making it more or less obvious, I don’t think it’s you at all. I demoed them in firm early season conditions.
 

Pequenita

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I will say, I saw the three radii on the Blaze and it just felt soooo turny to me, so I definitely lack the skillset to utilize/find the R20 and R17. lol ETA: I also don't entirely get how that whole 3D radius thing works.
I asked about the 3 radii thing on SkiTalk last year, i.e., is it a gimmick??, and my takeaway is that it's the difference between being lazy in your turns and not lazy. :noidea: More lazy turn = longer radius.

Also, I agree with @MissySki . You sell yourself short, @tinymoose !!
 

elemmac

Angel Diva
Not available any more. I kept an eye on them and surprisingly they lasted about a week before they were marked sold.
Thanks for the verification. It's probably for the best...considering I really don't need another pair of skis...especially for touring. haha
 

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