Lo-Fi wrote:I have guide/annums and Koms.
I also just had a fun day with a group of four guys who all had the hoks, and while I was on the Koms, I got to observe and try the hoks. It was funny to see how much the choice of ski/skoe determined the terrain they sought out. The hok climbs like crazy so their lines up were mostly too steep for the Koms. The hoks also don't glide that well so they looked for very steep areas to just get and keep some momentum. The hoks are so short that they could manoeuvre through super tight hemlock stands. The combined effect was mostly past the limit of the Koms - or certainly of me on the Koms. The terrain demanded that they did a lot of jump turns and skidding, leaned back, truncated tele and parallel turns.
To a snowshoer the hoks may seem like a ski, but at least to this skier, they seemed a bit more like snowshoes.
Koms really are and act like a smooth, fast gliding, floating, carving, and true ski compared to the hoks. They float nicely in soft snow and pivot and can bite in on harder snow.
The Koms do feel like they shuffle more than kick&glide compared to the the longer, narrower, lighter and more nimble feeling guide/annums . However, when you get to your turning slopes, the Koms are more fun than the guide/annums.
Thanks for the response, it helps a lot. I have been very curious about a 1:1 comparison to the Hoks. What size Koms are you on? I am drawn to them because they are very much an elongated Hok, with a waxless base. Probably a great play ski for the rolling backwoods terrain and up and down fun runs that are so accessible to me, but you make me wonder if they lose some of the easy climb ability and tight woodland turnability that the Hoks provide, without a whole lot of gain in the k&g/touring department.
Do they glide on the flats much better than the Hoks?
Boy the Annums come up every where I look, gotta be the most ubiquitous BC ski.
This is difficult.