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- Location: Oakland County, MI
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- Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am
- Location: New Hampshire
- Ski style: Bumps, trees, and steeps and long woodsy XC tours
- Favorite Skis: DH: Voile V6, Altai KOMs, XC: Asnes Gamme 54, Classy Woodies
- Favorite boots: T2Eco, T4, Alaska
- Occupation: Retro Rager-grouch. Flailmeister. E99 Nerd
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- Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:20 pm
- Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada
- Ski style: Nordic backcountry touring
- Favorite Skis: Asnes Ingstad BC; Asnes Gamme 54 BC; Asnes Falketind 62;Asnes Storetind Carbon
- Favorite boots: Alfa Guard Advance BC; Alpina Alaska BC; Scarpa T4
- Occupation: Forestry Professional
Instructor at Maritime College of Forest Technology
Husband, father, farmer and logger
#1 is that I grip-waxed the entire base this year- this transformed this ski for me and meant that it gripped and glided superbly in cold soft snow (which I get a lot of) and meant that I could charge up and down my local glades and ravines without having to use skins.
The Kom is a superb BC touring for turns ski- it floats, it breaks trail superbly-
It turns beautifully- it is stable and supportive, yet it turns on the dime and particularly loves to make smeary floaty turns on both soft snow and spring corn.
It is perfect for skiing tight lines in the Northwoods.
The other thing I have discovered is that I like it better than the Hok as a bushwacking ski...
It turns better, it tracks better, and it glides better...(and with grip wax, it climbs just as effectively as the Hok).
For bushwacking in gentle to moderate terrain- lately I have been using my Kom with my light, soft Lofoten boot (instead of my Hok) (I do a lot of skiing like this with my 8-year old autistic son- he on his Balla Hok- who loves to explore in the woods.) On gentle to moderate terrain, I love the Kom with the softer BC-XC boot (much more than my T4 in this context). The one thing I prefer about the Hok- in this context- is that it is lighter- especially due to the much heavier binding that I have on the Kom.
I have an extra set of 3-pin cable bindings sitting on my shelf...I might just swap it for the 3-pin hardwire on this ski...
As a dedicated ski the Kom can certainly cover what the Hok offers and MUCH more.
We have two pairs of Hoks- one with the universal binding. I do prefer the universal binding as a utilitarian bushwacking ski- I use it both on the farm and in my forestry work. It is a huge advantage to be able to wear work/field/hunting/chainsaw boots and then clip into a ski to travel on the job.
Anyway- love the Kom!!!
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.