: ...I snapped up 2 pair of the 165s, one for myself and one for my VT daughter...(~$140 at the time)...It is an absolute beast that just eats up crud, junk, crust, etc. and of course it is a joy in powder. It isn't super quick in in bumps but it is plenty quick enough for this bump lover...
Denis - This is too weird for words ... do you realize:
1) We are probably the only two guys at WT (and probably in the mid-Atlantic) on Explosivs. I taught for the last couple of weeks of last season on them;
2) We are probably among the few adult male skiers in the world of reasonable ability that are using and singing the praises of 165 Explosivs. Other than a couple of TGR maggots, almost everyone else thinks 165's are absurdly short for decent skiers;
3) We are probably among the few people in the world who think nothing of taking their Explosivs out on hardpack, and think they are quite servicable in the bumps. I have often said that if I had to pick just one ski to take on a trip, and had absolutely no idea what sort of snow or terrain I would be skiing, I would pick the Explosivs. I would much rather be caught on them on ice than caught on a pr of hypercarvers in crud;
4) We both got great deals on our skis, but I can beat your price. I got our wizard TT model for free when a certain ski shop in Columbia, MD mis-mounted a pair of bindings on other skis and gave me a choice of any Volkl ski as a replacement.
5) We are probably among the only people in the world who bought the exact same skis for their daughters. My intent was for my daughter to use it in a few years, but she insisted on trying it at 11 y.o., and, much to my amazement, was completely dialed in after just a couple of turns. When we are skiing together on a real powder day, she claims the 165's, and I get to go back to my 190 Explosivs.
BTW, in the interest of full disclosure, Denis and I are not brothers separated at birth
, but we did work in the same lab in similar areas of science roughly 25 years ago. We lost track of each other until one evening last season when he jumped on the expert chair at WT in the middle of an instructor's clinic. He was fully covered up, but as soon as he started to speak, I realized it was him.
Tom / PM
PS - TRomano, don't be so sure that the Explosivs will be too much ski for you. While burly, they are absurdly easy to maneuver. See my comment above about my daughter.