Just tried these out om AJAX and Aspen Highlands. A ski that truly is a jack of all trades and a master of none, which ISN'T a bad thing at all. Handled well in powder, bumps, crud, and even ice. I'm keeping mine.
2009 K2 Apache Xplorer w/ Marker MX 14.0 Binding Reviews
Pros: Great all Mountain ski
Cons: Deep snow
Me: 42 5'10" 200# expert skier. I ski it all, steeps, trees, groomers, shutes, terrain park (not like I used to though:-) I also race in a beer league. I demoed the K2 Xplorer (177) for a week in Tahoe 2/19/10. The week conditions had a bit of everything to offer but mainly it consisted of powder (the sierra kind) and packed powder. It took no time to get used to this ski, it felt natural from the very first turn to the last. I first had it on the groomers and it loves to rail fast turns it doesnt wash out and it handled high speeds better then I thought it would. Then we skied the trees were when weighted a bit forward is a surprisingly quick and nimble ski, it was as quick as I...(read more)
Pros: good edge grip and stable at speed
Cons: None really
I really like the quickness and versatility of these skis. They handle bumps and groomed very well. The intergrated binding has the new heel system which gives greater hold on the back of the boot. This gives it great edge hold on hard snow. Haven't skied any real soft snow or powder yet.
Pros: Too easy to ski
Cons: Built for older guys
Personally, I like more feedback from a ski. The Xplorer (and and little brother Recon) were too smooth and did everything well with no fanfare. Great ski for a guy over 50 (like the Lexus) that just wants a nice ski to be "ridden" as compared to a Volkl that like a BMW, likes to be "driven".