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2010 K2 Extreme


Pros: Really forgiving, look great

Cons: Not the best at speed

I demoed these skis at ESA Aspen and had a total blast on them.  They're incredibly forgiving and worked great on all types of terrain, everything from deep powder to groomers.  They're a bit chattery at speed because they're not incredibly stiff, but that's what makes them so fun in most other scenarios.  If you're interested, I suggest you demo a pair as well.


Pros: Retro Design, Stiffness, Tough Ptex

Cons: Top Sheets chip too easily

These are only my 2nd pair of K2s, my first were a pair of 185 Comps that I bought in the early 90s and had been my favorite ski of all time, and I've had many pairs of 90s-early 00 era skis.  This was also my first "fat" ski; I've skied my whole life on the East Coast until 2010, when I moved to California and was sold on these at the SF Ski Expo.  I was set on getting K2s and the retro design of these skis were reminiscent of the K2 Extremes Glenn Plake skied on 20 years ago.  I paired them up with a set of Marker Griffons and only got a couple days in of the epic 2010 season in Tahoe, for the last 2 seasons I've skied them in Colorado and they have worked perfectly in our less than desirable conditions.  I spend as much time as I can in the trees and these work great there, whether it's in a few inches of fresh or cruddy afternoon conditions they still perform well.  Surprisingly they hold a great edge on icy hard pack and carve groomers well.  My biggest mistake when buying these was getting the 174 length, the salesman sold me on the length but I should've listed to my gut and gone with at least the 179s.  Up until I got these I'd been skiing 205 Soloman F9s.  So my problems with skis are more to do with them being too short for a big guy like myself than the skis themselves, although the top sheets getting chipped and hacked up is pretty weak and I chalk this up to K2 now being made in china :(. 


Pros: Stable on all but the most glacial conditions , very durable and easy on the knees.

Cons: None--

A great running ski over all terrain---woods, crud, hard pack, groomed and bumps. Absorbs rough terrain very well. A fun ski at high speed or low speed. Light weight and very durable. Love them -- just a lot of fun for an old guy that has not grown up (when it comes to skiing). Looking for another pair. At 5'8" 180 lbs, the 167s suit me well. Very cool ski.


Pros: sturdy, has great pop, great for pow/park/and groomed, easy to control.

Cons: top chips easily

I've had these skis for this season and i love them. I like to go all over the mountain and these all mountain twins really let me do that. They were great in the pow right after storms and were great on newly groomed surfaces as well. I also took them in the woods and they did great. The only problem ive had with them is the rom graffics scratch and chip extremely easily. Also, directly under the top layer is a bright green layer so you can clearly notive every cosmetic chip. Other than that i loved the ski.


Pros: Forgiving in bumps, Hold a solid line when on edge

Cons: Relatively heavy for park

I just purchased a pair of the 09/10 Extremes as replacements for my 06/07 Public Enemies when they die (they're not dead yet...).  The later versions of the PE and the short-lived (2 yr) Extreme are the same ski.


I love my PEs in spring bumps, especially on steep slopes when I am skiing the fall line and get a bit outside my comfort zone.  Compared to my other (skinnier) skis, there's lots of surface area to keep in contact with the snow to help manage speed.  Also, when you just so happen to head directly into a bump, the big upturn on the relatively soft shovel will prevent you from "spearing" the bump (yes I've done that--but not on these skis) and absorb some of the impact to help keep you on your feet.


These are solid (relatively heavy) skis.  Tipped on edge they do a good job of cutting through crud.  Grip on Eastern ice is above average.   


I have dabbled in the park (not skilled), and found these heavy when working on basic spins at relatively low speeds.


Regarding durability, while it is true that the topsheet gets cut up easily, it is thick and there are only a couple of thin slices on my skis where I got all the way through the topsheet.  This is after 4 years of use and my PEs are still going strong, so I think the fact that the topsheet scratches easily is a purely cosmetic issue.  I gave the skis 4 stars for durability, but I could have given 5.


My bindings are the plain old Marker 12 din freeride "jib" bindings, and I like 'em just fine.  No pre-release issues for me.


Assuming the Extremes have the same mounting lines as the PEs did (forward and back with 7 cm in between), I agree with other reviewers that a good all mountain mounting point is 2cm forward of the rear line. 




Pros: easy turn initiation, pop, bumps

Cons: spinning, high speed turns, chatter


Fun all mountain ski, one thing really nice about it is that not only on firmer snow but in softer snow it initiates turns easier than other skis of comparable width. Soaks up bumps and is really my favorite bump ski, poppy enough to hop over a few bumps in a row and it lands solidly into the next turn. Overall I ski it every day and my biggest gripe is that because of the heavy sidecut and soft flex it does not like to make larger radius turns, also as far as jibbing it seems to have a heavy swing weight.


Durability - It hasnt let a binding rip out yet but the top sheet on the sides gets gouged in pretty easily, a few of these i've covered up because you could barely see the wood core and moisture could seep in. The bases seem to be pretty solid, and take rocks pretty well.


Pros: Cost & Performance

Cons: Top Sheet Durability

Great all mountain ski.  I tend to ski 80% moguls and 20% groomers.  The most noticeable trait of the Extremes is how stable they are at speed and how quickly they snap out of a turn.  The only negative is the durability of the top sheet.  At the end of an 8 hour day the skis have their battle wounds.  However, if you're looking for performance over pretty, this is the ski.


Pros: Twin Tips, Triaxel Braided, Woodcore, Great Base (Durable and an awesome design), ABS Sidewalls

Cons: Scratches Easily on Top and Sides, "Wobbles," or "Chatters" at higher speeds

 Overall a really great ski. I live in the midwest, so not a lot of big mountain anything, but I'd say that this ski is great. I've never skied on twin tips before, and my first time out on them I had a blast riding switch. I found that they handled rough and icy snow pretty well, and they really had a good edge. I have Marker Free bindings on mine, and the air pad technology with the ABS sidewalls really made for good landings in the park. After racing one of my friends down the mountain, I started to feel a considerable amount of wobble and chatter as I reached faster speeds, but it was only a small nuisance. After a good 7 hour day of skiing there were a couple dings on the top corners where the sidewalls and the top sheet met, but I wasn't too concerned about it- I took a small amount of hot glue and filled the dings up and smoothed them out with a wet paper towel. So all in all, this skill is really great: the pros totally outweigh the cons, and it's a great ski for someone looking to get into the park without sacrificing the rest of the mountain.


Pros: Do everything ski, even powder (amazingly good at pow)

Cons: As good as you could ask for a true all mountain ski.

Big people might find the 179cm too short.

2010 K2 Extreme

The Extreme Alpine Ski is K2's tribute to all things radical, dudical, and totally gnarly. Modeled on last year's do-it-all frontside freestyle weapon, the Public Enemy, the Extreme borrows a killer topsheet from the late 80's icon to boost your retro steeze off the charts. Recent modifications like triaxial-braided, torsion box construction mean this wood-cored plank will perform consistently in variable conditions, from East Coast ice rinks to Sierra slop and most everywhere in between. And much like a neon one-piece or a 3-foot-tall mohawk would, the Extreme's graphic radness allows unabashed exploitation of the old school trick catalog although its directional twintip design will work fine for modern takeoffs and landings as well. We think they're called switch-eroo and involve something called a terrain park but that's all new to us. Now, if they just came in 210cm

Lengths159cm, 164cm, 169cm, 174cm, 179cm
Dimensions118 / 85 / 109mm
Core MaterialTorsion Box fir
Binding SystemNo
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended UseBackscratching, Twisting, Spreading, Kosaking, Iron-Crossing, all-mountain skiing
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
Top SheetTotally freakin' awesome
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Style: S08304159, Size: 159cmS08304159714636237968
Style: S08304164, Size: 164cmS08304164714636237975
Style: S08304169, Size: 169cmS08304169714636237982
Style: S08304179, Size: 179cmS08304179714636238002
Style: S08304174, Size: 174cmS08304174714636237999

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