Thought I would post a brief review of the 2010/2011 K2 Rictor in case anyone is wondering if they're worth shelling out for.
I am a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol (volunteer), and ski pretty much every type of terran there is out here in the Alberta Rockies. I've been through an arsenal of skis over the past 30 years and for Christmas, my wife treated me to a brand new pair of skis....have five pair but they are all trashed from patrolling LOL! I am 5"10", and weigh 175lbs.
After a ton of research, I was consistently gravitating toward to the new K2 Rictor because it had all the qualities I loved in an All Mountain. My only concerns? The Rocker design, and what length to choose. After being educated by knowledgeable techs, I was told the Rocker's were fantastic for diverse snow conditions, but to go 5-10cm longer than what I usually ski on since deeper snow will make the ski feel smaller due to the reverse camber.
SO...I took the plumger and bought them on Boxing Day....Sportcheck had them on sale for $759 including binding and mount. I took them out for the first time on December 28 for a full day at Sunshine Village. Got there early enough to catch first tracks in 4" of fresh stuff....not a lot, but better than nothing. These skis were an absolute blast!! I have owned several skis, and these are definitely the best I have ever owned in terms of diversity.
* These skis want to go FAST. At high speeds, they are rock solid.
* When transitioning from groomers/packed to crud or powder, you barely notice because of the rockered tip...very cool.
* Quick response when carving, and they hold their edge very well.
* A true all mountain ski.
* The Marker MX 12 bindngs are your only choice. They are mostly plastic, but they hold up well (so far!)
* Ugly graphics, but if you like green, not too bad!!
* If you go too short of a length, you will have a hard time in off-piste. I would surely go with the 174 if you ski a 170. The longest they make is a 181 but I couldn't find this length in Calgary.
If you've been thinking about this ski...DO IT! You won't regret it.