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On-slope ski durability

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I wanted a pair of lightweight, easy turning, flexible (read flimsy) skis, and I got them.

The new K2s handle beautifully, but the base material is so soft it seems to gouge and rip if i even run over a shadow of a pebble or stone on the slopes.

I've skied entire seasons on other skis and not experienced the craters and gouges the K2s suffered in just 3 days of skiing.

The bases seem to be made out of the same material used for the plastic lids on cans of coffee and nuts (such as cashews). Oh, and they seem to have lost their camber in 3 days of use, as well.
post #2 of 10

"Quality endures long after the price is forgotten"

post #3 of 10

"The new K2s handle beautifully". That's the mark of quality.

 

Scratches, dings and camber are irrelevant if the skis continue to work well - and I've had some great days on ripped up bases. It is another issue if the damage adversely affects the ski's handling.

 

Eric

post #4 of 10

lost camber?

 

Now they can fill the need for big mountain powder!

post #5 of 10

different ski models have different durability. in part, you get what you pay for. durability may be better in some other skis. just sayin'.


Edited by davluri - 4/20/11 at 10:43am
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post

I wanted a pair of lightweight, easy turning, flexible (read flimsy) skis, and I got them.

The new K2s handle beautifully, but the base material is so soft it seems to gouge and rip if i even run over a shadow of a pebble or stone on the slopes.

I've skied entire seasons on other skis and not experienced the craters and gouges the K2s suffered in just 3 days of skiing.

The bases seem to be made out of the same material used for the plastic lids on cans of coffee and nuts (such as cashews). Oh, and they seem to have lost their camber in 3 days of use, as well.


Hmm, I'm having a bit of trouble believing this story of the destroyed skis. Chamber gone after 3 days, and bases as soft as coffee can lids? Hmm, not buying it. Now if these were K2 from the early 90's, I could buy it maybe.  I have several pairs of K2s and beat the crap out of them, they seem to hold up for me. However I have skis that have wood and metal cores, I hate flimsy skis. I also take shots to the bases as the cost of skiing at a mountain as rocky as Squaw.   Also do you think that K2 would sell many skis if their skis are as bad as you say, word like that travels fast.

 

What model of K2? 

 

Also there are sometimes flaws in production runs, if they are really defective I would take them back to where you got them and ask them to have K2 warranty them, see how that plays out.  

 

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
In fact my K2 escapes from 2002 are quite durable.

These are the K2 Wired. From Sports Authority.

I plan on patching the bases and sking them all next season.

They probably handle so well because they get lighter as the day goes on, from losing base material.

Placed base to base against my living room wall, the bases are flush. I do remember some camber when I bought them on March 12th.
post #8 of 10

If you said Sports authority there is your explanation right there.Nothing else need be said.

post #9 of 10

Yep... some manufacturers of really good performance skis (Rossignol, K2, and others) also make "recreational" skis for some of the big box retailers like Sports Authority.  They'll even have names and graphics 'similar' to their performance models.  For example, I've got K2 "Apache Recons", and K2 "Apache Outlaws" (MSRP $1,250.00 at ski shops) - Sports Authority had K2 "Apache" skis for maybe $250.00.  I once bought a pair of Rossignol Axium skis at an end of season sale at Sports Authority for only $7.00 !  Basically foam core, very flexy -  but at that time I was only skiing 1 or 2 days a year. They now make good outdoor decorations around Christmas !  That was the one and only time I'll buy "recreational" skis at Sports Authority.  It is true, you do get what you pay for with skis, and unfortunately, good performance skis can be quite expensive.   Knowing what I know now, if I were on a budget and needed new skis, I would look for a good condition pair of used skis prior to buying "recreational" skis at Sports Authority.  Especially this time of year - my local craigslist has some really good deals on performance skis with  great bindings for $250 or less - but it may take a while to find something you really want in the right size used.

 

All that being said, if you're enjoying the skis that you have, and they're performing well for you - enjoy !  A great skier on fence boards can ski better than a terrible skier on $2,000 skis !

 

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post



These are the K2 Wired. From Sports Authority.

 


Ok, let me get this straight. You buy skis built for people that hardly ski from a big chain sporting goods store and then you whine when they fall apart. Is that what happened?

 

First of all you get what you pay for when it comes to skis, secondly really you buy skis from Sports Authority. LOL. too funny. Lastly I have never heard of these skis and I know K2s line up pretty well. Man, thanks for the laugh. Have fun with your "skis".

 

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