Hi everyone :)
I'm a newbie here so please forgive me if I don't know the protocols. I would like to get some opinion on the above skis from you guys :)
I have been skiing for several years now and progressed from green to easy blue slopes and after buying a new pair of stiffer ski boots, I've been doing blue slopes more regularly now. I'm looking to progress to difficult blues and doing blacks comfortably in the future but my current skis are probably not too suitable for that.
I'm 175cm (5'9") and ~82kg (180lbs). My current skis are 155cm old rental Nordica freefour skis and great for initiating turns but becomes squirrelly at faster speeds and the edge grip is not too good. I reckon I would classify myself as an Intermediate and would like to get new technology skis which would allow me to get into skiing blues easily without being overpowering but still allow me to progress over time.
I've been doing my research and would like to focus on only K2 skis, the Shockwave and Rictor. I am leaning towards the Shockwave as it seems to be more forgiving and flexible for someone of my level but the local store is having a discount and the rictor is only 20 dollars more expensive than the shockwave. I am tempted to get the rictor with its hybritech sidewall and metal laminate technology but am afraid that it is 1 grade above my level and I would have trouble getting used to it. The reviews for the Rictor were all great (4.5-5/5 stars) while the shockwave was more lukewarm (3-4stars).
Also, for the shockwave, the length of the ski would be 163cm while the rictor will be 160cm.
Thanks for your help guys!
Edited by Fortini - 11/22/11 at 12:27pm