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K2 Apache Ski Model - Can't Find My Skis!

post #1 of 6
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Hi, guys

 

New member, I have a question.

 

Last year, I bought K2 Apache skis in an end-of-year special.  I was an advanced skier years ago but had been off the slops since 2009.  I didn't want to get a super advanced ski (nor a super long one), and these were a great deal and feel absolutely great.

 

However, I can't find them anywhere online.

 

From pictures, they're identical in design to the K2 Apache Recon from 2010 (http://www.powder7.com/skis/images2010/k2_apacherecon_3a.jpg).

 

However, they don't say "Recon" at the base of the red portion of the tip.  They say "Apache" there instead, and there's no word to clarfy which model within the Apache range they are.

 

Did I get duped into buying a ski meant to be a rental model for ski shops??

 

TIS

post #2 of 6

What you bought was either a rental or some retail chain's special make up (SMU) ski.

 

SMUs are common for larger chains.  Usually they are some midlevel products with nice graphics and model names that mirror a popular series within the manufacturers lines.  It gives the retailer something that its competition will not have.  The Sports Authority is known for having SMUs. 

 

Dennis

 

*I changed a word from Recon to rental.


Edited by Denny1969 - 1/26/12 at 8:28am
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by Denny1969 View Post

What you bought was either a Recon or some retail chain's special make up (SMU) ski.

 

SMUs are common for larger chains.  Usually they are some midlevel products with nice graphics and model names that mirror a popular series within the manufacturers lines.  It gives the retailer something that its competition will not have.  The Sports Authority is known for having SMUs. 

 

Dennis



Thanks for your reply, Dennis.

 

I bought the skis at Mount Everest Ski Shop, a one-off ski store in my area, so it's unlikely it's a Special Make Up destined for a chain, but it's certainly possible.  With the price I paid ($525 for skis, bindings, boots, poles, all brand new), it wouldn't surprise me.  I didn't know SMU existed.

 

If it is an SMU, is it any different from the standard Recon?  Am I using an inferior ski not meant for advanced skiers (despite the Recon's rating as an intermediate-advanced ski)?

 

TIS

post #4 of 6

I worked for a smaller chain called Copeland Sports years ago.  The K2 SMUs that we received had the same dimensions of a top of the line skis, but they lacked the metal layer.  If they were systems type skis instead of flat mounts, they usually had DIN 11 bindings instead of DIN 12 bindings.

 

With that said, the skis were not bad riding skis.  They were actually fun.  A good skier could overpower them, but they would be good fits for most of the general public.

 

Dennis

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Originally Posted by Denny1969 View Post

I worked for a smaller chain called Copeland Sports years ago.  The K2 SMUs that we received had the same dimensions of a top of the line skis, but they lacked the metal layer.  If they were systems type skis instead of flat mounts, they usually had DIN 11 bindings instead of DIN 12 bindings.

 

With that said, the skis were not bad riding skis.  They were actually fun.  A good skier could overpower them, but they would be good fits for most of the general public.

 

Dennis


Thanks again.  I don't know what some of the technical jargon means, I'll admit (D11 vs D12).  I'm a Level 3 skier, and I think my binding is set to "tightness" 8 (is this the DIN number?).

 

What does the metal layer in the ski (which mind theoretically lacks" do?  Just stiffness?  Would that get rid of some of the chatter I get?

 

TIS
 

 

post #6 of 6

Yes, that's the DIN number.  But Denny is referring to the maximum DIN on the binding, not what you're set at.  Men's skis that are sold as a package with 10- or 11-DIN bindings tend to max out at intermediate rating.

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