Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum and have spent hours searching and reading on replacement skis for my tired k2's. I'm 41, 5'10" and 200#'s. I live in NW Pa. and ski locally except for a trip west every year. I ski groomers, trees, powder and bowls depending on conditions. I have used these skis to do all that without many problems but, I'm looking to upgrade. Something that works alittle better off trail but still carves like what I'm have now would be perfect. I'm currently looking at k2 rictor's and aftershock's and Rossi e88's. BTW my current skis are 181's. Suggestions? I could continue to use my current skis for the flat hills here if need be, so I could get a more of a western resort ski for my trips. Thanks.
Looking to replace tired K2 axis mod x's
Of the three skis that you have mentioned, I have only skied the the K2 Rictor and Aftershock. Between the two, the Aftershock will be the better fit for what you want to accomplish. The extra width will allow you to have more off piste accessibility, but the shape will allow you to ski groomers all day with confidence. Stick with the 181.
Thanks for the input. I would assume they will have a similar feel to my current skis (which I like). You can make yourself dizzy trying to study all the different skis on the market. I'm just hoping to find a "new and improved" version of what I have.
It has been years since I have skied on a Mod X, but K2 has been consistent keeping that smooth riding feel throughout its lineup over the years. You will not have a difficult transition.
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I flat wore out a pair of K2 Mod X skis! I remember the "Wow factor!" from the first time I skied them. I couldn't imagine anything ever being better. And I loved them up until the day we parted. That said, the proliferation of new designs with the accompanying improvement in performance is amazing. I keep experiencing the "Wow factor!" every time I score a new pair of skis.
Standard advice would be to rent some of the contenders, making selections based solely on your personal checklist (criteria), eh? But that does not always seem to be possible.
Epic Ski is a huge resource that can surely help you make an informed choice via the search feature. Type in the name of one of your contenders into the search feature and you'll get dozens if not hundreds of hits. Some of these will no doubt offer useful insights into the characteristics of a particular model you're considering. There are also some expert reviewers "hangin' around" Epic Ski.
Given your annual trip West -- hoping for abundant powder, I'd imagine -- seemingly one of the ca. 98mm underfoot skis might serve you well.