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ObSETHeD 2012: What length and bindings?

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I am going to get the 2012 K2 Obsethed and am deciding between 179 and 189. I am going to be living in/near SLC by next winter (for anyone who remembers my thread from a few months ago, I am not there yet because my girlfriend wasn't ready to leave the midwest, but she is ready now so we'll be moving before next winter) and hopefully doing most of my skiing at Snowbird, with the occasional trip to JHole, Squaw, etc.. I am 165 pounds and 5'11". 19 year old male. I am a very aggressive skier. I want the Obsethed for the powder days, I'll ski something else when the snow is more than a few days old. I want to be able to stick the landings of big drops, but also make quick turns in tight steep chutes and take them through glades (but still only when the snow is fresh). I don't care at all how they'll perform on low snow, groomers, ice, moguls, etc. I'm also not concerned with the wide open powder fields, if that was my concern I'd be getting a different ski. Available lengths are 169, 179, 189. 169 is out, I was leaning towards 189 but after talking to someone I started putting more thought into the 179. One thing he told me is that since the ski is only 117 underfoot, 189 would be too long for a ski that narrow in his opinion, not sure if other people feel the same way about only going long on fat skis. I've always liked skis on the shorter end but since I want to do big drops on these, going short might not be a good idea in this case. I also don't know what bindings to get and I know very little about bindings, so I'll just rely on whatever people suggest.

 

Any suggestions are very much appreciated, and let me know if I can provide any other information that would be helpful. Thanks.

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What length and what model are you on now and are you happy with it? Are you planning to do park style tricks and ski switch on them--that seems to be what they're marketed for, If so you might go with a shorter length than if not.  The ski has a lot of rocker--looks like it would ski very short.   I haven't skied them.  You might try posting on TGR--you'll probably hear from more people who have skied them than you will here.  And make sure you post in tech talk if you don't want to be flamed (you'll probably be flamed anyway for not skiing the longest widest ski  known to man.)

 

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I am currently on 169 K2 Extremes (same as K2 Public Enemy). I live in Minnesota so I mainly ski them on groomers and I am happy with them here, but when I go on ski trips and jump off boulders and cliffs and ski other off-piste terrain and bumps in fresh snow they feel significantly too small. I won't be doing much/any tricks or switch on the Obsethed but I will be jumping off cliffs and probably hitting ridges at high speed. Pretty much everything off-piste. I have my Extremes for anything I want to do in the park or on-piste in general. The 2012 Obsethed is much more for off-piste compared to older, skinnier models of the Obsethed which were more park skis.

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I was given these in 179cm length when heli skiing last week in BC.  I'm 5'7" and 165".

 

They were OK in the wide open powder bowls, but to honest did not do it for me. They are very heavy, and not that responsive.  If one of your objectives is quick turns in chutes and glades I would definitely demo them before you buy them.

 

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Thanks for the input. I know that since I want to have a fairly big ski that can land big drops I'll have to make some sacrifice in the area of chutes and glades. Living in Minnesota, I don't have the opportunity to demo skis like this and I want something before I move to Utah (and I want to get these before they sell out) so as much as I want to demo them first, I don't have much choice. I am more concerned with having something that will be stable on landings than being able to turn; I can still straightline chutes, and glades usually don't require really tight turns. Being able to make tight turns is a secondary concern that I don't want to get in the way of being able to do the big drops, etc.

 

 



 

 

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