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post #1 of 13
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Just bought some 2011/2012 Pontoons for some (hopefully) deep powder in the Wasatch next winter. I'm 5'11, 175 lbs - the skis are 179. What do you think - should I have went with the 189's?

On the 1-9 scale I'm probably a 6 or 7.

 

Also - they are 132mm wide. Think I can bend a pair of 125mm brakes to fit or wait for a pair of 130s?

 

 

Thanks all

post #2 of 13

Since the 179 K2's measure long they should be fine.
 

post #3 of 13

What bindings are you bending?
 

post #4 of 13

I just got some 179 Pon2oons.  I'm 5'10" 165# and they float pretty damned well.  I went with the 179 instead of the 189 because I do a lot of tree runs and wanted the increased mobility.  

 

130mm Salomon brakes just fit with only a little rubbing but I think I'd have to bend them to fit the 134mm width of the 189mm skis.

post #5 of 13

I'd guess needing 1/32" would be more or a "tweak" than a bend. I made my own arms.

 

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post #6 of 13

do some searching here or on TGR but bending a brake is simple and you can easily bend that brake. for them. I had a Hellbent 179 and K2 measures a little different so they are longer. I would say the 179 is more like most other 184-6.  You will be fine with them either way. Enjoy! nothing like that feeling of surfing on big boards; its a different way of skiing. icon14.gif

post #7 of 13
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The bindings are the Marker 1100 series - I could only find a pair of 125's brakes on ebay, so I bought them.

 

I read the reviews about shorter pontoons in the trees also - sounds like they will be fun.

 

I'll find my metric cloth tape and make some measurements on the length.

 

Thanks all.

post #8 of 13

you could bend much shorter brakes to fit. 

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by dwoof2 View Post

 

I read the reviews about shorter pontoons in the trees also - sounds like they will be fun.

 

 

I've only been able to take my Pon2oons out once, on  5" powder day a couple of weeks ago.   There's this one long stand of trees I like to head down and I was slashing and drifting sideways through there like a rally car on a gravel road.  Holy BALLS it was the most fun I've had on skis -- ever!

 

I didn't expect to even mount the bindings this year but I'm glad I did, just for that one taste.  I'm gonna pee my pants in excitement waiting until next season.

post #10 of 13

Last year on a back country tour I hooked up with a skier who had been in product development with K2. He told me that some of the senior members on the development team were against releasing the Pontoon because it made powder skiing so easy it was like cheating! 

post #11 of 13

I bought a pair of DPS Lotus 138's just for this reason and cat skiing in BC. 

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by dwoof2 View Post

Just bought some 2011/2012 Pontoons for some (hopefully) deep powder in the Wasatch next winter. I'm 5'11, 175 lbs - the skis are 179. What do you think - should I have went with the 189's?

On the 1-9 scale I'm probably a 6 or 7.

 

Also - they are 132mm wide. Think I can bend a pair of 125mm brakes to fit or wait for a pair of 130s?

 

 

Thanks all

 

You'll be fine on those. I'm a bit bigger than you and ski the blue (slightly stiffer) Pontoons in a 179cm length. Had my first outing in 26" of mostly fluffy stuff @ Sugerbush. Took a few runs to figure out what they wanted from me but after that all SMILES  biggrin.gif

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by wooley12 View Post

Last year on a back country tour I hooked up with a skier who had been in product development with K2. He told me that some of the senior members on the development team were against releasing the Pontoon because it made powder skiing so easy it was like cheating! 

 

That's a funny story.

 

I think it goes beyond simply having increased flotation. The ability to get sideways on demand in powder and to land big air with excellent stability is completely awesome. 

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