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Help me choose the right K2 skis

post #1 of 14
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Hello, yeah I know, one of those threads again.  Time for me to change skis and I really want to get K2s.  Their product line has gotten larger over the years and I feel a little intimidated.  So here's my story.

 

-Male 43, 175 lb and pretty good looking

-Expert (been skiing for 30 years)

-Strong skier, but I'm no tekkie (never took lessons)

-Living in the East, ski mostly at Jay Peak, like to take 1-2 tripe per year out West or in the Alps

-I love powder

-I'm more of a short radius type, I (very often) ski in the woods

-I never ski groomers, unless it's to take me to the next powder or tree run

 

I've been on K2 Xplorer (174 I think) for the last 4 seasons.  Love them!  However this time I wouldn't mind going a little wider to gain a little more float in pow.  Plus it seems that the trend and technologies have allowed for better handling on wider skis.  I don't want a "fast" base as it would kill me in the trees and bumps.

 

I was thinking maybe the K2 Sideshow.  But maybe I would be ready for someting even wider.  More than happy to hear your thoughts.

post #2 of 14

update: The more I look into this, the more I think the Hardside 174 might be the answer.  Thoughts?

post #3 of 14

I got this suggestion when I was looking for an off piste ski, I ski in Idaho this would not be a powder ski. Not sure if you are looking for tip/tail rocker, but the hardside as well as most of the side series has a flat tail.

post #4 of 14

I don't have any experience on the Hardside, so I won't comment on that specific ski other than to say that high 90's with some rocker sounds like a really good choice for a jay peak tree ski, IMO.  However, I think you're going too short.  174 is pretty short for a 175# expert skier, especially when we're talking about rockered skis for off-piste skiing.  You would get a lot more stability in 3-D snow by stepping up to a longer length, even if you didn't go wider than what you're currently on.  Go wider and longer, and you'll notice a difference.

 

Edit: just saw mfa81's post that the hardside has a flat tail.  it'll ski a little longer then, but iirc it still has a fairly long tip rocker (not too high, but I seem to recall from looking at it that it goes a pretty good ways into the ski).  I still think the 174 sounds short.

post #5 of 14

Why limit yourself to only one brand when there are so many quality ski makers out there?  I don't get it.

post #6 of 14

Good question JayT.  I've owned lots of different skis over my life, but K2s have always had that special something for me.  Also, if you look at their product line, it is very concentrated on recreation as opposed to competition skiing (All-Mountain, Adventure).  So that says a lot for me and what I can expect from a company who's focus is in line with my ambitions as a skier.  I'm a loyal fan.

post #7 of 14

buy a ski that has a cool top sheet to match your good looks.  one should never go out looking shabbily 

post #8 of 14

I think the better looking you are, the uglier your skis should be. But that's just me. 

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

buy a ski that has a cool top sheet to match your good looks.  one should never go out looking shabbily 
A very good point, but based on what I have seen you have just eliminated most of the K2 skis from being choosen.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Santa View Post

Hello, yeah I know, one of those threads again.  Time for me to change skis and I really want to get K2s.  Their product line has gotten larger over the years and I feel a little intimidated.  So here's my story.

 

-Male 43, 175 lb and pretty good looking

-Expert (been skiing for 30 years)

-Strong skier, but I'm no tekkie (never took lessons)

-Living in the East, ski mostly at Jay Peak, like to take 1-2 tripe per year out West or in the Alps

-I love powder

-I'm more of a short radius type, I (very often) ski in the woods

-I never ski groomers, unless it's to take me to the next powder or tree run

 

I've been on K2 Xplorer (174 I think) for the last 4 seasons.  Love them!  However this time I wouldn't mind going a little wider to gain a little more float in pow.  Plus it seems that the trend and technologies have allowed for better handling on wider skis.  I don't want a "fast" base as it would kill me in the trees and bumps.

 

I was thinking maybe the K2 Sideshow.  But maybe I would be ready for someting even wider.  More than happy to hear your thoughts.

You don't say how tall you are..while a ski doesn't know how tall you are, it can feel how heave you are but leverage does come into play.   The Sideshow is a fine option in wating to go a little wider. We stocked the Sideshow this year because we felt it was a more versatile option for the Aftershock, the ski that replaced your Xplorer (assuming you have the orange one). If your Xplorer is a 174, then it is actually a 177...a 174 K2 was 3cm short. 

post #11 of 14

Dammit Phil (or is that Bill?), you go and spoil this thread with accurate and useful information....  biggrin.gif

 

 

Prickly- ahh, the whole ying/yang balance approach?  Much wisdom

 

Stev- see Prickly's post. this may just prove that the Sideshow is the perfect ski for him. 

 

Cheers! 

post #12 of 14

So Phil.  Care to expand on that versatility comment?

post #13 of 14

he'll reply, he's waged in war at in the carnage called Start Haus ski sale....

post #14 of 14

We all have to work sometime.

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