Originally Posted by core2
So I had 09 K2 Apache Recons (78 all mountain) and got some new K2 Shockwaves with the exact same specs but a little tip and tail "rocker." Will I hate them? This thread is giving me fears.
It is basically the same ski. I'd be surprised they didn't seem to be very familiar to you.
At the same time, in my opinion, the Recon (and to that extend the shockwave, as it is a VERY similar ski) are an example of an obselete design and how far all mountain skis have come in just a few years.
Recons were amazingly popular circa 2006. I had a pair, and it seemed like 1 in 4 people skiing had them. At the time, they basically set the standard as to what an all-mountain ski was.
But now, compared to all the better stuff on the market, I view it as a ski that really doesn't do anything well. There are tons of skis that in my eyes offer bettetr hard snow AND soft snow performance.
My everyday ski is a 189 CM Kung Fujas, and yes, they ski hard snow better than my recons did.
If I was looking for a ski in the general class as the recons, I would by the Volkl Kendo.