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For a beginner BC skiers, how does this sound.  I elected toprobably not buy all the gear this year because of cost.  However ?  K2 Coomba skis 181 with Marker dukes for $350 appear to be in really excell condition.  Have never skied these so going to try and demo Sun or Mon.  Anyone have any comments on this set up.  They appear to be about 2 yrs old, haven't talked to owner yet.  Comments appreciated.   Me.  old fart, 190 skinning etc. will be brand new to me.  Ski now on Blizzard Bonafides 180 and S7's  188. Posting this because basically know nothing about these skis.  thanks Pete

post #2 of 15

Here's a review on the  Coomba from a few years back. Sounds like a good fit. And a good price too.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/63700/k2-coomba
 

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Originally Posted by wooley12 View Post

Here's a review on the  Coomba from a few years back. Sounds like a good fit. And a good price too.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/63700/k2-coomba
 

 

Thanks Wooley 12,  think I will demo Monday, found out they're about 4 SEASONS old but they're in almost perfect condition. Holidays impressions are on the mark, I know him and have skied sugar bowl with him, he is an awewsome pro skier.  thanks for your comments and the reference.

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I have a pair of 2011-2012 Coombacks in the 187 cm length which I use for mid-season touring in deep snow. They aren't the lightest skis I own and with the Marker binding you are looking at a significant weight penalty once skins are added to the mix. I use Dynafits with my Coombacks and still I find the skis heavy enough that I use my other touring skis most of the time. (e.g. Scotts, Volkls and Dynafits).

 

I suspect the skis you have in mind are more than two years old, given that the name of the ski switched from Coomba to Coomback several years ago. With the name change have also come some design changes/improvements. The newer Coomback has earned many accolades and has won the ski-of-the-year award from various editors and reviewers. 

 

I can say the Coomback is a dream to ski, though I don't find it very lively. It is easy to turn and very stable in powder and variable conditions. Might be too damp for some tastes. If I were to have only one K2 touring ski it would be the Wayback (at a svelte 88 mm underfoot). The Wayback is lighter, and more suited to spring touring conditions where firmer snow would make the much wider Coomback a drag on traverses.

 

That said, the price you quoted is an excellent one.
 

post #5 of 15

When I was looking for a PNW ski I found an almost never used 190 Atomic Sugar Daddy's with Marker Griffons on them at a Play It Again Sports in central NY for $60!!! I asked my super skier son if they would be good for me and he said "Yeah, if you were 30 years younger and learned to ski fast."  I'm on Manaslus and love them. Rocker and light weight is key for me.

 

The Daddy's made a nice bench

 

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Sounds like a good deal to me.  The Coomba is pretty much a classic, and The Dukes make for an easy segue from alpine to AT.  If the weight and tourability of the Dukes get to you, there's a pretty good market for used ones.  

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Got some more info. on the phone today.  think I will demo them Monday supposed to be a powder day with storms coming in this eve and lasting thru Sunday.   Bindings-Barons, size large which will put me at their apex. with my 305 shell size, thinkks they are the 2008 model year.  $300 on the phone.  the large binding will be ok if fitted right but it will be putting me a little forward, don't know if this will be good or bad or indifferent but will be able to tell when Demo.  Unless someone comes up with some negatives probably just wait and see how they ride.

 

thanks for the comments everyone.  Appreciate. Pete

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I bought the skis.   Coomba's  Marker Baron bindings, 4 yrs old, perfect condition, 101mm under foot.  Skied in variable conditions today.  Junk, crud, heavy powder, some with a 1/4in crust. My overall impression was, " a very forgiving ski".

 

Anyone have any suggestions on my purchasing Skins, What, where etc. ?  Thanks

post #9 of 15

You can get good 125mm cosmetic seconds from Black Diamond:

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/web-specials/ascension-nylon-sts-skins-cosmetic-2nds

 

$112.00 is a good deal for those skins this time of year.  Trim to fit, but instructions come with the skins, or we can walk you through it.  

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You can get good 125mm cosmetic seconds from Black Diamond:

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/web-specials/ascension-nylon-sts-skins-cosmetic-2nds

 

$112.00 is a good deal for those skins this time of year.  Trim to fit, but instructions come with the skins, or we can walk you through it.  

Thanks Bob will check it tomorrow.

post #11 of 15
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Thanks everyone.   Have the skis, bindings and skins not gotta get out and learn how to use.  Thankyou to everyone who chipped in advice.  Think I will start in my driveway learning the ropes. Heres driveway

 

 

 

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That is a good deal.  I may need to drop some $$ just on principle at that price.

 

Congrats, Pete, and welcome to the fun side of the mountain!  

 

Get thee into an avy class, pronto.

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Tecumseh, what Volkl ski are you on?

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Mountaingirl1961. Sorry for the delay in replying. I've been on the road for the last few days.

 

The Volkl model I referred to is the Snow Wolf (113-76-100) which I believe are no longer in production. I bought a pair six or seven years ago and liked them so much I bought a second pair around the same time. I'm now on my second pair. They are quite narrow by today's standards, but I find them superb for touring in the spring, especially in the kind of conditions found in the Alps. Very lively skis, great for quick turns in tight spots.

 

I suspect the more recent Volkl Qanik was designed to fill the same niche as the Snow Wolf, though that's just a guess. For a favorable assessment of the Qanik, here's a Wild Snow link that summarizes an Austrian review of a wide range of touring skis. http://www.wildsnow.com/4658/ski-reviews-touring-backcountry/
 

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