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K2 Rictors Difference Year to Year

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I spent a few days on a new pair of 2012-13 Rictors in Tahoe a while back.

 

Now I have an opportunity to buy a pair of 2010-11 / 4 days use, for a song. Are there any big differences year to year in this ski?

 

Finally, I'm 62, 5'10" and 160 lbs with ski boots, helmet, fully dresssed with a roll of nickles in my pocket. I still ski pretty hard, just

 

not as long. Do I need/want the 174sor am I fine on the 168s. I thought the extra length would give me a bit more float in powder, to a

 

point. I skied the 174s in Tahoe but it was almost all groomers, bit of crud.

 

Thanks for the feedback.

 

dgsaz

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Same age and weight. Got the K2's last year in 167.  Ski about 30 days a year.  Hood is home with trips to Park City and Whistler.

 

These are great skis.  Do everything well.  Don't think it will make much difference 167 to 174.  Turning radius mostly. The 174 is 16m.  I went shorter for faster turns on the 167.  Typical PacNW weather. Christmas was two feet of cold, powder. Last couple weeks of no snow and glacial crust (groomers only).  Skis were great.  Nice GS turns on the groomers.  Floated great in the powder.  Really does seem to be something in the Rocker design.

 

Previous skis were VolkSuperSports at 168 (ground the edges off) and Head Monsters at 168 (bent beyond repair in Blowhole at Whistler). The K2 Rictors are much better skis than either and they were nice skis.

 

I put on the Knee bindings for good luck.
 

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Interesting comment on the Vokls. I bought a pair used (the red 5 stars)  had my boots set to the bindings and took them out for a session at Park City.

 

I could not turn them to save my life. I floundered, thrashed, and flailed. It was as if the ski was working against me. At lunch I went down and rented a pair of the at the time new Recons. All the difference in the world. The sun came out, birds sang, the world was beautiful again.

 

The point being, the Vokls had the worst tune in history, or a curse. But it was the afternoon on the Recons that got me started following the development of the ski and the eventual evolution into the Rictor.

 

Still would like to know if there were any noticeable changes in the Rictor year to year since they first came to the market.

 

dgsaz

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You might have a look at this review of the ski you are considering: http://www.epicski.com/t/99402/k2-amp-rictor

 

Then compare to the K2 company site information: http://k2skis.com/skis/all-mountain/rictor-1213 The all-terrain rocker was a feature of the 2010-11 version but I believe it is missing the mod-monic dampening system of the newer version. 

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Interesting comment on the Vokls. I bought a pair used (the red 5 stars)  had my boots set to the bindings and took them out for a session at Park City.

I could not turn them to save my life. I floundered, thrashed, and flailed. It was as if the ski was working against me. At lunch I went down and rented a pair of the at the time new Recons. All the difference in the world. The sun came out, birds sang, the world was beautiful again.

The point being, the Vokls had the worst tune in history, or a curse. But it was the afternoon on the Recons that got me started following the development of the ski and the eventual evolution into the Rictor.

Had the black six star Vokl and yes...took a lot of work to turn it. Too much ski for me. The Head Monster was a nice change. But the K2Rictor has been as you describe, the Sunshine Superman.
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Still would like to know if there were any noticeable changes in the Rictor year to year since they first came to the market.

I would not imagine a big difference at all in the skis in just year. Graphics modification. The features described for the 2012 Rictor seem identical to the features described for the 2011 Rictor.

Email K2 and ask them.
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