Last season I posted a review of the Mod 7/8, known this year as the Axis [no X]. I really loved the ski in 174 cm, except in the trees where they were a bit much for me - I'm 145 pounds on my fatest days, and less on other days. I located the exact same skis from last season, but new in the plastic, in a 167 cm and bought them, selling the older ones to a man who is sturdier in build than I. At last, Smugglers Notch got some REAL snow, and I allowed the new 167's onto the hill for the first time ever. Here's my reaction: It's the same model ski, of course, and all that great stuff about its abilities to charge through any kind of natural snow, and to turn very easily, still stand. As expected, in the shorter length, there was never any doubt that I would turn where I want when I want - and in that sense they were a better ski for me than the 174. However, although they are still the "Porsche racing bulldozers", I did miss the somewhat more stable and hard charging 174's - and if I did not ski in the east and love the narrow winding trails, I would prefer them. I am happy with the change to the shorter skis because they did go though it all and still allowed me to feel completely confident that I would be able to snake through the tight and tough spots. It's a great example of the trade-offs between longer, more stable and smoother skis and skis that are more maneuverable. I accept the trade off as worthwhile in this case. The one place the Mod 7/8 [Axis] requires more attention is on the scrapey places - they work, but I need to think more about edging them than the Rossi T-Powers. When the conditions are lacking in natural snow or the natural snow is packed and hard, I ski with the Rossi T-Powers. When the conditions are natural snow, and particularly cut up snow, it's the K2 Mod 7/8 [Axis] all the way. Given my druthers, I druther be able to ski on the K2's. In fact, yesterday [Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002] I could not have used the T-Powers bacuse the snow was deep, cut up, and heavy - but with the K2's,I was able to have a great skiiing day. The comparable ski in the Rossi line would be the Bandit XX, I believe, and I would like to demo those when I can.
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1/17/02 at 6:34pm