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K2 Rictor

post #1 of 21
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After taking several years off from skiing I'm now back and looking to replace very old equipment.

 

I did demo some 2014 K2 Rictor 82xti skis yesterday and absolutely loved them.:drool  Very quick to turn, stable at speed and pretty much did exactly what I wanted them to do.

 

However, I don't know if I want to put $900 down on new skis.

 

My question is how much has the K2 Rictor changed over the last few years?  I see 2011 through 2013 models at a steep discount.

 

I ski mostly on the east coast.


Edited by mdskiman - 1/1/14 at 3:06pm
post #2 of 21

Welcome back to the sport!

 

I was in the same boat as you (several years off, old equipment etc.), and since I am out of touch with the current ski technology I can't tell you how much the rictor has changed over the years.  However, I did purchase the 2013 rictor on clearance and skied it for the first time this past weekend and think it was a great ski. You should be able to still find some previous year's models out there on steep discount and I'd be surprised if you didn't love it as well.

 

K2 still makes a rictor with an 80mm waist and a layer of metal, which seems to be essentially the same thing as last year's model; I would surmise there is some notable difference in construction and ride quality between the 80 and the 82, besides just the waist width, in order to differentiate the two skis.

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 21
I've got the 2012 K2 Rictor and I'd describe it exactly as you describe the 2014 version. I think you'd be safe in buying one of the older models. Best thing is try and demo the older version. I think you'll like it just as much as the 2014.
post #4 of 21
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Thank you for your input.  I don't think it will be easy to demo anything but the most recent model but it sounds like the last couple of years are fairly close.

 

Are there other skis that compare favorably?

 

Looking at the 2013 I see I can get them for around $500.  Also the K2 Aftershocks around the same.  Pretty big discount for a year old....


Edited by mdskiman - 1/1/14 at 7:56pm
post #5 of 21
I rented the 2013 rictors last year and loved them bought them from evo for $400
post #6 of 21
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Looks like the 2013 aftershock is close to the 2014 Rictor 90....

 

I might be leaning towards the aftershock since I can pick up a 181.

post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by mdskiman View Post
 

Looks like the 2013 aftershock is close to the 2014 Rictor 90....

 

I might be leaning towards the aftershock since I can pick up a 181.

 

You might email K2 and ask them what 2013 model most closely matches the 2014 Rictor 90.  

 

If you REALLY like the 2014 K2 Rictor, you might want make the investment to get a ski you like and have confidence in.  When I got mine in 2012, they made a big difference in my skiing and were worth the money.  I'll have them for years so look at the cost spread out over years.

 

I see EVO has the 2013 Rictor for $323 w/o bindings.

post #8 of 21
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I'm still on the fence but may get off the fence today!  I do ski the east coast mostly and while I like the idea of the  new rictor 90 or 2013 aftershocks I'm probably going to go with the 80 or 82 waist just for the quicker turning capability.

 

The impact also looks like a reasonable choice and can be had for even a bit less....  We do have a local sun and ski shop and their prices are competitive.

post #9 of 21

If you have your mind set on the rictor I would suggest not settling for the impact, as I think you will be disappointed. The impact does not have the same feel; it's a much more relaxed ski with less impressive hard snow performance. The rictor is extremely easy to ski, has oodles of energy out of a hard carve, and has a wide range of speeds and terrain at which it excels.

post #10 of 21
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If you have your mind set on the rictor I would suggest not settling for the impact, as I think you will be disappointed. The impact does not have the same feel; it's a much more relaxed ski with less impressive hard snow performance. The rictor is extremely easy to ski, has oodles of energy out of a hard carve, and has a wide range of speeds and terrain at which it excels.

Probably a good point.  I do like the edge grip of the rictor and with my weight the impact is probably too soft....

post #11 of 21

The older versions of the Rictor ('12 & '13) most closely resemble the current 80mm version. The 82Xti is a rather significant upgrade in grip and energy which the other versions are not exactly famous for. There really was no ski in the 2013 lineup that equates to the 82Xti although the narrower 'Charger' had/has the same construction and is quite a good ski.

 

So.......a pair of skis is a long term investment for most folks (or at least it should be). When you demo something that you absolutely love and is just what you want it to be, then you can make the case to yourself that is the best ski to buy.

 

FWIW..........the Aftershock is not similar to the current Rictor 90 at all.

 

SJ

post #12 of 21
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After a long discussion at my local shop with their ski expert I'm now going to try out the 2013 Salomon enduro rxt  800.  We'll see how it holds up to the demo of the rictor....  At less than $400 this may be the one...


Edited by mdskiman - 1/5/14 at 1:42pm
post #13 of 21
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After a long discussion at my local shop with their ski expert I'm now going to try out the 2013 Salomon enduro rxt  800.  We'll see how it holds up to the demo of the rictor....  At less than $400 this may be the one...

 

Saloman enduro rxt 800 is a horrible ski for me. The edge would chatter through a turn on a east coast black.  I would rather ski my K2 fours from the late 1990's.

 

So much for listening to the ski shop expert.....  Back to either this years K2's or possibly last years K2 Rictors....

post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by mdskiman View Post
 

 

Saloman enduro rxt 800 is a horrible ski for me. The edge would chatter through a turn on a east coast black.  I would rather ski my K2 fours from the late 1990's.

 

So much for listening to the ski shop expert.....  Back to either this years K2's or possibly last years K2 Rictors....

Importance of demoing the skis.  I demo'ed the K2 Rictors before I bought them. A couple others that folks here and ski mags said were comparable. For me the K2 Rictor was just perfect. First time I ever purchased equipment that had an immediate and noticeable improvement in my skiing.  Not just my imagination, folks I ski with (50 day a year, million foot CMH characters) thought I had been hiding out for a month taking lessons every day.  

 

Not that the Rictor is the end all but the fact that there is a perfect ski out there for all of us and finding it is hard to do.

 

You seem to have found it in the model you demoed.  I wouldn't worry about a few more dollars now as the ski is right for you and will be with your many years.

post #15 of 21

It might be worth noting that the XRT nameplate from Salomon designates a rental ski. No surprise that it's not exactly a stellar performer.

 

SJ

post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
 

It might be worth noting that the XRT nameplate from Salomon designates a rental ski. No surprise that it's not exactly a stellar performer.

 

SJ

Actually it is RXT but not sure if it makes a difference.

 

Can be found here:  http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/salomon-enduro-rxt-800z12-2013

post #17 of 21
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Importance of demoing the skis.  I demo'ed the K2 Rictors before I bought them. A couple others that folks here and ski mags said were comparable. For me the K2 Rictor was just perfect. First time I ever purchased equipment that had an immediate and noticeable improvement in my skiing.  Not just my imagination, folks I ski with (50 day a year, million foot CMH characters) thought I had been hiding out for a month taking lessons every day.

 

Not that the Rictor is the end all but the fact that there is a perfect ski out there for all of us and finding it is hard to do.

 

You seem to have found it in the model you demoed.  I wouldn't worry about a few more dollars now as the ski is right for you and will be with your many years.

Yes, the new rictors are sweet, at least for me.  The demo was on 170's and they felt a bit short.  I don't think I'll have any problem with a larger ski since they turn unbelievably quick and I prefer a bigger ski with more stability at higher speeds.

 

There seems to be a tendency for the ski shops to try to put me in a shorter ski than what I want.

post #18 of 21
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Took back the Salomon XRT's to Sun and Ski.  Using their 365 day performance guarantee I got the 2013 K2 Rictor and will try those out.  If the 2013's don't work out I will get the 2014's...

post #19 of 21
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Took back the Salomon XRT's to Sun and Ski.  Using their 365 day performance guarantee I got the 2013 K2 Rictor and will try those out.  If the 2013's don't work out I will get the 2014's...

 

What did you pay for the 2013's?

 

Did you ask K2 what the difference is between the model years?

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post
 

 

What did you pay for the 2013's?

 

Did you ask K2 what the difference is between the model years?

I paid 519 for the 2013's with bindings.  I did send K2 the question but haven't received an answer yet.  If I don't like the 2013's sun and ski has a 365 day performance guarantee so I can take them back and get full credit for what I paid.  Worst case is I can use the credit to update my Wife's or daughter's equipment or use the credit to get the 2014's.  My Daughter will definitely need an update by next year (I'm back skiing since my daughter likes skiing).

 

I almost bought some brand new 2013 K2 Bolts on ebay last night that ended up going for $299.

post #21 of 21
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The 2014 K2 Rictor's went on sale so I exchange the 2013's for the 2014's.  Got the 177 size.  I liked the 2013's but the 2014's are quicker and a bit more fun.

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