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K2 Annex 98, Head Rev 98, Salomon Q98 Follow-up

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Mid-40s, 155 lbs, just posted reviews of the Bonafide and Q98 a couple of days ago with more detaills. All skis in the low 170 cm area.

Rev 98 - Blah. Did nothing really well. Didn't like to finess OR charge. Felt vague on groomers. Floated just okay. Was really excited to try after reading a multi page thread on racing and how good Head is.

Annex 98 - This is a Bonafide for lighter guys. All the positive stuff I've read about that ski and didn't agree with applies to the K2. It's very stable and a good charging ski that can also finess. Limited testing indicated decent float. Felt much thinner than a 98 on the groomed (a good thing) and gave nice energy return for a damp AM ski. Biggest weakness was flickability, but not so bad.

Q98 - purchased. A really fun and lively ski that loves to smear tight tree chutes. Really good float for the size. I generally agree that light weight doesn't mean anything once you put the ski on, but in this case it feels so light to hold and on the feet. I've never skied something that just pivots at will like this ski. Obvious downside - it's not a charger once the snow starts to get firm. Fun enough on groomers until the speed notches up and it starts to chatter like crazy. In other words, easy to over power the tips on fast groomer carvers. Price is a bargain.

FWIW, I agree with the realsiers reviews on these three (dont always).
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You bought the right ski for your size and weight. smile.gif It's a good one and often overlooked.
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