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I have a pair of 177 K2 Apache Recons.  They have worked well for me (6'1", 190#) at speed down blue and black groomers, but since I bought them I have begun to ski much more in the bumps.  I am learning to ski moguls with a series of short, quick turns, side slipping and trying to stay on the tops and straight down the fall line with no traversing.  Lately I have begun to realize the Recons seem heavy and difficult to swing.  They also seem too stiff in the bumps.

So I have begun looking at some other skis that might work better for me in the bumps and in deep, soft snow.  To help me make short, quick turns I think shorter (170) and lighter skis with some rocker, front and rear, would help.  The rocker would also help in deep, soft snow.

Several that I am considering are:

  K2 Kung Fuja

  K2 Shreditor 102

  Fischer Big Stix 98

  Head Venturi 95

 

Am I headed in the right direction?  What skis would you recommend?

post #2 of 6

Welcome to EpicSki.  I think you're headed in the wrong direction, for moguls at least.  Your Recons are 78mm wide and you're looking at skis that are 20mm or more wider.  A wide ski is not helpful in bumps.  As has been discussed in another topic, you're the primary driver of short radius turns, not the ski.  I have several skis with varying amounts of sidecut, camber and stiffness and I can bend them all into whatever arc I need, short to long.  And I can use any of them in the bumps, but the wider the ski gets the more work it requires and the less fun it is.  You want your feet close together in the bumps and wide skis don't allow that.  The best skis in the bumps in terms of ease of turn initiation are the narrowest skis I own, Atomic ST11 and Volkl Supersport Allstars, but a narrow softer ski would be much better.  You're going to need to decide what's most important to you; performance in the bumps or in deep soft snow because IME, you won't get both in the same ski.

post #3 of 6

I was going to say Bushwacker until I noticed you're 6'1" 190 lbs. What about something like a Brahma (similar to the Bushwacker, but with some metal)?

 

Would be good in the bumps and reasonably decent in soft snow.

 

ETA:  Here's a review of the Brahma and the discussion that followed.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117222/review-2014-blizzard-brahma


Edited by cmr40 - 3/18/14 at 9:06am
post #4 of 6

+1 on the Brahma

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by cmr40 View Post

I was going to say Bushwacker until I noticed you're 6'1" 190 lbs. What about something like a Brahma (similar to the Bushwacker, but with some metal)?



 



Would be good in the bumps and reasonably decent in soft snow.



 



ETA:  Here's a review of the Brahma and the discussion that followed.



 



http://www.epicski.com/t/117222/review-2014-blizzard-brahma


 



I'm 6'2" 195 and have Bushwackers. They have been fantastic in bumps and trees. Very easy to swing around. They are fine on groomers as well you just have to temper your expectations on the skis capability in that type of condition. If you find a middle ground the Bushwacker can be skiied all over the mountain.

That said, the Bushwackers are one of a three ski quiver for me so I can tolerate the lower speed limit on groomers. If you're looking for a one ski tool that is good in bumps but can also rip on hardpack the Brahma may be a better choice.
post #6 of 6

I ski the Bushwackers and I am 6' 190lbs.  The BWs are my East Coast soft snow/bump/tree ski and I pair them with 172cm Bllizzard Magnum 8.1 Tis (8.1s for the hard snow).

 

I actually went a little longer on the BWs (180cm) compared to the Magnums because of the tip and tail rocker even though I use them in bumps and trees.  They seem much lighter than the Magnums despite the longer length.

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