Review (inc pro's & con's):
K2 812 GS Race
Length Tested: 207 cm
Dimensions/Turn Radius: I think about 63mm underfoot, not much different tip or tail. Turn Radius seems to be infinity.
Camber (select one, delete the rest): Traditional - VERY Traditional
Binding: Tyrolia 390 RD
Mount point: Suggested: Boot Center
Other Skis in Class: There was absolutely nothing in its class
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Number of Runs: 5
Snow Conditions: 3" of new snow over coral reef in Rendezvous Bowl, bumps in Cheyenne Bowl and Expert Chutes, softening groomer pack on lower mountain
Demo or Own: Proudly own.
Height/Weight: 6' 1" 195#
Ski Days/Season: 130
Years Skiing: 45
Aggressiveness: Moderately Aggressive
Current Quiver: 166 Rossi WC SL, 177 Rossi Pursuit HP, 180 Rossi E98, 185 Rossi WC Masters GS, 188 Rossi Soul 7, 195 Rossi Super 7 (2013 model), 203 Head RD SG.
Home Area: Jackson Hole
Preferred Terrain: All
You notice immediately that these skis do not like to turn. They are stiff as railroad rails both torsionally and longitudinally, so their edge hold is stellar, but the edge hold tends to want to take the skis down the fall line rather than bring them around. They are quite damp, probably the result of the ten pounds of fiberglass and glue and metal and whatever else is under the hood. Inherent speed is very competitive with modern skis based on flat-running tests with the friends I was skiing with.
Another thing you notice immediately is that tip-n-turn simply does not work. You tip-n-tip-over unless your speed is north of 50mph. These skis are a perfect illustration of why I STILL have a hard time getting an up-unweight move out of my turn transition. You simply can't get these skis started in the other direction without a very significant release - either with an up move or a down move. It's also great at reminding me why I started putting almost all of my weight on the downhill ski when trying to carve turns. I don't weigh enough (and I weigh PLENTY) to bend both skis at the same time without a lot of help from centrifugal force.
I gradually remembered how to ski them, but it was a lot of work. The length and stiffness make them pretty unforgiving in moguls and the width makes them pretty divey in deeper, softer so. So the obvious question becomes - how the hell did I have so much FUN on these skis 30 years ago???
I did this for fun yesterday just to see what these skis felt like. After skiing them for about 2 hours in conditions ranging from pretty nice groomers to pretty bad off-piste, what they feel like is a lot of work. I was breathing hard at the bottom of my first trip down Rendezvous Bowl. I was using muscle groups that apparently hadn't been used all season.
Skiing on these skis brought back all kinds of great memories, though. It was a time when I was much younger, stronger, quicker, and had better balance. I skied these day-in, day-out all over the resort and out-of-bounds and I never thought the skis were a handicap. I thought I had the best skis on the planet.
Sprindrift - if youre reading this:
It really does make me appreciate modern ski design. You were right all along.