Not at all new to skiing but after many years and finally on a quest for new equipment you might say I been out of the loop as far as new equipment goes.
my recent searching and investigating for the latest knowledge and information on skis has lead me to a good question. Now, I do understand you have to take everything you read on line with a grain of salt. One needs to determine who is writing the info and how reliable the source is and in what context to take it all. Imo we sometimes can basically throw out half the stuff we read on line.
But anyway. K2 in my day was always atop the ski world. I believe the pioneer for modern fiberglass skis if I am correct. It seems that nowadays many times they seem to fall under the radar. Its not that I mean the skis themselves fall short but just that they are not mentioned as often. I wonder why that is?
I have been digging into info for as many skis as I can. Rossi, Dyna, Volki, Head, Sol, you name it.
The designs, how they are made, materials, technologies, shapes, thoughts that go into them, etc... and not only do i see k2 just as innovative, high tech, and well built as anybody but I also have found some good readings (again I throw away the nonsense) on this very subject and they are very much still on top of tech and development yet somehow fall under the radar in many discussions. In fact one article (I'll try to find it again) says they lead the way when it comes to incorporating rocker and camber together. Whether that's exactly true or not the point is that they are still a top notch manufacturer and yet somehow often fly under the radar nowadays.
Just digging through their website, they seem to offer some more detailed info about their ski designs and tech vs some other top companies. I would think that if they were below modern standards you would see much less efforts and willingness to put the info out there. And quite frankly wouldn't see as much tech going into the skis. There just would be all that much tech to explain to the consumer if the tech wasn't indeed the latest available and innovative.
I've seen an older thread in here implying that K2 just doesn't care much about skis anymore and I find that hard to believe when you see the tech involved and materials used are not only on par but also like anyone else always advancing and coming up with new designs and tech. Perhaps their marketing and advertising methods or lack of have lead to them falling under the radar a bit I just don't know. But one thing I do know is that great marketing and advertising doesn't at all mean great product. In any case it seems like what is still very much a great product somehow flies under the radar. Whats your thoughts ??
I am actually considering the K2 amp rictor 82xti. While i keep researching different skis I just keep coming back to this one. in addition to this topic in general does anyone have this ski or any of its sister skis to comment about just as a side note.