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Hello, My name is Darwin. In regards to a pair of K2 244 Mid downhill skis.

post #1 of 21
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Hi, I found a pair of K2 244 Mid downhill skis with Salomon 727 orange bindings.  However, on the tail of the ski it has CANADA, not USA.

Just wondering if they were still produced in WASH State or they were actually made in a Canadian plant somewhere up here in Canada.

 

Does anyone know if the Canada version is fairly rare or if they are pretty much the same as their  USA counterparts. 

 

The only difference in the look of the ski is that it has CANADA stamped on the tail of the ski.

 

They are in superb shape and have probably only been skied 4 or 5 days if that and the bindings have literally not a scratch on them.  All for $5.35.   They look nice beside my K2 610 and K2 710's.

 

It would be great if anyone out there could help me on this.

 

And how many pairs of the CANADA K2's were produced?

 

Any if you know what year and or years they were made would be great to know as well. 

 

Thank you  and look forward to your response.

 

Darwin

post #2 of 21

I can't answer that question. The pair I have are Vashon Island built and the add below ('79-'80) are also USA.

Can you post a picture?

 

 

post #3 of 21

From an era of great K2 graphics.

 

post #4 of 21

What colour are they? Did you pay by cheque? Are they your favourite skis? I could go on and on . . .

post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by skier guy1964 View Post
 

Hi, I found a pair of K2 244 Mid downhill skis with Salomon 727 orange bindings.  However, on the tail of the ski it has CANADA, not USA.

Just wondering if they were still produced in WASH State or they were actually made in a Canadian plant somewhere up here in Canada.

 

Does anyone know if the Canada version is fairly rare or if they are pretty much the same as their  USA counterparts. 

 

The only difference in the look of the ski is that it has CANADA stamped on the tail of the ski.

 

They are in superb shape and have probably only been skied 4 or 5 days if that and the bindings have literally not a scratch on them.  All for $5.35.   They look nice beside my K2 610 and K2 710's.

 

It would be great if anyone out there could help me on this.

 

And how many pairs of the CANADA K2's were produced?

 

Any if you know what year and or years they were made would be great to know as well. 

 

Thank you  and look forward to your response.

 

Darwin

First, I have seen your awards, very impressive but I hope never to win one. 

 

I have a message into my friend who worked for K2 at the time regarding the origin of production. Looking at your profile picture, it looks like you have a nice collection of classic skis. As far as the years, the 244MID is from the 78-81 seasons IIRC. Having a 727E on them means the skier didn't shortcut..or wanted a binding that visually matched. The 727E was very well the best binding in it's day :duck:and a binding I would still have confidence skiing today in all but the most extreme situations. 

post #6 of 21
The 244 Mid was my first ski. I lived in Vancouver at the time and don't recall K2 ever having a plant other than Vashon Island.

It could be similar to what Lib Tech do today. When you buy a board in Canada there is a sticker on the board saying Made near Canada.
post #7 of 21
Iirc when they started importing K2 into the UK in 1975, they were marked Canada
post #8 of 21

I think it is just marketing. Patriotic appeal.  The Canadian edition. There could not be a spec of difference between the two ballet skis.  It looks a little odd  seeing canada on red, white and blue.

 

post #9 of 21

Back when the 244 came out I think K2 only had the one factory.  Maybe they put Canada on the ski for tax reasons, they did not want to pay import tax getting them into Canada.

 

The photo of the K2 Two's with the old Tyrolia Clix heels but has a Look AFD Pad what Toe is on that ski.  Back when they were new people would mix manufacture Toe and Heel.  I would not be surprised if it was a Look Toe.  The 244's next to the K2 Two's that have the Spademan bindings I think somewhere I have a pair of boot plates to screw on to your boots if you are interested send me a message.

 

Someone made a statement about the Solomon 727E being one of the best bindings made at the time, are you sure that you did not leave out that it was the best "Solomon" made at that time.  Most of you know that the 727E was the racing binding with the higher DIN settings.  The 727 standard (black plastic heel) would blow apart on the coldest days.  The 727E heel was a metal heel and did not blow apart maybe that is why most think of it as the best Solomon made.  I had K2 710's back in the day but I was only 155 LBS at the time and saw no value in having the 727E after skiing the 710's for one season I sold them and later I picked up a pair of the 610's but put Tyrolia bindings on them and I had them up until last year.

post #10 of 21

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

First, I have seen your awards, very impressive but I hope never to win one. 

 

I have a message into my friend who worked for K2 at the time regarding the origin of production. Looking at your profile picture, it looks like you have a nice collection of classic skis. As far as the years, the 244MID is from the 78-81 seasons IIRC. Having a 727E on them means the skier didn't shortcut..or wanted a binding that visually matched. The 727E was very well the best binding in it's day :duck:and a binding I would still have confidence skiing today in all but the most extreme situations. 

Phil it would be interesting to release test the 727E against some LOOKs of the day; N77's  or even RS99's I think there might be a little overlap there. I know it wouldn't be too scientific because the binding histories would be largely unknown, but I would still like to do it.  maybe if we had a large enough sample size.;)   I for one prefere the LOOK's because I can strip them down, clean, inspect and regrease all the moving parts.

 

also, sorry for the thread hijack.  I'm done here.

 

royal

post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Uncle-A View Post
 

 

Someone made a statement about the Solomon 727E being one of the best bindings made at the time, are you sure that you did not leave out that it was the best "Solomon" made at that time.  Most of you know that the 727E was the racing binding with the higher DIN settings.  The 727 standard (black plastic heel) would blow apart on the coldest days.  The 727E heel was a metal heel and did not blow apart maybe that is why most think of it as the best Solomon made.  I had K2 710's back in the day but I was only 155 LBS at the time and saw no value in having the 727E after skiing the 710's for one season I sold them and later I picked up a pair of the 610's but put Tyrolia bindings on them and I had them up until last year.

I made that statement. The first 727 (non Equipe or Race) was a metal heel, then did evolve to a plastic heel similar to the 626. The first gen 727's (pictured) were actually some of the only NON DIN bindings that were still indemnified once the that process started. 

post #12 of 21

K2 would ship unfinished skis to Calgary where they had the topsheets screened on (maybe other functions too? at one point after the factory closed pretty much every ski good shop in Calgary had a press from the "K2 factory" in the back to do base repairs etc)

the K2 distributor at the time was based in Calgary and also was involved in some retail shops in Western Canada...

post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hi, its Darwin.  My new or should I say old pair of K2 244 Mid's are just a part of my collection and they only cost me $5.00  Canadian from a thrift store.

post #14 of 21
If you live in Vancouver I'll give you $6 for them. That's an instant $1 profit.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hey Joe, more like SIX bauk bauk bauk bauk, bawkaaauuuukkkkk.  not a buck less.   I am sorry to say the bad news, I have to keep these babies.  They go good next to the K2-610 and the K2-710 FO's.  What ski's do you have in your collection?  Later dude.

post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hey Joe, I am up in Kelowna here.  Not a penny less than $7.00

post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks Waxman, was not sure of the history of the K2 thing and the Canada thing printed on the tail.   Thanks Bud.

post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by waxman View Post
 

K2 would ship unfinished skis to Calgary where they had the topsheets screened on (maybe other functions too? at one point after the factory closed pretty much every ski good shop in Calgary had a press from the "K2 factory" in the back to do base repairs etc)

the K2 distributor at the time was based in Calgary and also was involved in some retail shops in Western Canada...

 

AFAIK the Calgary factory was set up to get around import duties. I remember getting on a just arrived from the factory pair of K2 Winter Heat and they were so badly railed as to be unskiable.

post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

AFAIK the Calgary factory was set up to get around import duties. I remember getting on a just arrived from the factory pair of K2 Winter Heat and they were so badly railed as to be unskiable.

Probably tuned by hockey players?
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by skier guy1964 View Post

Hey Joe, more like SIX bauk bauk bauk bauk, bawkaaauuuukkkkk.  not a buck less.   I am sorry to say the bad news, I have to keep these babies.  They go good next to the K2-610 and the K2-710 FO's.  What ski's do you have in your collection?  Later dude.

244 Mids were my go-to-ski when I had hair and no beer belly (ie when I was 18).
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

 

AFAIK the Calgary factory was set up to get around import duties. I remember getting on a just arrived from the factory pair of K2 Winter Heat and they were so badly railed as to be unskiable.

so pretty much the same as every ski from the era? 

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