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Head Rev 98 or K2 Annex 98

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

That time of year again where there are great deals on last year`s skis....

 

Moved this summer from the Canadian East to the Canadian West coast and looking for a ski with a bit ore float than my current Head iPeak 78 Pro`s (which I really like as a one quiver east coast ski).

 

Me: 6ft1, 170lbs, advanced skier all over the mountain, more of a short turn/technical skier (as opposed to hard charging GSer).  Have the IPeaks in a 170 length.

 

Currently looking at 2 skis that I think might be my 1 quiver West coast ski: the Head Rev 98 and the K2 Annex 98.  Considering 177`s.

Both are same price point and seem to have great reviews.

 

I have always skied Heads, so have a tendancy towards them, but wondered if anyone could compare the Rev98 and the Annex 98?

 

Thanks for the input I`ll again from this great forum.

 

If you need more input, let me know.

post #2 of 17

IMHO these are a bit wide as a OSQ. The west gets ice, too. My first solution: Keep your iPeaks and pick up something around 105-110 for soft days. Or if you really want just one new ski to rule them all (never clear why if you have a ski you like already), buy some REV85 Pros from last season, very nice all around that slightly favors softer snow than ice rinks, very sweet in bumps and trees for a lighter skier, but will handle firm time between storms better than your choices. 

post #3 of 17
For very different reasons, I'll second the opinion on the Rev85 pro and even the Monster 88. I skied an Enforcer yesterday and my Rev85's today in cut up new snow both days in pretty typical western conditions. Its been dumping both days. inbounds, dare I say it? I preferred the latter. eek.gif

Keep your Peak, add aRev 85 or Monster 88, then wait for a screaming deal on a powder ski.

(Topic for a different thread, but my thinking on width is evolving... A carver, an all mountain 80-something, and a big powder board for special days/conditions & places... I'm losing my love for the 98-100's)

All that said and to answer your question, of the two mentioned, the Rev 98. smile.gif
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input, really looked at the Rev 85 pro as well, but thought the 7mm extra width wouldn't be that different from my iPeak78's (considering that until 2 years ago my widest skis had been 69mm, and did actually everything with them).

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

Well, after skiing my iPeak 78 Pro`s in Friday`s powdery Whistler conditions, decided they really do a decent enough job and are probably more versatile than non-metal wider skis.

 

Interestingly, while talking to a local with some +100 Atomics on his feet, he told me that before he had skinnier skis which required more technique and more turns in softer snow, while with his wider skis he doesn`t need to make too many turns.

 

The former seems more fun to me.

 

Again, Epicski forum has brought valuable advice.

post #6 of 17

Regarding Rev 98 vs Annex 98...

 

I own and love the Rev 98.  Demoed about 15 to 20 skis (95 to 108 mm waist width) before picking the Rev 98.  The Rev 98 does well with the nasty crud we sometimes get in the Pacific Northwest.  The wide tip will plane up in fresh powder.  Reasonably nibble in tight spots.  The Rev 98s were underwhelming on groomed snow until I put my own 1 & 2 tune on them.  I use my Rev 98s as my travel ski.

 

Have not skied the Annex 98, but did ski the ski K2 had before the Annex 98, the Hardside.  Not sure if the Annex 98 was a rebadged Hardside.  In a nutshell, I found the Hardside to be absolutely dreadful.  It was overly stiff (the Rev 98 is pretty stiff in its own right), and had a really dull feel to it.  One of the few skis I've demoed recently where I couldn't wait to get them off of my feet.  Given that experience, I wouldn't consider the Annex 98 without a demo first.

 

Right now in my ski career, I ski a 2.5 ski quiver.  The Blizzard Magnum 8.1 TI are for hard snow / groomed conditions, the Rev 98s for off-piste and travel, and a dedicated powder ski (the 0.5 ski) for those very rare, really deep days.  (I own several other pairs of skis, but basically I'm running 2.5 ski quiver.) 

 

However, in the future as my skill level improves, I can see myself replacing the Rev 98s with a little narrower ski like the others above suggested.  The Rev 85 / Monster 88 would be great choices (I like Head skis myself).  In fact, I was at a demo yesterday (at Mt Hood Meadows) trying out 84 to 90 mm skis.

post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pieter View Post
 

Well, after skiing my iPeak 78 Pro`s in Friday`s powdery Whistler conditions, decided they really do a decent enough job and are probably more versatile than non-metal wider skis.

 

Interestingly, while talking to a local with some +100 Atomics on his feet, he told me that before he had skinnier skis which required more technique and more turns in softer snow, while with his wider skis he doesn`t need to make too many turns.

 

The former seems more fun to me.

 

Again, Epicski forum has brought valuable advice.


Did you finally choose the Rev 98 or the Annex 98 ?...

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Bogatyr View Post


Did you finally choose the Rev 98 or the Annex 98 ?...
Neither: Just continued with my iPeak 78 and liking them in anything from new powder in Whistler to spring like skiing in Austria last month. Thus also avoiding having to debate which skis to take out for the day...
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pieter View Post


Neither: Just continued with my iPeak 78 and liking them in anything from new powder in Whistler to spring like skiing in Austria last month. Thus also avoiding having to debate which skis to take out for the day...


Have you started thinking about a replacement (when the time comes I mean)

post #10 of 17
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Have you started thinking about a replacement (when the time comes I mean)
Yes: If I would have to replace them would stay under 90mm and aim for something like a Rev 85 pro or another head ski (monster or instinct).
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pieter View Post


Yes: If I would have to replace them would stay under 90mm and aim for something like a Rev 85 pro or another head ski (monster or instinct).


Unfortunately the Monster and the Instinct are steps down from your current ski , the Rev 85  so-so , not very bad. A good solution might be a 2 ski quiver : one real front side carver and one  ski like the Rev 98 that can handle anything soft.

post #12 of 17

I'd recommend the Head iSupershape Rally(76mm) or Titan(80mm).  Both are excellent skis and will do what you want.  I've skied the Rally in trees at Big Sky and was surprised at how well it performed in soft snow.  On the hard groomers it really ripped and had terrific edge grip.

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

Finally ended up buying a pair of Line SuperNaturals 92 at great discount, as well as a pair of Rossi FreeSki 2 bindings.

 

Snow`s gone now, so will be able to test this setup next winter....

 

Hanging on to the iPeak`s 78 Pro and adding the Lines to the quiver

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 

How weird can it get....

 

I thought I had bought a pair of Line Supernatural 92`s in May, but then was going to get the bindings mounted and noticed they were in fact the `'Lite' model (retailer shipped the wrong model, graphics were very similar).

 

Of course they were out of the 92 in my length by now, so offered me to upgrade to the 2017 model for a small additional fee....

 

So ship them back, and waiting to call them to give my CC details for the surplus cost...then see a pair of 2015 Rev 85`s on Craigslist that had only 2 days on them....

 

Final result: got a nice pair of new REV85 Pro's for cheap, no Supernatural's....

 

Don't say I didn't try to get into another brand than Head...

 

Looking forward to testing the Rev's in 2 weeks....

post #15 of 17

What length?

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Bogatyr View Post

What length?
177
post #17 of 17

You got yourself some good skis. And the length is ok.

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