My K2 Apache Sidewinder skis are looking pretty beat up and I guess it is time for a replacement. I am an advanced skier with almost 4 decades on the slopes. Love speed, hate moguls, have to deal with ice, no powder, some small jumps but no terrain park. Pretty much typical Northeast skiing. I am looking for a replacement ski and need your input as I have no extensive experience with different make/models. I do like the Sidewinders I have and would like to keep the partial twin tip as I sometimes have to ski backwards when looking at my kids and wife. I am open to suggestions with budget up to $550 for the skis alone. I do not mind last years model as I do not care too much about ski fashion.
K2 Apache Sidewinder replacement?
Thanks for replying. If I were to drop the "good on ice" requirement, are there any skis with partial twin tips that you would recommend? I am looking for a good all-around ski for a casual riding. Something similar to the K2 Sidewinder I currently have.
Part of the problem with finding a ski that's similar to what you have is width. By today's standards that was a pretty narrow ski. Most skis around 75-80mm being made now are carving skis, basically a flat or nearly flat tail. The 4FRNT Wise ski is about as narrow as I've seen for a twin tip and its either 82mm or 84mm depending on length. Since I don't know what you define as semi-twin tip, it's hard to recommend anything. I have a pair of Head Strong Instinct Tis that have a slightly turned up tail(more than my Nordica Fire Arrow 84EDT) that are 83mm and very fun to ski, but the tail might be too flat for you. If you said you wanted a full twin tip, getting anywhere near that 75-80mm waist might be difficult.
Edited by mtcyclist - 2/1/16 at 8:48pm
Thanks again for replying. By the partial twin tip, I mean slightly raised and rounded rear tip. That allows me to ski backwards (slow speed) and watch my kids.
I guess I have to do some reading on what type of ski I really need. I grew up with straight skis, later moved onto shaped ones and now have the Sidewinders. Not sure if the ski resorts I go to are great for carving. Usually the trails are not that wide and there is tons of people so you do not have a lot of room for wide carving. I also never really got into the science of different ski types, shapes, measurements, etc. Always had some sort of all-mountain set. Knowing myself, the more choices I have the more confused I am and making the purchase is harder. :-)
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you may find something there.
I really enjoy my Volkl Kendo's great edge hold and easy to ski, when skiing slowly with the GF, does everything well. Like a lot of the all mountain skis today.
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I really like my Head Supershape Rally. 76 mm waist. Tail turned up enough for me for slow skiing backward. Great ice hold, steady as fast as I've ever gone, and also good in bumps and crud. I'm 6', 180#, and the 170 cm are just right. I paid less than $650 last spring including the system bindings.