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K2 Apache Xplorers - Time for an Upgrade?

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I weigh about 180, and I am about 5' 9".  I purchased a pair of 170cm K2 Apache Xplorers after demoing them late in the 2008-2009 season.

I really liked the skis compared to what I had used before, and I am still reasonably happy with them.

 

I live in Texas, and only ski 6-10 days/year.  I should add that I am in my mid-50s, but a reasonably athletic sort of guy who still does a few triathlons.

 

Since my Apaches were used when I purchased them, I cannot be sure how many days they have been on the mountain, but I have personally but around 70 days on them.

 

I am an intermediate-advanced intermediate skier who stays primarily on the piste, but enjoy getting off the trails on occasion.

I usually make one trip to Utah and another trip to Colorado each year.

 

I have no complaints, but cannot help but think I am missing something.

Being a cheapskate, I am thinking now is the time to grab a deal on something newer, assuming that I want something newer.

 

Given my few days, is it worthwhile to upgrade?  Has something changed that would wow me?  And if so, what would be a good choice for a new ski?

 

Thanks from a forum newbie and mediocre skier who still loves to get out there.

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If you like the K2 feel and like the width of the Xplorer then a good modern upgrade would be new Ikonic 85 Ti -- a big leap forward in fun factor.  Much lighter and more playful but still K2 easy & friendly.  Snappier w/ better edge.  Stable.  K2 damp but not dead.  Xplorers are catatonic in comparison.  With the tip rocker on Ikonics you might think about sizing up to 177 and they would still be quicker and easier that the Xplorer. Just my opinion as former Recon & Rictor 82 user now having spent a few days in all conditions on Ikonics.

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