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Ski Buying Help [for Europe, to replace K2 Recon Apaches 09/10

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Thread Starter 
Hi all, this is my first post here.

I'm going to buy a new set of skis for the 2016/2017 season, as my K2 Recon Apaches (09/10) are starting to look a little worse for wear.

I do most of my skiing in Europe, mostly the Swiss Alps, although I may be making a trip across to the east coast of the States in the next few seasons.

I guess I'm what you'd describe as an advanced/expert skiier, I can ski pretty much any piste and I've done a fair amount of difficult off piste stuff. I don't do a huge amount of powder skiing because it's a bit hit and miss in the Alps when it comes to snow, but when it dumps I don't stay on the groomed stuff.

My biggest issue in choosing a new pair of skis is that I'm a bit out of touch with ski types in general; I started looking at all mountain skis like the Volkl Mantra and the Nordica Enforcer but I've started wondering whether a ski more suited to pistes is better for my skiing habits. Something like the Volkl Kendo.

To be honest, I'm a bit lost on the subject, and I don't trust myself to make a choice without asking for another opinion. So I thought I'd post here asking you all what you think. Feel free to ask any questions.
post #2 of 6
Height, weight? Do you like to charge or cruise?
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Thread Starter 

I'm about 5' 10" and 82 kgs or 182 pounds. I'd say I'm about a 50/50 split between charging and cruising. 

post #4 of 6
I loved my Recons. I eventually turned them into tele skis and then gave them to my daughter, who wanted to take up tele.

I replaced them with Nordica Nergy 90s, which perform even better for me.

I'd try to demo first.
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I used to use my full camber 96mm Mantras as my "one pair only when travelling" alpine all conditions tool of choice. My MX83s have replaced them for that. I'm 175/75. Suggested demos:

Mx84, mx89, fx85, fx95
Head monster
Volkl Kendo
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If you're looking to replace the Recons and want a similar waist width, the 2016-and-later Volkl RTM 81  (the orange and black one) will give you better hard snow grip and even more versatility without being overly burly.  I had the Recons and liked them very much (quite versatile and very user friendly).  The RTMs are the Recons but better.  I use them for hard pack, crud, bumps, and powder up to about 9 inches.  Highly recommended.

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