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K2 Axis X vs. Dynastar Intuitiv 71 vs. Atomic R9

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My local ski shop has some leftover '02 and '03 new skis at great prices:

'03 K2 Axis X, 188 cm, $199
'02 Atomic R9, 190 cm, $249
'02 Dynastar Intuitiv 71, 188 cm., $149

I'm 6'3", 200 lbs. and prioritize desired ski performance as follows:

1) Powder and crud in the steeps (albeit none of these are really mid-fats)
2) Packed-powder high-speed cruising
3) Bumps
4) Hard-pack edge hold (not too important)

I'll keep this ski at a vacation home in Durango, CO. I have a pair of old SnowRangers for really hard-core powder days and Volkl P50 F1's for East Coast. Advice on which of the three to choose would be appreciated...Joe
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I'd say go with the dynastars, Seem to be good all mountain twigs, Of course so is the axis.... either way at those prices you cant go wrong.
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I found the Axis-X to be a better carver and faster turner than the Dynastars. I skied the Axis-X last year at Telluride on Dynamo, and the bump runs (Spiral Stairs, East Drain, etc) and thought they skied great. I also skied them in 1 to 1.5 ft of powder at Steamboat in the aspen groves and loved them. I don't think any of the three are a bad choice but the Axis-X or Dynastar are probably better mogul skis due to the softer flex and the Atomic might have an edge at speed.
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