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K2 Reflex skis

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I just rented for the season, K2 Reflex 148s.
I am use to using junior ski rentals on the mountain 120-140
This is my third year skiing going about 7-8 times in the past season. This season I want to go more often. I am not a junior but this is what seemed to work for me. Can anyone comment on this ski. I was looking for something that would be stable. Can anyone comment on these? Think I am ready for a faster than junior ski but I am not an aggressive skier. Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 7
Things to remember... the longer the ski, the more stable it is at higher and higher speeds. Too short and too soft you will find it like skiing on ball bearings! This is a very scary feeling. It means the ski cannot hold an edge at higher speeds, so it floats around on you no matter how far foward you are in your balance.

Already you have found how easy it is to turn the shapped ski. So keep this in mind that you won't be losing turning ease, noticably, by going a bit longer. The Reflex is a very nice ski.

I always tell my customers to go to the next level up ski. In other words... if they are a high beginner or low intermediate, go a solid intermediate or high intermediate ski. It will still be easy to control and turn, and it will be a ksi which will be able to handle what you tell it to as you "ski into it" (as your ability improves).

Also, you won't have to come back next year to buy another ski because you are now out skiing this one!

If you liked the Reflex, try finding one at a bit higher level.

Now git out there and kick butt and take names, and have fun! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for Jyardog.
I actually went out last night and rented Head's big Easy without reading any reviews. I tried them end of last season and they were great. But now I am feeling like I might be just picking a comfortable ski that won't progress my skiing. I want to keep up with friends that are better skiers. Found that some beginner skis (other model) last season kept me from trailing close by friends on blue trails. No matter what I did I could not catch up with friends. I have only skied a total of 16 times but consider myself a low level intermediate. Wanted this to be the solid blue slope year. Maybe the beginning of solid intermediate year. :
Any ideas? I only have head rental equipment to choose from.

Hard to find reviews of used rental equipment. Seems like all of the reviews are out on the new skis. Well you were kind enough to give me a lengthy response on the K2's a friend was going to hall them in for me from CT. I am in NYC.
post #4 of 7

I thoroughly approve of your name. My older daughter is Becky or Becca! I strongly suggest the following:

Find a high level intermediate ski. This way, as you improve you won't out ski them and have to go back to the store the very next year. This plus the proper length... just slightly above the head or at least not lower than forehead/hair line. These two items will give you higher speed stability. Original price will say about $450+ price range for the high intermediate/low advanced ski. They are stiffer but not so much that you'd have trouble turning them.

Take the same run at the same speed first with an entry level ski, then a high intermediate ski. You will find the lower level ski will feel like you are on ball bearings! This is a very scary feeling!

Now for you.... I would like to see you try this- Take a run strait down... doesn't have to be a steep hill, just moderate... and notice your ski tips floating around in front of you. Now- put your hands up in front of you, arms half bent, thumbs pointing downhill(this gets the poles behind you), and arms half way between your shoulders and hips. Now relac your elbows abit. Notice how your ski tips came right together and behaved themselves? [img]smile.gif[/img] Now drop your arms again and notice the tips floating around again. Now do the arm and hand thing again. The tips behave themselves once more! This is only upper body balance, but very important. This will also give you and your ski more stability!

Good ski positioning- what I mentioned above plus- bent spine (flexing from the belly button, not bending over at the waist no matter how much you feel you want to, shins against the tongue of the boots, tuck in you behind (I see many beginners stick that behind way out there), and there ya go!

Do not plant that pole .... just kiss the snow with it. If you plant it hard, it goes by you very fast, pulloing your shoulder back and that throws you into the backseat again! Tips then come out of the snow and you can't turn and they float on you again.

Now... on those little trails which go between runs which are so packed down hard you can't even get your pole into the snow to save your life... Your skis will float no matter what you do. There's nothing for the tips to get down into to track straight. They will float on you in this case. This is not your fault. All you can do is fuss with it until you get over to the next run.

Print all this out and study it. Also for neat tips go to Bob's ski page at www.lacyslatherworks.com I've got some neat stuff there. Let me know how things work out for you. Bob
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks jyardog

Will try your ideas ON THE BUNNY SLOPE!!!

Thanks again for taking the time!
post #6 of 7

Peter Keelty has a review of the Head Big Easy (Cyclone).

check it out.


post #7 of 7
yes. The big easy is a nice ski.

When you try those things I mentioned, You will be amazed at your control over your skis. You'll go right to an easy blue run. Let us all know how things go for you! Bob
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