Originally Posted by dawgcatching
Yep, read that one wrong. XT's current iteration is the Crossfire. The Crossfire has a little smaller turn radius (bigger tip, 115 vs. 109 I believe). The XT was a nice ski, very smooth and predictable. Still a fun all-mountain ski for people who are on the frontside or harder snow quite often.
Just to throw a little more confusion into this mix, didn't K2 play with the dimensions of the "Pro" series over the years? When the series first came out, the ModX/Axis X were identical in shape as the Mod X Pro/Axis X Pro but had a layer of metal to stiffen things up a bit. Then, they increased the width in the "Pro" series. But then the 03/04 Axis XT, the ski we are speaking of, followed the earlier model by having the same dimensions of the Axis X and an added layer of metal. Or did that happen last year and now this season the Apache X and Apache Crossfire fit this mold. Also this season, K2 changed how they measure the ski's tip at the point of contact when the ski is engaged so that has led to an increase.
WOW! What's wrong with K2 and their marketing department? My mind hurts trying to keep all that straight.
That said, I agree that the Mod X Pro/Axis X Pro/Axis XT/Apache Crossfire is a great ski. I'd be a little concerned about the length with your height and weight. I would think you may enjoy the 181 a little more. But, if you like shorter radius turns and use it at medium speeds or less, it should work out fine. Bigger folks tended to prefer the skis with metal in them over the plain old X skis because they felt more stable at speed, and had more energy for their weight. I love the Axis X for a variety of reasons but the biggest is like Utah 49 said, it's great in the bumps. That is why I went with the softer version.
Less than $200.00 sounds like a good deal if they are not too beat up. Try and get a fresh hand tune thrown in also. Ask for a 1 degree base and increase the side bevel to 2 degrees to start with. Then the ski should work fine on the South East's ice as well.