|Originally posted by TheIceMan:
I've been skiing the K2 Escape 2500, in 174cm for two seasons now. I'm 6'0, 200 lbs.
I like to ski fast, often on ice, and make long, wide turns, often on ice, on black diamond trails.
The K2 feels flimsy at speed; it doesn't exactly chatter, but seems unstable, or weak; it also feels too short. My last straight skis were 203cm.
Anyone have any suggestions on my next ski?
These are my observations only. They are far from gospel. I personally did not like the Elan S12, so take all these recommendations with a grain of salt, get out and demo some stuff. ( I think the binding location when demoed was just too far back for me; I'd like to try them again with bindings pushed more forward. )
IMO, your short list should include: Rossi 9X Oversize, Head iXRC or iC 180. Atomic SX-11 Supercross. Dynastar Cross 10.
No K2 is on the list because I have no K2 experience whatsoever.... Same with Volkl.
Head iXRC has more energy/acceleration than the rest. Can surprise - need to pay attention likes to carve. Go for length 172.
The iC 180 and Rossis are the most stable, and prefer high speed cruising. No surprises on a fast ride. IMO, Rossi is most forgiving. May have less grip on ice, but that could've been the tune that day....
The Atomic is very quick edge to edge and has a very broad useful speed range. Similar in stability to iXRC. Lightest feeling, need to pay attention. Likes to carve.
The Dynastar initiates easily, feels damper than most (to me) but still has good energy in the tail. Good stability - may surprise, but not likely. Second on the forgiveness scale.
All have great grip on ice, all are pretty stiff.
These comments are formed during a single demo day. Please beware, they are restricted to Eastern hardpack/machine groomed conditions on a hill too small to really let any of these skis cut loose.
On my small hill, I'd choose the iXRC because it made the short trip down fun; if you relax it's over....
On a large hill, the Rossi 9x Oversize or even Head im75 chip may be more appropriate, because you'll want to relax at some points on the way down. But I think these skis prefer real snow to ice.
You be the judge.... Oh, a race GS ski would definately eat up the ice, but you'd need to be the most attentive. I've heard that Dynastar course 66 is pretty forgiving -- for a race ski.