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looking for some alternatives to the k2 lotta luv

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
i was convinced i HAVE TO HAVE the k2 lotta luv's, but i can't find them anywhere. ok, i could find them, but i can't pay $900 including bindings. i'm ok wiht used, but they need alot of life left in them.

if i can't have these () does anyone have any other suggestions?
i'm 5'5", 135lbs, adv/expert skier out west. long time instructor (full cert) and spent a little time coaching. looking for a great all mountain ski that can handle oregon 'powder' and groomers with the kids.

thanks!
melinda
post #2 of 28
Dynastar Exclusive Legend
Salomon Siam n10
post #3 of 28
What length are you looking for? Also, are you looking for 05/06 or 06/07?
post #4 of 28
What length are you looking for? Also, are you looking for 05/06 or 06/07?
post #5 of 28
post #6 of 28
Also see about the Head Wild Thang, 117-76-103mm. Its based on the Head Monster 77.

Cheers,

Michael
post #7 of 28
M2R:

FWIW, I have had more calls and web requests for the Lotta than any other ski so far this year. The fact is, that most of the desirable K2 models are sold out early in the spring. Folks that were waiting for the summer/fall to get the best deal have waited waaaay too long.

Don't despair though. There are a LOTTA alternatives many of which are IMO better skis for someone with your background and tecnical skiing level. Here are a few that I have available that both Katherine and I feel are great skis. (Katherine is my right hand and best woman's ski tester) She doesn't have your technical level but is 24 y/o and a college level athlete. She is a ripper on the groomed and I'm working on her in the off trail. (If you'd like to talk to a woman about any of these, feel free to call the store and ask for ski girl...... )

http://shop.sierrasnowboard.com/browse.cfm/4,1032.htm

http://shop.sierrasnowboard.com/browse.cfm/4,1042.htm

http://shop.sierrasnowboard.com/browse.cfm/4,933.htm

http://shop.sierrasnowboard.com/browse.cfm/4,839.htm
post #8 of 28
Consider these: http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-05-06-...QQcmdZViewItem

I know these are not comparable to the Lotta, but your background indicates the need for a real ski!

Cheers,

Michael
post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone!
i had heard good things about the apache, maybe i'll look into that as well as the others.
much appreciated -
melinda
post #10 of 28
You might also contact dawgcatching, who has these and offers a discount to EpicSki folks.
post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 
how do i reach dawgcatching? is ithat a person or a website?
thanks
melinda
post #12 of 28
I would suggest you try to take a ride on either the Atomic M11, or the new M11B5, or both. Both are very versatile, and would work well for you. Later, RicB.
post #13 of 28
I haven't skied Oregon, but my understanding is that the snow is pretty similar to the Sierra -- i.e., denser than the Utah ideal.

I'd think about something with a waist at least in the 80s, if I were you. Modern mid-fats are remarkably versatile, and it's a completely different experience.

That said, if you want to stay in the 70s, the suggestion to look for the K2 Recon is a good one, because the sizes that would make sense for you (160 max, probably) are very popular in women's models, but not so much for men's. eBay and other discount options abound.

What do you currently ski? What do you like and dislike about it? Are you definitely going to replace that ski, or might you be open to complimenting it in a quiver?
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by mom2rippers View Post
how do i reach dawgcatching? is ithat a person or a website?
thanks
melinda
Sorry, mom2rippers... I didn't look at your post count!

dawgcatching is a member here and a frequent contributor to gear commentary and reviews. Send him a private message by clicking here. SierraJim may also have these, and he's posted in this thread (click on his name in one of his posts and select "Send Private Message").

The Lottas are very individual, it seems. Terry (my wife, an upper intermediate/lower advanced "just out for fun" skier) preferred them significantly over the other skis she tried last year (including the Dynastars). But, as we all know, ski feel is a very individual thing.

Boulder Ski Deals had a couple of pair of last year's Lottas (flat) on their clearance rack last week. I've heard that they only have 160s left, but you could call them and see. They are related to Colorado Ski & Golf, so you might check with them, too.
post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone.
now i have some more places to look. i'm thinking alot about the recons after what i've read, maybe around a 160? someone asked about the snow in oregon - like the sierras, only not as good...
i'll look into the atomics too i think.
post #16 of 28
I've heard good things about the Volkl Aura (essentially a women's Mantra) and the Queen Attiva (women's Karma)
post #17 of 28

K2

I just saw the K2 Lotta Luvs in Princeton Ski Store in NYC yesterday. You can try their website: http://www.princetonoutdoor.com/brow...11014,1716.htm:
post #18 of 28

Just picked up new Lotta Luvs on eBayw/marker 1200 piston ti bindings

I'm' with you. I had to have Lotta Luvs. Demo'd them last year at Alta and fell in love with them. I just picked up a brand new pair on eBay, with new marker 1200 piston Titanium bindings for $680 plus $29 shipping. I'm 5'8" and ski 160's. You might watch eBay and see if more come up.

Think Snow!
post #19 of 28
My first reaction was wow, that's pricey for eBay. But it looks like those are running more like $900 in shops.

Unfortunately, I think that most shops are sold out of the 05/06 model, because AFAIK the only difference vs. the current version is topsheet engineering.

I'd try to look for pre-season sales. IIRC, SierraJim's store is having a 20% off weekend, which would bring those down to $720, but I think it's in-store only.
post #20 of 28
The Lotta Luv is a lotta ski. It is a real nice higher end womans ski, got for it.
post #21 of 28
Check out the Dynastar Exclusive Legend, the Salomon Siam 10, or pony up the money for the Lotta Luv's. Don't go with the Recon. There is a significant difference between the Recons and the Lotta Luvs. Stay with a women's specific ski
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
M2R:

Don't despair though. There are a LOTTA alternatives many of which are IMO better skis for someone with your background and tecnical skiing level. Here are a few that I have available that both Katherine and I feel are great skis. (Katherine is my right hand and best woman's ski tester) She doesn't have your technical level but is 24 y/o and a college level athlete. She is a ripper on the groomed and I'm working on her in the off trail. (If you'd like to talk to a woman about any of these, feel free to call the store and ask for ski girl...... )

http://shop.sierrasnowboard.com/browse.cfm/4,1032.htm

http://shop.sierrasnowboard.com/browse.cfm/4,1042.htm

http://shop.sierrasnowboard.com/browse.cfm/4,933.htm

http://shop.sierrasnowboard.com/browse.cfm/4,839.htm
Just when I think my ski gear buying for the season is over, you gotta show me some fun options. Dang!
post #23 of 28
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Just when I think my ski gear buying for the season is over, you gotta show me some fun options. Dang!


SJ
post #24 of 28
I'm told that the Lotta Luvs are similar to my Dynastar Exclusive Legends, which are highly versatile skis.
post #25 of 28
according Dawgcatching he had some.

Check out this thread.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=50053
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
Stay with a women's specific ski
I have to ask why? She sounds like a powerful skier, she's not overly petite. I admit I outweigh her and am taller, but not by that much and I have no problem with the Recon.
post #27 of 28
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post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post
I have to ask why? She sounds like a powerful skier, she's not overly petite. I admit I outweigh her and am taller, but not by that much and I have no problem with the Recon.
Personally I prefer the shape and binding placements of the women's skis, especially if you get the "systems bindings". The Lotta Luv is not a soft ski.

Try the Volkl Attiva AC3, I skied this in Mt. Baker earlier this year and fell in love with it. I have also skied the Lotta Luvs & K2 MissDeameanors. I liked them all, especially in the powder, slush & crud, but the AC3 will do better in icy conditions than the Lotta Luv. I think I was most amazed at how these skis transition between the hardpack & the powder. The Lotta Luv definitely has that damp K2 feel.
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