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K2 Feel?

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Having never ridden on K2 skis I am curious as to what many folks describe as the 'classic K2 feel'. What exactly does this refer to? What does a K2 ski feel like on the snow and does this apply to all models?
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Having never ridden on K2 skis I am curious as to what many folks describe as the 'classic K2 feel'. What exactly does this refer to? What does a K2 ski feel like on the snow and does this apply to all models?
K2's feel damp, smooooooth, and stable. Under almost any snow conditions they feel the same. Most K2's are not known for tremendous edge grip, but it takes really hard snow to shake them and even then they are 'comfortable' If there is a knock on them it is that they are relatively heavy and have very little "pop" or energy. Most K2 models feel about the same with the recent exception of the the Omni 5.5 and it's current derivative the 5 com. These models do not have quite the dampening of the others and are at least somewhat snappy.

Overall, a K2 feels easy, and comfortable, and solid underfoot if not terribly exciting.

SJ
post #3 of 16
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Thanks for the info sierrajim.
post #4 of 16
There is a distinction to be made between the "classic" K2 feel (torsion box/no metal), and the newer "mod" feel (with metal and dampening). The Apache series is an example of the newer construction. Check out Footloose Sports web site for more detailed reviews of the line. Also, if you're willing to shell out $20 realskiers.com does some good reviews.
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In about 45 pair of skis I have owned..I just bought my first pair of K2's, i will report back.
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In about 45 pair of skis I have owned..I just bought my first pair of K2's, i will report back.

which ones did you pick up?
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which ones did you pick up?
Seth's in a 179.
post #8 of 16
Several years ago when Peter Keelty was writing a column for On the Snow he did several articles on ski brand "flavors" or brand feel. The articles can still be read online.
http://dyn.onthesnow.com/news/techtalk/2002-12-06.html
http://dyn.onthesnow.com/news/techtalk/2002-12-13.html

There are some "feel" exceptions among models within a given brand. However, all in all the articles seem to contain pretty good descriptions of "brand" feel.
post #9 of 16
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Seth's in a 179.
Phil on a of twintip fatties no less. Time to get a some piercings, tats, baggy pants & whole shebang
post #10 of 16
Here is the link to the Footloose reviews. I find them to be some of the most complete descriptions available.

http://www.footloosesports.com/reviews/
post #11 of 16
My wife is a cruiser. She likes blues and groomed blacks. Not exactly a speed freak, but close. She skis Escape 5500's and would not try another brand.
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Phil on a of twintip fatties no less. Time to get a some piercings, tats, baggy pants & whole shebang
What makes you think I am not that way already? : :
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Phil on a of twintip fatties no less. Time to get a some piercings, tats, baggy pants & whole shebang
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What makes you think I am not that way already? : :
See! He's alread got the doo!
post #14 of 16
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Having never ridden on K2 skis I am curious as to what many folks describe as the 'classic K2 feel'. What exactly does this refer to?
at a younger age i was never averse to seeking a classic feel
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at a younger age i was never averse to seeking a classic feel
!!
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at a younger age i was never averse to seeking a classic feel
You're only as old as the one you're feeling.
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