Originally Posted by Whiteroom
The K2 booth was the quietest I've seen in years. The new crossfire is vertical sidewall. Coomba looks good. The Hellbent is REALLY rockered...
Icelantic has a new womens/grom ski the Scout SFT. New longer lengths for the Nomad 156 and 163, new Shaman 173 length (longest ski they make) and a longer Pilgrim length.
I guess I have a skewed view of what people ski and aspire to ski. Probably because of where I live & the nature of the local hills.. I'd have thought there'd be some serious excitement & buzz with respect to where K2 is taking powder/off-piste skiing. They are seriously leaving some other players in the dust. The shop guys I know are just about ready to sell body parts to get their hands on Hellbents...
Your news on Icelantic is seriously
disappointing to me. I was really hoping for a 175-ish Nomad. Hopping up a measly 7cm is borderline pointless. These guys claim it is all about surface area. Being a tiny bit loose with the numbers, if the current Nomad's design center is someone who weighs 150 pounds (a guess just for discussion purposes)- then using only surface area as a metric - they just moved the needle up to a whopping 157 pounds. If they'd grown it by +/-20cm and fattened the same basic design by a few mm, they could have moved the needle significantly. At 200 pounds, I could have gotten much more excited about that... Maybe with a slightly wider radius while we're at it... Don't get me wrong - I think the Nomad is a cool and versatile little all-terrain ski. And for many (smaller than I am) people in places that usually have soft snow, it could be their all-around go-to ski. Ironically, it is limited for someone my size by having too little surface area for true all-around use - IMO. (edit - I'm making an aassumption here that the 163 is not substantially "fattened")
I think the soft Scout could be a cool ski for small women and kids. I played around on this year's model on hardpack+"marbles" groomers for a few runs the other day. It held up surprisingly well at speed for me (although at my weight I really did treat it as an oversized board/blade). Hardly a hardpack specialist -
- but it did OK. And for a smaller person it could carry them through a huge range of terrain & snow.
Not sure what to make of the longer Shaman. The added length might mitigate one of my main complaints about this ski (other than some absolute issues of length) - which is that when out on groomers or hard crust the radical taper over the super short length puts you at some funny angles. Still, at least based on this year's model, I'm not sure they'll get to where they are better than a Prior Doughboy which has a roughly similar taper philosophy....and I'm not at all sure they will be able to compete with the new generation of rockered skis aimed at similar terrain. Don't get me wrong - I had fun playing on this year's Shaman's - but IMO Doughboys are more confidence inspiring & consistent and K2 Pontoons (and presumably Hellbents, etc.) open whole new horizons of fun. Still - the Shamans are interesting "little" powder skis and a 170- version could be worth a look.