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Skiied 3 times on shaped skis (rentals) after almost 20 yrs away from the sport. Seemed kinda wierd compared to my old Atomic Arc Bionic RS (red sleds) straight skis. My 3 kids (the unholy trinity) are getting into the sport and they don't mind taking along their old man (me) who will soon qualify for a seniors discont at Denny's. My wife surprised me with a pair of K2 Apache Pro's in a 174 cm length from a ski sale at one of the big chain sporting goods stores. A SMU list shows they might be either K2 comanche 3com's or Apache Sabres. The tips look to be 112cm and the waist 70cm and the tails at 98cm. The ski says a 16m turn radius. Not too athletic anymore but want to have enough edge grip for when it gets icy. Should these work on the hardpack but still be fun to carve turns as I can't find any info on them? I was planning on getting a deal on some Fischer RX6's but hate to disappoint the wife by not skiing the ones she gave me.
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EagleDad, welcome to EpicSki. I'm going to guess that the ski you have is a K2 Axis X Pro. This ski came out in 2001 or 2002 and was a very respected, shaped all mountain carver. This was a pretty exciting ski in the early days of more shape and built-in arc. The Axis also tolerates old school technique. At the risk of offending your wife, its a serviceable ski, but dated, and that's why its prior owner sold or gave it away. The newer skis are just easier and better.

When asking what ski for me, it helps if we know where you ski and what experience you would like form the ski. Hearing "icy, hardpack" and similar things, it sounds like you're in the east.

Anyway, boots are more important. Don't let the wife buy those for you.
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Thanks for the welcome! Actually we are out west also, just a little north of Boise ID. So far have only skiied Bogus Basin up here. Ski mostly the groomers with the kids and the she devil and don't care for any ski that doesn't have good grip on icy days. Had fun on my old Atomic GS skis and need something stable at speeds so I can chase after my 10 yr old daughter who feels the need for speed. Retired the old Garmont's and found some Tecnica's Rival's to fit well. Every time I've skied lately I've taken a lesson but those old straight stick ways are hard to shed.
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Looking for the "Live at Leeds" album so I can hear that song again. Its been awhile. Thanks for planting the seed.
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
EagleDad, welcome to EpicSki. I'm going to guess that the ski you have is a K2 Axis X Pro. This ski came out in 2001 or 2002 and was a very respected, shaped all mountain carver.
If this is the ski you have(yellow and gray) the ski kicks butt. Like Cirquerider says, innovative for its time. I just retired a pair to rock ski status. I personally love the ski, and think it is better than the Apache Recon its replacement.

Enjoy!
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I don't think he has Axispro's. I just took a look at my 184's, and they're 107/70/98, vs. 112/70/98. It sounds like they might be a K2 "branded" ski for a ski shop. Would a shop have a 5-6 year-old pair of hot skis?

I loved my axispro's, and only have about 25 days on them --real nice shape. I don't have the heart to get rid of them until my 16 year-old has a chance to try them.

Oh, and I agree that the Recon is not much of a change or improvement either. In fact, I like the Axis better - just wish I had bought it shorter.
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I loved my axispro's, and only have about 25 days on them --real nice shape. I don't have the heart to get rid of them until my 16 year-old has a chance to try them.
Don't get rid of them. USE THEM!!!! I have over 100 days on my 174s. They are tired now but haven't broken yet. I just replaced them with the Elan 777 for my everyday ski this summer.
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Don't get rid of them. USE THEM!!!! I have over 100 days on my 174s. They are tired now but haven't broken yet. I just replaced them with the Elan 777 for my everyday ski this summer.
I think they were the last of my "bomber" skis - they could go a million miles an hour and were unflappable. I called them my blunderbusses (sp?). If they were 174,s, I'd fool with them, but.....

I've gotten to enjoy finesse skis a lot more (Legend 8k's, 8.8k's) and don't really want to go back to them. I loved them, but that was a different day, and I have 6 pairs newer in my quiver now so - oh well.

I look forward to seeing what my kid has to say though - I'll bet he'll get his ticket punched one-or-twice when he has those on. I've asked a couple of my ski buddies if they want them, but they say they'd be good for rocks - I don't yet have the heart for that.

Along the same vein, I REALLY wish I still had my old Merlin 6's. They're right up there along my top 5 all-time favorites.
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K2 Apache Pro's in a 174 cm length from a ski sale at one of the big chain sporting goods stores. A SMU list shows ...
I think the OP might be a little ahead of some of the responses with his detective work here.

Big-box general-sporting goods chains often sell SMU skis i.e. models that the manufacturer makes only for that chain. They don't typically sell used skis. It's pretty common for big-box stores to sell skis that are a last-year's model, but they've got serious inventory issues if they're selling skis that came out of the factory six years ago.

Given the unknowns (the guy hasn't skied for almost 20 years, for one thing), and the whole gift-horse thing, I'd say: ski on them this season, demo a variety of skis if you get the chance, read up here and elsewhere, consider what type of skiing gives you the biggest kick, then decide at the end of this season where you want to go next.
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Thanks for the thoughtful reply St J. I did my homework today and dropped by the store my snoogie woogie bought them at and asked a person working there if they weren't indeed K2 2 coms and he said indeed they were. I plan to follow your advice and look forward to the upcoming season.
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The wife didn't mind me returning these skis so I managed to get a killer deal on some Atomic 7.5 Izors. They sound like they might be a bit more fun for me than the K2's. Bring on the snow.
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All's well that ends well. You know that 'snoogie woogie' of yours is a special woman and needs to be treated as such . A woman that buys hers husband ski gear is a wonderful person.
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