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K2’s and bumps. Any correlation?

post #1 of 7
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Since I am bored and spending the afternoon reading Epicski, I will offer the following question. I ski quite a bit at Mary Jane and Copper. In both places, but especially Mary Jane, I see a lot of K2’s, newer and older models. It seems like a disproportionate amount compared to some other areas I have visited.

When you get around lifts serving bump runs, the number of K2’s multiply. I see a lot of older K2’s in the bumps, especially what look like the Axis and Mod models. Is there something special about K2’s that would make them excel in the bumps?
post #2 of 7
Just here say on my part, but I think they are softer flexing and more forgiving than a lot of other skis.
post #3 of 7
soft flexing, dead, forgiving, and loose their pop really quickly is probably why you see alot of non factory team K2 in the bumps at Mary Jane.
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Not that I know from first hand experience, but I would question the "dead" part of BushwackerinPA's answer. As one who likes to ski the bumps, I really don't enjoy a dead/damp ski, I much prefer a soft and lively ski. One that flexes, but with snap.

Back in 2003 or 2004 I was demo-ing skis, and was hand flexing the K2 Axis (the Red and the Yellow ones) and they were both sort of like electric noodles. Unfortunately, I never got to ski one, so I can't make a first hand ski performance comment. But they definitely felt more flexy/lively than the other skis in the shop.

Also, while doing a fair bit of searching for "bumps", "moguls", "K2 Axis" "Mary Jane" on this site, I also found comments from skiers "fingers" that say exactly what you are saying/asking about, that is in effect, "we like the K2 Axis in the bumps at Mary Jane".

I hope this helps.
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Help. What did I just buy online. Nordica The Beast version question...

I bought a pair of these online:

Nordica The Beast 6 TT (Twin Tip)


I'm not sure of the year of their manufacture 2001 to 2003?.

But what I wanted to buy/was hoping I was buying was this ski:

The 2003 Nordica The Beast 74 TT (Twin Tip)


It is a bit confusing. I didn't realize that Nordica has had different versions of The Beast out in the same year. (Seems counterintuitive, usually "The" is reserved for "The" one and only.) But they've had 8 TT, 10 TT, 12 TT 74 TT, etc. out in the same year. Anyway, I was sort of assuming they were very similar but just with graphic differences. There isn't much literature available on the web about them, and one Nordica guy I talked to on the phone couldn't help. I probably make another stab at that, though.

Anyway, these skis, the 6 TTs, flex pretty soft and snappy, especially compared to my old Rossi 4M mogul skis, so I'm thinking I might good. I want a soft, snappy ski, something akin to what I *think* the K2 Axis X is like.

I actually skied 74 TT and it was forgiving, yet snappy and stable, good in crud and bumps.

The specs on the 6 TT, the one I now own is r15 168cm 110-68-95.

Any thoughts, insights, history would be appreciated.

I wondering between sending back the 6TT and trying to buy a used pair of K2 Axis X online or just keeping them. I bought them for just $199, so...
There don't seem to be too many versions of the 74 TT around.
Any insights on this "The Beast" line of skis would be appreciated.

post #6 of 7

oooppps, Sorry.

I had two pages open, while answering this post and setting up a new one.
I actually bought an errant $1700 ticket to Australia this way - having two airline ticket shopbots open at the same time (I got them to cancel the transaction though). So in a way, this being non $1700, I'm getting better...

post #7 of 7
I know the subject of brand feel was debated before, but K2 is one of the brands that definately has a distinct feel - they are generally very damp and low energy; they are pretty easy going and a no-surprise type ski with decent stability up to a certain speed where they then usually start to get a bit squirelly. What this means is they will generally go where they are pointed, are not easily deflected, and absorb a lot of terrain variations quite easily. The tradeoff is they are generally not very quick and energetic and lack pep. For some this = boring, but it also means a ski that will perform pretty well in bumps and crud.
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