EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › What K2 ski to buy?????
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What K2 ski to buy?????

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm in the fortunate position that i can choose pretty much any of the K2 Ski line-up... just not sure what to go for.

IF you could choose one ski from the range, what one would it be and why?

I ski pretty much anywhere on the mountain and am getting more and more into skiing off-piste, bumps, wee jumps (but not too big), just generally faffing about on skis. I still like to go fast and carve on the groomers though and occassionally throw out some short turns when need be.

So, what ski would you take and why... help me choose
post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 
right... no-one has any info in general, so...

If you had to ski one of the K2 line-up at Lake Louise, what would it be. I'm thinking of getting the PE in 179.
post #3 of 16
Just going by their lineup, probably the Recon.
post #4 of 16
I'll second the Recon. I've been skiing it this year and have been impressed with its versatility.
post #5 of 16
PE or the Recon. PE is really fun to ski and performs well in most conditions. Great all mountain ski. I don't remember much about the Recon when I ski'd it, but many like it for an all mountain ski.
post #6 of 16
Outlaw.
post #7 of 16
Why not figure out which ski is selling the best on ebay (or anywhere), pick that one, and sell it. Demo a bunch of skis (other than K2) and use the proceeds to buy whatever you like best.

That way you get to choose from all the brands, not just K2. And you get to demo before you buy. Unless for some reason you absolutely HAVE TO ride the K2 brand (for example, a friend/relative you ski with is hooking you up and you wouldn't want to insult them)(or this is a sponsorship thing).
post #8 of 16
I tried the Apache xPlorer (sp?) the other day and was favorably impressed. Very turny and good edge grip on the firm, even though it's a wide-ish off-piste oriented ski. It's new for next season and if I understand correctly fits into the slot vacated by the Recon, which is even wider for next season.

Worth a try anyway.
post #9 of 16
if I had to ski something from the K2 lineup I'd seriously consider quitting skiing, then after I realized that nothing is worth quitting skiing I'd look at the PE, maybe the Outlaw is you want something easy to ski, or the Seth if you like the softer snow
post #10 of 16
The Recon, PE and Outlaw are all great skis, and it is beyond me why some people despise the K2 brand. They have always made great skis and continue to.
post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by thaar View Post
I don't remember much about the Recon when I ski'd it, but many like it for an all mountain ski.
Exactly. Not much to remember. Compared to the best in the catagory (Dynastar 8k or MR, Volkl AC30/40, Nordica Top Fuel / Jet Fuel), they're at best second tier skis.

Go for the PE's or something, or like the other suggestion, put them on ebay new then go for something else.
post #12 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
if I had to ski something from the K2 lineup I'd seriously consider quitting skiing...
Quote:
Originally Posted by skieast569 View Post
...all great skis, and it is beyond me why some people despise the K2 brand. They have always made great skis and continue to.
That pretty much sums up K2. People love 'em or hate 'em. And it's generally the exact same attributes that elicit these reactions. For instance, they're damp. Some say that equals smooth or calm, and some say that equals dead.

If you generally prefer softer, damp feeling, easy-going skis, then you'll probably like K2s.

If you like quick turn initiation, stiffer flex, and "pop", you'll probably hate them.

As for the idea of selling them, IMO the Recon and PE will have the best resale $.
post #13 of 16
I've been skiing on the recon and love them. The closest I get to off-piste is crud, but it's good in that, groomers, fresh snow and ice. Seems like it's what you're looking for.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Phlogiston, have you been on the outlaw as well?

If so, what did you prefer.

I'm hoping to be able to choose from next years skis, then i'd probably go for the outlaw or explorer. maybe even the recon if it's gone up in size a bit.

post #15 of 16
Hellbents, yo, in a 189cm.....
post #16 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Walt View Post
I tried the Apache xPlorer (sp?) the other day and was favorably impressed. Very turny and good edge grip on the firm, even though it's a wide-ish off-piste oriented ski. It's new for next season and if I understand correctly fits into the slot vacated by the Recon, which is even wider for next season.

Worth a try anyway.
Actually, one of the guys from a local shop the other day was demoing a lot of skis and told me the OUTLAW has gotten wider and the Explorer is in between the Recon and the Outlaw.

I own both. If you want ONE ski, then pick the Recon. If you have a ski that width (78, I think) then get the Outlaw. I have the FLAT versions, which are supposed to be a tad lighter than the system versions. Both are great in crud and cut up conditions because they don't chatter and just move right on through. They are NOT race skis, however. If you like to bomb groomers, pick something else. If you can't pick something else, the Recon is better IMHO than the Outlaw. For whatever reason, I just get down the hill faster on the thinner ski.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › What K2 ski to buy?????