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post #31 of 62
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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post
The VO was made by Volkl.
so were the Mahre's skis


(just kidding, don't reopen that topic!)
post #32 of 62
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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post
The VO was made by Volkl.
Here we go again. :
post #33 of 62
Thread Starter 
So are you saying the the K2 VO actually was K2 VO(lkl)????

very interesting.......
post #34 of 62
I'm not really, but some knowledgeable people claimed Phil and Steve's VOs were.
post #35 of 62
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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post
I'm not really, but some knowledgeable people claimed Phil and Steve's VOs were.
Then, the NSA:: had to kill them:
post #36 of 62
Oh, man.
Hand-me-down Winter Heats were my first skis, followed by 610 Comps, and then the Pre 1500s that I first broke a leg on. Those were the days.
post #37 of 62
Thread Starter 

K2-Red, White and Blue....

Calling all "veteran" skiers....particularly K2 Fans....

When these first appeared in a sea of Head/Hart skis, what was the reaction? I remember them in the early 70's, but I was a bit young to
see the overal picture.

What year did they first appear?
How many years between the release of the four comp, four winter heat and the five comp? What was the last year the five comp was sold?

See pic below (not mine!)
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post #38 of 62
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
Calling all "veteran" skiers....particularly K2 Fans....

When these first appeared in a sea of Head/Hart skis, what was the reaction? I remember them in the early 70's, but I was a bit young to
see the overal picture.

What year did they first appear?
How many years between the release of the four comp, four winter heat and the five comp? What was the last year the five comp was sold?

See pic below (not mine!)
Hmmm, I had the "four" set-up with the Market elastomat heels combined with Raichle Red Hots in about 1970, so I'd say we're talking about 1970-75 in this grouping.

Those Markers preleased at will (some things never change) and even on the lift there was the danger of them falling off when used with with "hard sole" (plastic vs leather) soles. An absolutely terrifying combination.
post #39 of 62
Around the mid-90's, a pair of 150 cm K2 Shorts wandered into my garage from points unknown. They were mounted with 444 rental bindings. A few years ago I swapped out the 444's for some 502's, mounted a little forward of the standard mounting point, to see what kind of ballet ski they would make. They turned out to be sorta dead, as in rented a few times too many. When I did anything that required the ski to give back a little, they just washed out. From the bindings, I'd guess they were '74-'75 vintage.

I had been seeing K2's around since at least the early 70's. I learned to ski around '69-'70 and K2s seemed to be around from about that time, as far as I can remember.
post #40 of 62
Back in the days of 30 minute lift lines, you spent alot of time checking out everyone (you know, the stretch pants days). I always thought the K2's looked awesome from below as people got on the lift. In a sea of black bases, the three color bases looked special.
post #41 of 62
Thread Starter 
[quote=Morrison Claystone;926938]Around the mid-90's, a pair of 150 cm K2 Shorts wandered into my garage from points unknown.


MC...

Here's a pair of Shorts with their big brother, Cheseburger Deluxe!
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post #42 of 62
Thread Starter 

Late 60's K2's?

now these go back even further....

Holiday, Elite and Competition
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post #43 of 62

just a quick question, I was given a pair of skis just like the ones you have in your photo (4th one from left) I know nothing about these, are they worth anything? Do you know what the history is on them? Thanks for your help.

post #44 of 62

I can carry on about early K2's for awhile.

 

K2 was a bit obscur until they brought out the red white and blue competition in late 1969.  The ski was an instant hit.  We were all racing on Kneissls, Stratos, or a few lucky people on VR17's.  Heads and Harts were already dead in the race scene. 

 

I qualified for the midwest championships in 1970 and a local ski shop lent me a pair of 207's to use in the downhill.  The ski was amazing in that it had some flex near the binding and would carve a turn if properly coaxed.  I tried pushing the heels and they wouldn't go....then they took off on an arc.  It blew me away. Even though I was 120 lbs I  skied sl better on those 207's than my 200 cm Kneissl Red Stars

 

The next year I used a 200   K2 Comp in sl and the local shop gave me some 215's for gs and dh.  I weighed 130 lbs, and won the first two downhills I skied on those.  The tops would chip and delaminate, but the ski held up well. 

 

for the 1971-72 season they came out with the Four, with the red white and blue bottom, the first multi-colored bottom I remember. They had a movie about a group early freesyle skiers in a k2 bus which was a big hit.  The Four arced better than ever, but was a bit squirrelly and some people preferred the old ones.  I couldn't get a pair and ended up on Strato 102's, more stable but less of a carver.  I picked up a pair at the end of the year and took them to Switzerland, where they were quite the novelty.

 

They started making freestyle skis, and except for their efforts with the Mahres, they faded out of the race scene. I never got to try the Five, but I skied the 810 side by side with a Kastle in the 80's and wasn't impressed.

post #45 of 62
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

They had a movie about a group early freesyle skiers in a k2 bus which was a big hit. 


Dick Barrymore's "The Performers", available on Netflix. Only 26 minutes long, but it's a hoot!

post #46 of 62
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

 

for the 1971-72 season they came out with the Four, with the red white and blue bottom, the first multi-colored bottom I remember. They had a movie about a group early freesyle skiers in a k2 bus which was a big hit.  The Four arced better than ever, but was a bit squirrelly and some people preferred the old ones.  I couldn't get a pair and ended up on Strato 102's, more stable but less of a carver.  I picked up a pair at the end of the year and took them to Switzerland, where they were quite the novelty.

 

The original 4s were notorious for edges pulling out.  I went through 3 pair of 4s in the 72-73 season then my warrantee ran out.  Fortunately I had some Strato 102s to fall back on.  My two other friends that raced on 4s had the same experience.   

post #47 of 62

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post #48 of 62
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The original 4s were notorious for edges pulling out.  I went through 3 pair of 4s in the 72-73 season then my warrantee ran out.  Fortunately I had some Strato 102s to fall back on.  My two other friends that raced on 4s had the same experience.   


I had the same experience.  The edges would crack and pull out.  I tried to use them in 72-73 and 73-74 but kept breaking the edges and going back to the Strato 102.  Nice ski when they were intact.
 

post #49 of 62

I have a set of K2 usa compettion fours with original marker bindings just hanging out would be willing to sell them to a worthy collector cheap

post #50 of 62

hey

are the 710's for sale?

i live and ski in colorado and used have a pair and would like to be on them again.

dean

post #51 of 62

In case anyone might be interested, these are currently on CL in San Francisco...

 

K2 VO-SLALOM SKIS WITH BINDINGS - $29

 

post #52 of 62

I bought a set of K2 KVC Competition Skis from a friend years ago.  I'm trying to sell the skis, boots & poles.  Can anyone tell me what price to list them for?  They look exactly like the neon pink ones in the photo.  Where do you locate the cm/Size on the ski?  I'm not exactly informed  about the sport as you can tell.  I'm not sure where to find the "cm" or "size" on the ski.  Below is the initial add that I've started from Internet research.

 

ANY help is appreciated.

post #53 of 62
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Originally Posted by Miss Informed View Post

I bought a set of K2 KVC Competition Skis from a friend years ago.  I'm trying to sell the skis, boots & poles.  Can anyone tell me what price to list them for?  They look exactly like the neon pink ones in the photo.  Where do you locate the cm/Size on the ski?  I'm not exactly informed  about the sport as you can tell.  I'm not sure where to find the "cm" or "size" on the ski.  Below is the initial add that I've started from Internet research.

ANY help is appreciated.
size should be listed on the sidewall of the skis. As far as value, its will be minimal, but less than $50 depending what bindings is on them and if they are matching KVC poles.
post #54 of 62

Very  Good condition

Pair of Dolomite DSL 262 Ski Boots Size: Mondo 25  US Women's 8.5, 290mm.

These boots were made in Italy. They're beige with white and pink trim. They've been used, but not abused. There is some scuffing and minor scratching from use, but these boots still have life in them.  Also comes with a spiffy carrying handle (also used).

K2 KVC KV Competition Team Slalom Skis ____cm, Size___fiber reinforced

1996 Marker M36 Bindings, Features DIN 7890 release settings

SCOTT  120cm/48" Poles

 

Is "M36" the cm?

 

 

Thanks so much for the help

 

 

post #55 of 62
M36 are the bindings. Looking by how far the toe piece is on the graphics, the skis look short, maybe a 160cm length. With those two nits of information...the bindings are from he very early 90's and are no longer indemnified, which means the manufacturer, Marker, will not stand behind them any more and no ski shop can work on them to adjust to a new boot and different skier. The short length actually has less value than a typically common 190-204cm length for a collector that might want a KVC. With all that said, these are worth relatively nothing. Sorry.
post #56 of 62

Thank you again for the help.  It's a really cool site.

post #57 of 62

Thank you again for the help.  It's a really cool site.

post #58 of 62
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Thank you again for the help.  It's a really cool site.
you are more than welcome. I hope you stick around. biggrin.gif
post #59 of 62
Thanks for the memories! Had both the 710s and 810s as a young racer and loved them. Had them with the old Marker "Explodomats" so called because the "Rotomat" heel piece sent little springs flying into the snow if you had a heel release, requiring you to put it all back together with cold gloveless fingers. The K2/Markers of course then had to be paired with high stiff bright orange Lange Banshee boots - this was the gear combo my heroes Phil and Steve Mahre raced in. I never raced nearly as fast as them but sure felt cool using the same gear! smile.gif.
post #60 of 62

I have these nice K2 ski boots from the 70's. About to put them on ebay. Any background about these please?  Thanks

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