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K2 Mt Baker Lenght

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hi all,

after many years of exploring the euro backcountry (mostly switzerland) on snowshoes/board, I just entered the world of AT skiing by orderig a pair of K2 mt baker skis (174). actually, they are supposed to be my do it all ski with a strong offpiste/touring bias. touring is really what i am into, and i hope i will be able to spend quite a few days skinnig up mountains in the future. i am not afraid of mediocre groomer performance the least bit since i have successfully boarded on backcountry specific boards on groomers for a long time, so i can get away with less than ideal egde hold (burton fish) and deal with the fear pretty well . you get the picture.

I'd consider myself a pretty good backcounty snowboarder and a good( read advanced?) skier on groomers except moguls (that may equal to a mediocre skier by US standards, however), but with plenty of room for improvement off piste. athletic and talented, though. hope so...

being 6'2 and 170lbs, i was kinda torn between 174 and 181. bodyweight seemed to suggest the 174- i decided in favour of the 174. does anyone here think i should rather be on the 181? and then uphill wight comes into play? to my knowledge a K2 ski are usually longer tip-tail than the length suggests, plus the baker is the widest ski for me so far, so float will be better than before ayway.

thoughts?

also i am interested to hear which boots might fit the ski. in terms of stiffness etc. i will likely be using them for the first shorts tours and some resort riding with my tecnica magnesiums. but in the long run i'd like to have some AT boots that have full decent downhill capabilities and even qualify for the occasional frontside riding day.

suggestions appreciated...
post #2 of 4
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ski is now on the way, so it will be 174.

still interested in AT boot suggestions, though.
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Originally Posted by Yurpsnow View Post
ski is now on the way, so it will be 174.

still interested in AT boot suggestions, though.
Get the ones that fit. Look at Scarpa, Garmont, Black Diamond and maybe Dynafit. After you figure out which ones fit, pick a model depending on your style and goals and the features offered.

Sounds like the BD Method, the Scarpa Spirit Four, the Garmont MegaRide and the Dynafit Zzero 4 U-MF might be good comparable models to start with for evaluation. Relatively easy-skiing and light, and likely a good match for the Mt. Baker.
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reason for asking is that K2 are stating the Baker was made for use with burly AT boots. indeed from what i have read so for the mageride/ spirit4 ballpark could be the ticket. will have to see where i can try some of these on...
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