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K2 ski choice?? Advice solicited

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I was lucky to win the K2 skis in the raffle at ESA Aspen, and now need some advice as to what to get (I know- I will demo, but want some ideas, too).

Me- solid level 8 skier, ski only in the west. 130lbs, 5'8". Prefer bowls, powder, moderate to moderately fast speeds. Competent but not expert in the bumps and trees, so I like a bit shorter length. No interest in the park whatsoever. Also like to hike for turns (have an AT setup). Current quiver:
1. Atomic Snoops ('07 model- 88 waist, no twin tip, 163cm, 2nd season on them. My everyday go-to ski. I LOVE these skis, and find great flotation in powder with them, likely due to my light weight, as well as enjoy their surprisingly good quickness edge to edge on the groomed. I ski these in most conditions)
2. Fischer RC4 worldcup SC, 155cm, about 4 seasons old (used on hard snow days, still in great shape)
3. Atomic TM-X with Fritchi Freerides (167cm)- for BC and ski mountaineering
4. rock skis- Atomic R:ex, 167 cm. I really liked these when I got them, but now think (after skiing the Snoops) that they were probably too stiff for me, and that I prefer a softer ski. Still use these in early and late season conditions when the cover is thin.

I skied Madmike's Gotamas a few weeks ago and although they were kind of long for me (184?) I was pleasantly surprised at how they performed for me- surprisingly quick and easy to maneuver.

What I am thinking of: primarily the Coombas in 167, and even possibly putting my Fritchi's on them (I would need new skins, of course). I would think about using them for powder days inbounds with my alpine boots and bc with my AT boots. Has anyone skied them, especially if you have a standard of comparison to the Gotamas? Alternative suggestions (the fatter Apaches, perhaps?)? I am thinking primarily fatter than what I have now, as I don't think I need anything in the narrower spectrum (tell me if you think I'm off base).
post #2 of 17
Shall we add a poll to this thread?

Coombas(102w) 167 - lightweight fat
Kung Fujas(95w) 169 - go anywhere twin
Extreme(85w) 169 -versatile twin

*Ted, in our group, rented the Extreme for a day or two.
post #3 of 17
Anti Piste 174cm
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Comprex, what is the difference between the Anti Piste and the Coombas? The web site says they have a "mini-rocker" whatever that is (are they rockered or not? can you still carve a turn with them, but smear a turn in the powder? what are they like in the crud?)
post #5 of 17
Definitely look at the Outlaws.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Bob, I think the dimensions of the Outlaws are pretty similar to my Snoops, no? How do you think they might be different enough from what I already have?
post #7 of 17
Pontoon -189 cm... the most versatile ski for all abilities and all terrains!
post #8 of 17
There have been raves about the ObSethed.
post #9 of 17
trade in for another ski. But if you have to go with one of the uber heavy skis the Coomba is not bad
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Pontoon -189 cm... the most versatile ski for all abilities and all terrains!
Versatile? All terrains? Pontoons? Not sure I agree.

Another vote for the Obsethed...if you can ignore the graphics which are more subdued than in years' past.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Pontoon -189 cm... the most versatile ski for all abilities and all terrains!
Did I sound SARCASTIC enough? Guess not.
post #12 of 17
You already have a diverse quiver.

Given your penchant for bowls and powder at speed, why not go for something a bit further out: Hellbent's.

Your Snoops should handle the boot-deep stuff no problem.

Although I have Gotama's, which I treasure, for truly epic days I'd like a pair of Hellbent's.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by dp View Post
Bob, I think the dimensions of the Outlaws are pretty similar to my Snoops, no? How do you think they might be different enough from what I already have?

The Outlaws were 88 waist last year, but someone told me that they are wider this year to accommodate the addition of the x-plorer (84 waist) in the line. BUT, I could be wrong. The reviews on the Coombas intrigue me, but I have never skied them.
post #14 of 17
I would def. go for the BREWskis
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Pontoon -189 cm... the most versatile ski for all abilities and all terrains!
Quote:
Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Did I sound SARCASTIC enough? Guess not.
Yea,
I'm blonde, and even I got it.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by bbinder View Post
The Outlaws were 88 waist last year, but someone told me that they are wider this year to accommodate the addition of the x-plorer (84 waist) in the line. BUT, I could be wrong. The reviews on the Coombas intrigue me, but I have never skied them.
Outlaw IS 92 this year.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by dp View Post
Comprex, what is the difference between the Anti Piste and the Coombas? The web site says they have a "mini-rocker" whatever that is (are they rockered or not? can you still carve a turn with them)
Tips are rockered.

You're (far) lighter than me so the midsection will hold a lot better on hardpack for ya.
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