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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
 OK, I have the terrible problem of having to choose a pair of K2 skis as a result of winning the raffle at ESA Stowe.  I currently own and ski a Fischer Progressor 8+ (72 underfoot) and the Volkl Aura (92).  I'm a strongish intermediate skier with some off-piste issues.  As I type this, I'm hypersensitive to Bushwacker's signature, "its not that you cant ski the bumps, its that you cant ski and the bumps prove it"

I'm working on fixing that.

I'm a 5'10" female, about 160 lbs.

I've been wanting to try a ski with a width in between what I already have (a wider powder ski is impractical for me, living in the East and skiing out West maybe once a year).  Something narrower, a little quicker edge to edge than the Auras (which are currently killing my knees) and a bit softer and more forgiving. (The Fischers have been amazing so far). So, after perusing the K2 site, I came up with the following options:

K2 women's She's Back:  80 width all mountain ski that can be used for touring as well.  Longest length is 167.
K2 Backup: 82 waist ski that seems like its the unisex equivalent to the She's Back.  Lengths of 167 and 174 are options.

Twintips:
K2 women's Missdemeanor: 80 width twin, longest length is 169.
K2 EXT: unisex equivalent to Missdemeanor with lengths of 169 and 174.
K2 Extreme: 85 waist twin, lengths of 169, 174.

I'm leaning towards the Backup in a 174; I'm worried the She's Back may be a little short?  Or no?  
I'd like this ski to be able to do pretty well (i.e. help me) in the bumps.

Do a little vicarious shopping and help me!
Edited by Twintip - 12/20/09 at 3:36pm
post #2 of 26
 Gotback 174
post #3 of 26
 Wait.  Choices are slim at K2 right now, inventory is down to nothing in most of the skis. If you play your cards right, you might be seeing a 10-11 model. Let me know if I can help with the order, if for bindings or even just for a free mounting. 
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

 Gotback 174
Would I have any use for this here in the East, or would it just be my western ski?  I've heard good things about it and it certainly looks cool.

I'm just intrigued by the She's Back and Backup and the quickness the narrower ski would offer me.  Something perhaps for snowy days here in the East that is fairly light and maneuverable?  God, I wished I lived where I could do some touring......
post #5 of 26

Can you demo anywhere near where you live?  That would give you the best evaluation of models.

How long are your Volkls and Fischers?

 

If the Volkls are "killing your knees", you might be interested in a shorter length.  Would the Shes Backs be shorter?  I'll bet they'll be easier to turn.

post #6 of 26
Wow, girl you're gonna make me do some research!

I really like the looks of the Back up for what you're looking for.  Its a nice quiver filler between your carver and midfat.
http://k2skis.com/skis/backside/backup
Back up:
The down isn’t the only focus for this skier. Equally suitable as a resort telemark ski or a high performance ski mountaineering tool, the BackUp’s lightweight core offers a tireless ascent, while the two sheets of metal provide exceptional edge hold, and a damp, supple feel unmatched in lightweight skis. Whether descending frozen corn or skinning on hard, bony conditions, this is a ski you can depend on.

I think going for the gotback will be overkill for a majority of your skiing, and you're working on strengthening your knee right now so the wider ski may not serve you well.

Every once in a while K2 has a video of new product on their facebook page, check it out.
http://www.facebook.com/K2Skis?ref=ts
Edited by Trekchick - 12/20/09 at 4:46pm
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Wow, girl you're gonna make me do some research!

I really like the looks of the Back up for what you're looking for.  Its a nice quiver filler between your carver and midfat.
http://k2skis.com/skis/backside/backup
Back up:
The down isn’t the only focus for this skier. Equally suitable as a resort telemark ski or a high performance ski mountaineering tool, the BackUp’s lightweight core offers a tireless ascent, while the two sheets of metal provide exceptional edge hold, and a damp, supple feel unmatched in lightweight skis. Whether descending frozen corn or skinning on hard, bony conditions, this is a ski you can depend on.

I think going for the gotback will be overkill for a majority of your skiing, and you're working on strengthening your knee right now so the wider ski may not serve you well.

Every once in a while K2 has a video of new product on their facebook page, check it out.
http://www.facebook.com/K2Skis?ref=ts

there is no way that skis skis as nice as the extreme/misdemenors wonder skis.

I vote for the misdemenors in a 169 personally.
post #8 of 26
I haven't skied any of the recent K2s, unfortunately. What about the Lotta Luv in a 170? Halfway between your two current skis, width-wise, and hopefully not so so much sidecut or torsional stiffness to ruin your fun in the bumps?

Not sure of the politics around this, under the circumstances, but if you have a particular ski in mind that's not a K2, maybe you could just pick SOMETHING and then sell them as new and get what you really want. If you're serious about moguls, it sounds to me like you want something softer and straighter - but only a bit wider - than the Fischers you already have. Something like the Elan 777, for example? Not an ace bump skier myself, though, so take this with a grain of salt.
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
I don't need a bump specific ski and want something 80-ish in width.  I agree with Bushwacker that the Missdemeanor is a damn nice ski, too.  I don't want to go real long as a shorter length will help me with my knee....

So, perhaps I've narrowed it down to the Missdemeanor in a 169 or the She'sBack in a 167.  For me right now, shorter may be better.

BTW Kneale Brownson, my Fischers are 165 and my Volkls are 177 (but they're more like a 172).
post #10 of 26
 The Lotta IS a choice, it is one damn ugly ski...seeing your choice in pants..you could make them work. 
post #11 of 26
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 The Lotta IS a choice, it is one damn ugly ski...seeing your choice in pants..you could make them work. 
WOW!  I just got SMACKED!   I think I'll let my pants do the talking and get the Missdemeanors or She's Backs.  They're a little more graphically subdued!  AND they both seem like really awesome skis.  I've been jonesing to try the Missdemeanors for awhile, they always have rave reviews from mags and from women I know who ski them; I just learned about the She's Backs and I'm intrigued.

The Lotta Luv is a great ski too.....I think many women (just not me) could ski that and also look great on it. 
post #12 of 26
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WOW!  I just got SMACKED!   I think I'll let my pants do the talking and get the Missdemeanors or She's Backs.  They're a little more graphically subdued!  AND they both seem like really awesome skis.  I've been jonesing to try the Missdemeanors for awhile, they always have rave reviews from mags and from women I know who ski them; I just learned about the She's Backs and I'm intrigued.

The Lotta Luv is a great ski too.....I think many women (just not me) could ski that and also look great on it. 
 

Actually there was a complement, few people could pull them off. You are one of them. 
 
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Actually there was a complement, few people could pull them off. You are one of them. 
 
Aw shucks, thanks.  :-)  I'm leaning towards the Missdemeanors in a 169 if I can get them.  I'm digging those retro graphics, and I know it's a fun ski.
post #14 of 26
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Aw shucks, thanks.  :-)  I'm leaning towards the Missdemeanors in a 169 if I can get them.  I'm digging those retro graphics, and I know it's a fun ski.
 


 It is. want me to see if there are any left?
post #15 of 26
 Phil you know how to give a double handed compliment eh?
post #16 of 26
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 It is. want me to see if there are any left?
Yup!
post #17 of 26
Damn I wish our BSL were closer so I could try then WHEN you go to Aspen......hint hint
post #18 of 26
 FWIW - I don't see how a shorter ski will be easier on your knee. Narrower, yes, shorter, I don't see it. It seems like you already have a good tool for hard snow and a good ski for intermediate conditions, so somehow the Gotback still seems like the one to me. If you don't thik you'll ever have the chance to ski it, the Extreme would be a lot of fun.
post #19 of 26
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 Phil you know how to give a double handed compliment eh?


 It is a talent. 
post #20 of 26
 have any of you actually skied a 169 missdemenor ? Its a ripping little ski. VERY fast in bumps and trees with good edge hold on groomers lack stabilty(its a 169 womens skis on my feet) but they werent my skis though duhh...
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
I've had friends who own this ski, and they all loved it.  None of them were park skiers, they used it all mountain and it went everywhere. 
post #22 of 26
 Sooooo?
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
My decision may rest on the inventory.  I am torn between the She's Back and the Missdemeanor.  There are no Missdemeanors left, so would have to wait for next year's.

Philpug, or anyone else in the know, how would you compare these 2 skis? 
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by Twintip View Post

My decision may rest on the inventory.  I am torn between the She's Back and the Missdemeanor.  There are no Missdemeanors left, so would have to wait for next year's.

Philpug, or anyone else in the know, how would you compare these 2 skis? 

169 extreme then.....shes back is crapplo non factory K2. 
post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 
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169 extreme then.....shes back is crapplo non factory K2. 
Oooooh.........I just saw the Extreme in my ski shop and it's sweet!  Ski shop guys and shop owner recommended that one to me over the others.  I may have to wait till next year if it's out of stock.....but that ski looks worth it!
post #26 of 26
 Sure would be nice if you got a demo binding put on it so your good friend can try it out. 
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