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2010 k2 apache recons

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I've been skiing Volkl Supersport 6 stars for the past 4 years. I'm 195lbs, 5'10", an aggressive 60 year old, 7-8 level skiier.  I'm considering moving to a pair of K2 Apache Recons this year (177cm).  Anyone recommend (or hate)  this ski?

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This ski is the successor to the old Axis XP which was a very popular do it all mid-fat ski. The Recon, like the XP, is a great all purpose ski. It's not my favorite in this class due to how damp it is, versus my preference for a ski with a little more life. But if you like a damp ski, this would be a solid choice imo.
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post

This ski is the successor to the old Axis XP which was a very popular do it all mid-fat ski. The Recon, like the XP, is a great all purpose ski. It's not my favorite in this class due to how damp it is, versus my preference for a ski with a little more life. But if you like a damp ski, this would be a solid choice imo.


 You are going from a BMW (The Volkl) to a Lexus (The Recon), the Volkl, likes to be driven and the Recon likes to be ridden, it is the antithesis of the Volkl  you have. I would suggest demoing this ski, it is THAT much different than the Volkl. You very well could love the ski, but it IS different. 
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 You are going from a BMW (The Volkl) to a Lexus (The Recon), the Volkl, likes to be driven and the Recon likes to be ridden, it is the antithesis of the Volkl  you have. I would suggest demoing this ski, it is THAT much different than the Volkl. You very well could love the ski, but it IS different. 

I'm not sure the car equation relates here, but I certainly agree that the 6 Star and the Recon are very different skis. So different in fact, that I assumed ruscat is aiming for a different experience in the Recon. I also agree that there are a lot of good skis in that category worth trying before you buy.
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post

This ski is the successor to the old Axis XP which was a very popular do it all mid-fat ski. The Recon, like the XP, is a great all purpose ski. It's not my favorite in this class due to how damp it is, versus my preference for a ski with a little more life. But if you like a damp ski, this would be a solid choice imo.
I loved the Axis Pro, but think the Recon is one of the worst skis in it's category. Every single bit of the snap, crackle and pop of the Axis has been drained out of the Recon. It may have been the successor, but it's not a better ski.

If you liked the Volkl's, you'll hate the Recons - they're like real skis on an overdose of Valium - everything happens so sloooooley....

Of the skis
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Car Analogy...................

Recon = Cadillac with a throttle governor.

SJ
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Snofun3:  I've owned both and found them to ski pretty much the same:  user friendly, versatile, a big sweet spot, good in many conditions.  The K2 people told me they are virtually identical in construction.  A good, solid ski, definitely worth trying.
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Snofun3:  I've owned both and found them to ski pretty much the same:  user friendly, versatile, a big sweet spot, good in many conditions.  The K2 people told me they are virtually identical in construction.  A good, solid ski, definitely worth trying.
I agree Mike and I see tons of very good skiers in the Rockies that use this as their everyday, one-ski do it all ski. It's decent on hardpack and a very good crud, chopped snow ski.

Again, it's not my favorite due to how damp it is. I much prefer my Dynastar 8000 and my Head im82 due to the liveliness of these skis. There are a ton of good skis in this class. My recommendation is try several and buy the one you like the best.
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I own the Recon and a pair of Outlaws and I have a daughter who is a Volkl believer, big time.  SHE HATES K2's.  But yesterday, all that pop was the worst thing to have.  Place was full of the lumpy bumps from the tourists hiding under powder.  You couldn't see it, things looked smooth, but it was there.  The sneered-at "forgiveness" and dampness of the Outlaws just plowed right through like it didn't exist.  Auras weren't so happy.  I live for crud.  
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Car Analogy...................

Recon = Vintage Cadillac with a throttle governor, worn out shocks and lots of play in the steering.

SJ

(full disclosure - I own a '09 CTS4 w/3.6DI), I never would have bought it is it handled like........
 
Just to be a little more specific.

To those who believe they're the same ski as the Axis, take them out of the closet and look at that big bump over the middle (the "mod" damping), now look at the Recons - notice no big bump?  "Virtually identical construction"- not a chance.

5 minutes on either one will bear that out.
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Test drive them first. It shouldn't be hard to find a place that doesn't offer them as a demo option, given how popular of a ski it is.

I thought that I would like the Recon based on everything I read, but didn't when I demoed them along with a number of other skis a couple of years ago,   I thought they were way too damp,  But, that's just one old fart's opinion. Lots of people like them; only you will know whether you like them or not.
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