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K2 VO Slalom

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Thread Starter 
Skier stats:
Male
5'9"
170 pounds
Level 8-9 skier (debatable)

Ski Stats:
K2 VO Slalom -wood core-advanced-expert slalom racing skis
tip-skinny
mid-skinnier
tail-skinny
r=just this side of infinity
bevel=flat and square and sharp enough to cut diamonds

Bindings:
Look 99s (turntables) set around 7.75

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Terrain tested:
Blue and black terrain at Blue Knob Resort, PA.  Mostly groomers with some ice patches and a few bumps.

Comments:
These skis are very heavy and pretty stiff.  They still had quite a bit of camber left but were probably even stiffer back in the day (early 80s).  Other than being expectedly sluggish compared to modern SL skis they hold pretty well mid turn at high speeds, comparable to today's GS skis.  I will compare them to the FO series that was similar but had a deeper sidecut and a foam core.  The 710 FO was quite a bit more nimble, but not as beefy at very high speeds.  I'd say the flex was more like that of the 2000 Fours.

The VO is a great SL ski of the era, but I'd have to say I still prefer the FO and 12 series of 1980s K2 racing skis.  I will add the caveat that I have gained noticeable weight since the last time I skied those series so I might change my mind next time I ski my 12s.
Edited by crgildart - 3/3/10 at 1:31pm
post #2 of 15
Quote:
Skier stats:
Male
5'9"
170 pounds
Level 8-9 skier (debatable)
With those stats, you could stand to eat a few extra meals, eh?
Maybe a few meals at an ESA event so you can stop the debate about the level 8-9 

Quote:
Ski Stats:
K2 VO Slalom -wood core-advanced-expert slalom racing skis
tip-skinny
mid-skinnier
tail-skinny
r=just this side of infinity
bevel=flat and square and sharp enough to cut diamonds
That's freakin' funny! ^^^

 This is a great review!
post #3 of 15
 OK.. there are VO's and there are VO's. Race flexes range from right around 20 to 25, I am told anything over 25 was reserved for Team members, Phil skied a 26.5. The pair that I sent RossiSmash were a 22.x (I forget the exact "point"), I have a pair of 24.8 here. The Flex between the two pair was dramatic. Unless your serial number begins with an R, it is a beefy 712. 
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
OK yep, my serial begins with "204" so these aren't race stock.  I never claimed they were.  I compared my plain old VOs to plain old 12s and plain old FOs.  To be fair, aren't there also race stock versions of the 12s (also beefier) that would be a more legitimate comparison to your race stock VOs?
post #5 of 15
 Hey Crgildart, tell them to can it!  At least you were man enough to drill 'em, and ski 'em!
post #6 of 15
Please compare and contrast them with the Fischer RC4 Vacuum Technic Slaloms.

Did you need to slam the tips into moguls to initiate really sharp turns?
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post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
I guess R stands for refrain from skiing on.  Maybe we need a NASTAR challenge next season.  Me on my VOs versus Philpug on his.  That is unless he's chicken..
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
OK back on the serious side Phil. What's your BSL?  If you ever get this far South I'll let you try my VOs if we can make them fit.  
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

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Geez, Phil! I thought you were a purist! Look at all the corrosion on those edges! I'm VERY disappointed in you!  
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post





Geez, Phil! I thought you were a purist! Look at all the corrosion on those edges! I'm VERY disappointed in you!  

Understood. That is the way I received the skis. I have since passed them along to RossiSmash (since I had the virgin ones), I am sure he cleaned them up and made them snow ready.

 
post #12 of 15
I demoed a pair of VO 's back in the eraly 80"s while at Snowmass on vacation. I can remember thinking this brute of a muscle ski would be tough to ski. Must have been one with a lesser flex rating as it was a fun  fairly easy going ski.

Had a pair of 812"s 207 's as my own skis and these were pretty beffy boards I remember.
post #13 of 15
 This thread brought back memories(mid 80's...I think) of a trip to SLC for a meeting when I thought about bringing skis and heading up to Snowbird if I had a chance. There had been no new snow in Utah for weeks so I grabbed my 204 VO's and thought that would be the perfect ski. Woke up in the morning, turned on the local SLC news to find that Snowbird had 20" new overnight. Called the front desk and asked the best way to get up to Snowbird......I was told just grab my skis, head across the street from the hotel and get on the # 20 bus (SLC transit). Think the fare was around $0.75 or so.  Got off the bus at the front door of the Snowbird base, bought a ticket, jumped on the tram and then jumped into the 20" of new. Hard to believe I had such a good day on VO's....wow, how things change!! 
post #14 of 15
I have a very unusual pair of VO's which have the pink KVC/KV COMP top sheet but are VO's underneath.  I didn't know what they were when I bought them: I thought they were the KVC model.   I have a letter from K2 explaining them when I wrote after a ski shop guy identified them. 

They aren't much fun to ski on compared to current skis.
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
^^^^^
I saw a pair of "VO Unlimited" at a local thrift store.  I didn't buy them because they are in terrible shape.  I'm going to take out my 193 CM Fours tomorrow.  I think I have the most recent version (00-01 maybe?).  It has that stupid blinking light.  I almost didn't buy them when I saw that thing (cost $50 with bindings in immaculate shape, not a single ding).  Hopefully the heel pieces won't blow when I step in
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