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K2 Hellbent

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I think I may finally have finally found out how wide is too wide for normal everyday use.

A little about me:
240 lbs
5' 10"
level 8 to 9 skier
Ski an average of 30-40 days a year and have for almost the last 20 years
Current quiver includes the 2010 Dynastar Sultan 85 in a 178 for everyday use in the midwest and the 2009 Volkl Gotama in a 183 for my everyday out west ski.

After skiing some powder locally a few weeks ago I decided I wanted to pick up a pair of seriously fat skis and after reading a lot of reviews since demos are pretty much out of the question at home I bought a pair of 189 K2 Hellbents with Marker Schizo bindings.  Unfortunately I didn't have them in time to take them to Utah a couple of weeks ago so I was "forced" to take them out to the local hill to try them out.  My first impression when I pulled the skis out of the box was "HOLY CRAP THESE THINGS ARE HUGE!"  That seemd to be the reaction from most people I encounted this weekend as well.  The look on people's faces alone was almost worth the price.  On saturday I waited for the snow to soften up a bunch in the afternoon before I took them out.  The top half of the hill was slush on top of frozen hardpack and the bottom half the hill was true soft spring conditions.  As expected they have very little edge grip on soft snow but I was able to controlable skided turns without falling to my death.  When I got in the the spring mush though they really came alive.  I could carve nice big GS turns with relative ease as they stayed on top and plowed right through the slush and slop.  I did notice how soft the ski was though when I got some air off a little roller and landed a little back and that will take some getting use to for sure.  I had to be sure to stay on top of the ski or risk the ski washing out on harder snow.  As the snow softens up even more this week with rain and highs between 50 and 60 I look forward to take them out for a few more turns before taking them to Breck at the end of the month and hopefully using them as intended.
post #2 of 20
Those were my first words last spring when I saw my first ones, "Holy Crap Batman!"
Well, I saw a sick price at o2 yesterday and pulled the trigger. Figured, what the hell I may even get to ski them this april when I get back out to "SBtV".
These were 08/09@189 $359.99.
Why not!!!
TOO WIDE?
I'll find out for sure.

Present skis are Head Mojo 94@189.....love these boards, they do everything!
Edited by snokat - 3/9/10 at 4:59am
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
I found a semi-local shop (a little over an hour away) that had them for $550 with the bindings.  I thought was a pretty good deal considering the price of the Schizo bindings.
post #4 of 20
Matched up some Mojo 15s w/ 130 brakes for attachments.
I think I'm gonna need longer poles!!!;)

Got some Lekis on geartrade for a song.

Also, O2 dropped the price to $299.99, and i got price-matching credit. Yeah baby!!!!
Edited by snokat - 3/10/10 at 3:28pm
post #5 of 20
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 I got to try out the Hellbents yesterday for their intended purpose and they are simply amazing.  I was Breck all week and we finally got some snow measurable snow for Friday.  The resort was reporting 5 inches but most of the top of the mountain had 8-12 inches and even more where the wind got a hold of it.  I started out on my 2009 Gotamas but went back to the condo to grab the Hellbents when I saw how much snow there was.  I skied them with the Schizo bindings in the +1 location.  By the time I got back to the top there weren't many lift accessed lines that were untracked but I made the best of it.  I made a couple of runs off the Imperial chair in near white out conditions but was still blown away by the performance of the skis.  On the way back to the condo for lunch I realized that if stay on top of them, carry some speed, and stay centered they will carve a turn well enough on packed powder to make me wonder why I really need other skis.  Later in the afternoon I went up the T bar to ski some more windblown and chopped up snow.  It was a fantastic day and fantastic skis.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by cstreu1026 View Post

 I got to try out the Hellbents yesterday for their intended purpose and they are simply amazing.  I was Breck all week and we finally got some snow measurable snow for Friday.  The resort was reporting 5 inches but most of the top of the mountain had 8-12 inches and even more where the wind got a hold of it.  I started out on my 2009 Gotamas but went back to the condo to grab the Hellbents when I saw how much snow there was.  I skied them with the Schizo bindings in the +1 location.  By the time I got back to the top there weren't many lift accessed lines that were untracked but I made the best of it.  I made a couple of runs off the Imperial chair in near white out conditions but was still blown away by the performance of the skis.  On the way back to the condo for lunch I realized that if stay on top of them, carry some speed, and stay centered they will carve a turn well enough on packed powder to make me wonder why I really need other skis.  Later in the afternoon I went up the T bar to ski some more windblown and chopped up snow.  It was a fantastic day and fantastic skis.

Are you saying you had significantly more fun than you would have had on your gots? If so, would you elaborate why? I haven't tried a bigger ski yet, but the gots ski so well I don't feel the need, but maybe I'm off base, would appreciate a comparison. I'm 5'9, ski the 176 gold gots. They could be a tad longer, but I preferred them over the 183's for most conditions.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by squawbomber View Post




Are you saying you had significantly more fun than you would have had on your gots? If so, would you elaborate why? I haven't tried a bigger ski yet, but the gots ski so well I don't feel the need, but maybe I'm off base, would appreciate a comparison. I'm 5'9, ski the 176 gold gots. They could be a tad longer, but I preferred them over the 183's for most conditions.

You'll never understand till you try.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by squawbomber View Post




Are you saying you had significantly more fun than you would have had on your gots? If so, would you elaborate why? I haven't tried a bigger ski yet, but the gots ski so well I don't feel the need, but maybe I'm off base, would appreciate a comparison. I'm 5'9, ski the 176 gold gots. They could be a tad longer, but I preferred them over the 183's for most conditions.
 

If I had to pick 1 pair of skis to ski all the time it would be the Gotamas but for a soft snow ski the Hellbents are much better.  The Gotamas would probably have been better in a 190 vs. the 183's I have but still no match for the Hellbents.  The added float of the 122mm waist makes skiing powder a lot easier.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by squawbomber View Post




Are you saying you had significantly more fun than you would have had on your gots? If so, would you elaborate why? I haven't tried a bigger ski yet, but the gots ski so well I don't feel the need, but maybe I'm off base, would appreciate a comparison. I'm 5'9, ski the 176 gold gots. They could be a tad longer, but I preferred them over the 183's for most conditions.
 




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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post




You'll never understand till you try.


how is that you have ears and do not hear, eyes and do not see, feet and do not ski......  

try them, try them, you will see, you will love green eggs and ham.......


Bents are a blast, pure fun ski especially i the deep. 
post #10 of 20
Still waiting to ride mine next week in Vail, looks like I missed a BIG ONE this week.
Yeah, the difference on these fat boyz is the ability to slurve, slarve, smear or whatever you want to call it turns in the POW.
I have my Mojo 94s for lesser days, yet they are a gas in POW as well. I've been going wider from 90->94->105 and now 122.
I have a new pair of obSETHeds as well getting mounted right now. Yeah, Seth says he has a quiver of two, HBs and his name sake.
Oh, BTW, O2 sent me the 09/10s, they ran out of the "bloody eyeball/skull" model after I ordered them up.
I find that most of the Volkls are too stiff in the deeper stuff.....I use to race on P9s of every race model you can think of, others including Varios and Rangers.

Wish I were in Vail right now!
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post









how is that you have ears and do not hear, eyes and do not see, feet and do not ski......  

try them, try them, you will see, you will love green eggs and ham.......


Bents are a blast, pure fun ski especially i the deep. 

I'm still kicking myself for not picking up the ones you had for sale a while back. Though these are in my future: http://on3pskis.com/?page_id=45
post #12 of 20
ECI,
Or you can score these today with Griffon Schizos at O2 for $509 and take a trip nexxt week.

I'm on the bubble as to whick K2s I will squeeze into my bag with my Mojos, my RF2s come off to allow a fat pair in the bag.
This is the only reason I keep my old Railflexs around.
post #13 of 20
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The only problem I have with my Hellbents is packing them.  I have the 189 and I have to flex the ski a little to get it into my ski bag.  Once its in it has room but the zipper was not desigened to accommodate a ski that wide and that long. 
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by snokat View Post

ECI,
Or you can score these today with Griffon Schizos at O2 for $509 and take a trip nexxt week.

I'm on the bubble as to whick K2s I will squeeze into my bag with my Mojos, my RF2s come off to allow a fat pair in the bag.
This is the only reason I keep my old Railflexs around.

Orrrrr. I could hold off. Because:

A: I already own a rockered fatty that will hold me till the end of my season

and

B: Because I would rather spend my money on ski's that are pressed by American's in America 2 miles from my house.

and lastly

C: Who needs to take a trip. I skied waist deep pow yesterday.
post #15 of 20
where are you located?

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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post




Orrrrr. I could hold off. Because:

A: I already own a rockered fatty that will hold me till the end of my season

and

B: Because I would rather spend my money on ski's that are pressed by American's in America 2 miles from my house.

and lastly

C: Who needs to take a trip. I skied waist deep pow yesterday.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by WaStraightLine View Post

where are you located?

 



 

Portland
post #17 of 20
what skis are made in Portland?
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by WaStraightLine View Post

what skis are made in Portland?
 

http://on3pskis.com/
post #19 of 20
Looks like good stuff, Plus it looks like they support locals, pics of my home mtn are all over their website. I'll have to look into their stuff. I miss buying handmade skis from K2
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http://on3pskis.com/
post #20 of 20

Got a pair last year before the southern hem winter, waited for the day of powder and the skis didnt let me down. had a blast. the feeling is similar to surfing a sick wave. definatly get these skis if u want to play in powder

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