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Moving from K2 Apache Recons to Volkl Tigersharks 11 Powerswitch

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi:

 

New to the forum and have seen a lot of great responses to questions so I thought I'd give it a shot.

 

I'm mid 40s and a pretty decent skier. I wouldn't call myself an expert but a strong advanced skier that can ski pretty much any terrain. I'm season pass holder at Sunday River.

 

I've been skiing K2 Apache Recons for the past 3 years and they've been a great all mountain ski. I can pretty much do anything in this ski and have enjoyed the ride. But, I'm looking for something a little more aggressive - the K2s are good at everything but not great at any one thing.

 

I brought them in to my ski shop for a tune up and my ski guy showed me the Volkl Tigershark 11 with the Powerswitch. He thought this would be a great ski for my on the groomers to get that extra speed and turn that I'm looking for. I also noticed that they're not that much thinner than my K2 (75mm vs 78mm).

 

My question to you all is what should I expect moving from the K2 Recon to the Tigershark 11?

 

Should I keep the Recons for the softer powder days (not that we get many days like that at Sunday River)?

 

Any feedback on the differences between these two skis would be greatly appreciated.

 

thanks 

post #2 of 6

The Tigershark will certainly be more stable and have better grip. The thing that you give up is the easy going nature of the Recons. This is particularly evident in bumps or in the schmoo at the edges of the trails in the afternoons. It will take more effort to get the TS to flex of course, but that's the nature of a more aggressive ski and you will be going from one end of the aggro spectrum pretty much all the way to the other. BTW, the powerswitch thing is no big deal and Volkl is barely hanging on to it within their lineup.

 

SJ

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

SJ - thanks for the quick response. Sounds like perhaps I should keep both sets of skis and use the Tigersharks early in the day when I want to ski hard on some nice groomed runs .... and then move back to the Recons in the afternoon when the track get's sloppy and I want to relax and work less?

 

That about right? 

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Miggs View Post

SJ - thanks for the quick response. Sounds like perhaps I should keep both sets of skis and use the Tigersharks early in the day when I want to ski hard on some nice groomed runs .... and then move back to the Recons in the afternoon when the track get's sloppy and I want to relax and work less?

 

That about right? 


Maybe.

 

Personally, if I were going to have two skis (I have a LOT more than that......) I wouldn't have two that are so close in their capabilities. What I mean by that is that although those two skis have different temperments they really have about the same range of capability. They'll do the same things but at differing amperages. I would want the two to be more different in width than those two.

 

T'were me, and I were in your situation and with your goals, I'd dump the Recons and go for something in that width range (or a bit wider perhaps) but I'd split the difference in stiffness. Then, if I wanted a second ski, I'd go for a wider one with more of a soft snow orientation.

 

Then again, I is me and you is you.

 

SJ

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

SJ:

 

Great advice - thanks!!

 

So what skis would your recommend that I look at in that width range if I were to dump the Recons?

 

again, thanks in advance for all your help

post #6 of 6

There are a lot of good ones. Starting from #1a small step above the Recon, and moving progressively stiffer toward # 6 which is probably the stiffest you should consider.

 

1) K2 Rictor

2) Nordica Firearrow 80

3) Fischer Motive 84

4) Dynastar Sultan 85

5) Rossi Avenger 82 Ti

6) Blizzard Mag 8.1

 

Even though it sounds as if you are mostly a groomer guy, these somewhat wider skis wouldn't be too wide for what you do and would offer added versatility. I think the sweet spot within the group is probably #3-5.

 

SJ

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