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New Ski Decision K2, recon, Rictor or Shockwave??

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I am in Intermediate Blue skier that occasionally ski in powder. I only ski a couple of times a year. I am heading to Solitude in Feb. I am 5'10" and 170 pounds and i now have scott mission 185 which are way to big for me. Any suggestions?
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For midwest hard pack, groomed corduroy, some ice, and rear powder, I took a hard look at the Head monster IM 78 for an all mountain ski.  For an all mountain ski and Skiiing at solitude (St. Lake city, utah), the IM82 is likely a better choice given less hard pack, more powder, more off piste possibilities.  Might want to check if anybody demo's ski's out there depending on your usage some fishe watea's might be fun for a wider waste powder ski too.

 

You can also google for  skigenie it lets you plug in your usage, skill level, weight, etc and gives you a top three picks.

 

I ended up with 2011 Blizzard Magnum 7.6's, but I would have chosen something more for off piste, and a little bit more powder for Utah skiing (with groomer compatibility, and all around mountain compatibility, occasional mogul, etc).

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Isn't the Recon discontinued?

 

"The Rictor blends All-Terrain Rocker with an ideal amount of waist width and sidecut into a model worthy of replacing K2’s best selling Apache Recon ski."

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I skied the Aftershock and while it was respectable in pow (floating my 6'3" 230 lbs pretty well at 181) I thought it was absolutely horrible on icy groomers.  The ski is VERY flexible, which is what contributes to it's float, but it gives out under any kind of aggressive skiing at all.  Forget about it if you intend to ski groomers with any regularity.  

 

I haven't ski'd the Rictor but it was on my shortlist for an all-mountain ski as well until I flexed it side by side with the Aftershock in the store.  It's also a VERY flexible ski, so definitely not ideal for more aggressive or heavier weight skiers.  That said, the whole K2 "rocker" line has been getting good reviews and is a good Intermediate level ski.  

 

I enjoyed the K2 Charger on groomers--was really playful and easy to ski.  If you mostly stick to groomers, that could be a good choice for you if you only ski a couple times a year, maybe in the 174 for your height and weight?

 

I just picked up the Volkl Kendo and love it--but wouldn't consider it to be a blue square ski at all.  If you are really more of an all-mountain type of skier 50% on trail, 50% off, you might enjoy something softer like a Prophet 90 better.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Recons are discontinued but you can still get them on Ebay.

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The Recons are discontinued but you can still get them on Ebay.


Best to leave them there. One of the most underwhelming skis of the past decade. My understanding is the new K2 stuff is far superior (hard not to be as far as I'm concerned)

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