The Mach is a different shape and construction. It is 100/63/89. It has the torsion box construction similar to the Axis X . I haven't skied it but I suspect that it will be a fine bump ski. Does anyone have a personal report on this?
I did ski the Mach S on packed powder last February. I was at the WWSRA show in Sun Valley so I was able to compare it to many other new skis. Now I'm not in bed with K2 and I have to say that IMHO, prior to the Mod X, K2 had not had a successful ski since the K2 4 was released. (Well, I did have an affair with the Morrison, but that doesn’t make it a successful ski from a dealer’s point of view). Anyway, I’m spacing a bit so I’ll get right down to what I started to say.
The Mach S is going to make a lot of people very happy. Like I said above, I skied it in it’s element and it was superb! I’m about 175-180 and was on the 174. It showed exceptional precision, as it’s edgehold blended superbly with it’s predictability. No surprises. Big sweet spot. Short radius turns were dependably crisp. Very quick, solid, predictable, huge G-forces. Strangely, long radius turns were just fine, too. No twitchy weirdness. No discomfort from geometry forced to perform feats not in their performance envelope. Going straight? I never do that anymore so I can’t comment. I enjoyed them in bumps, though there are no doubt better tools. I would love to see if they would function in the PNW off-piste.
Short Slaloms have not been my favorite skis. I don’t dislike them, it’s just that they don’t match the way I ski. These? I could see having a pair for everyday. Overall, I highly recommend the Mach S. As a dealer on this forum I’m sometimes conflicted. I try very hard not to pimp next year’s stuff while I am still selling this year’s. So sometimes I keep my mouth shut when I really want to tell the world. I’ve been wanting to let this out for a while now and since I’m sold out I want you all to know……….The Mach S ROCKS!