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    Need some constructive advice on new ski purchase

    I'm looking for a good ski to complement my Rossi B-1s. Something to use on soft snow and powder that would be good in the trees and to take out west a couple of times a year. Right now I'm trying to decide between K2 Apache Recons, Rossi B-2s, Volkl AC30s and Dynastar 8000s. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Razor View Post
    I'm looking for a good ski to complement my Rossi B-1s. Something to use on soft snow and powder that would be good in the trees and to take out west a couple of times a year. Right now I'm trying to decide between K2 Apache Recons, Rossi B-2s, Volkl AC30s and Dynastar 8000s. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
    I like the recons and B-2s find them both to be very similiar. Both great for carving, however neither is a powder ski. If you want something that's good on both groomers and powder, I would recommend either the Atomic Metron M11 or the Nordica Hot Rod Jet Fuel. Both verstile skis.
    Last edited by andyzee; Oct 6, 2007 at 4:09 PM.

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    I love my K-2 Apache recons! They are the best ski I have ever used and I highly recommend them.

    They are extremely forgiving and absolutely amazing in almost any conditions. They rock on bumps and kick ass on choppy fresh snow.

    I demoed the Volkl AC 3s and the Rossi-B2s before I bought the K-2 recons and without a doubt liked the recons the best!

    And it is not just me who loves them. Whenever I meet someone else who has them they rave about them too. In fact when I was in Jackson Hole I couldnt believe how many people were skiing on the K-2s!

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    My bad, I got the Recons confused with the Crossfire, which is a narrower ski.

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    It is no secret that I am a devoted lover of the Legend 8000s and have been since their first year. For perspective, I am 6'1" and weight 210 lbs and ski mostly Jay, Mad River, Burke, and Cannon. Preference is trees and powder though something that can handle the groomed and natural conditions on the trails in between the trees and powder. Here are my thoughts on the 8000s. You might also want to consider the Elan m666. Though to be honest, every skier preferences slightly difference performance needs and ANY ski in that range might meet your needs. So best just to demo all the skis in that bracket if you do not know what you are looking for.
    -Steve
    TheSnowWay.com "Skiing is not a sport, it is a way of life." - Otto Schniebs

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    I really like the recon, but if you want more of a powder/western ski try the outlaws. Just like the recons with another 10mm underfoot, can carve about as well, but probabaly not much fun in the bumps.
    Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly.

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    Personally i would get something wider than most of the skis that have been mentioned here. If you already have B1s for groomers/ice/bumps/whatever and you're looking for a ski to complement them, why not go for something with a little more float? Wider skis do fine on groomers and great in pow and crud, and really don't lose as much as you'd think in the bumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman829 View Post
    Personally i would get something wider than most of the skis that have been mentioned here. If you already have B1s for groomers/ice/bumps/whatever and you're looking for a ski to complement them, why not go for something with a little more float? Wider skis do fine on groomers and great in pow and crud, and really don't lose as much as you'd think in the bumps.
    Nordica Hot Rod Jet Fuel, demo them.

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    Don't mean to thread jack here but those of you who've skied the Recons how are they on boilerplate. I skied them a day in UT when my skis didn't arrive on time. Likced them a quite a lot but conditions were fairly soft. Wondered how they would perform on the kind of hard snow and icier conditions we often find in the East.

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    The recons are find on hard snow. They have plenty of edge hold for a midfat ski. With that said go with the outlaws. at 88 mm they are much better in the western snow. They float fine, carve well and handle crud great. Furthermore their metal gives them the much needed responsiveness to execute quick turns in trees.
    OR...you could just by some chiefs...I have them and to be honest...they carve just fine if you aren't on super hardpack.

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