i've skied my presses for 3 seasons. theyre a good, fun ski. pretty poppy and playful, and hold up pretty well. i do have speed problems with them. also, rails can tear the edges up. theyre really aimed at a beginner, i would recommend saving up and getting nicer skis.
mad river mountain, ohio
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I got a pair of Presses about 3 weeks before the end of the season, so I cannot speak to durability, but they are fun as hell. Super buttery, hella fun to tool around on. As someone else said as well, they have some pretty major issue at speed due to the no camber, rockered tips/tails. I dont spend alot of time on the big kickers, mostly just rails so its perfect for me. I guess I dont understand why people want to spend 600-900 dollars on a pair of skis that might last you 2-3 seasons max, when you could buy a ski like the press for 300 dollars (I got mine for 150 w/o bindings on an end of season sale) that will probably last just as long.
The reason is some of us like to do more on the mountain then just ski rails at slow speeds. You get wht you pay for generally so if you want a ski that can rip the entire mountain as well as bigger features in the park at high speeds you need to pay a bit more. Not in every case but generally cheaper skis can't keep up with there more expensive siblings.
I have the K2 Press along with Recoils. And my god, the presses are slow as shit. I would always knuckle jumps, that was also due to infrequent waxing and using them on my summer set up, but jeez the recoils are 10x better. Presses are fun to mess around on and jib around. Durability kind of sucked though. Alot of chunks in my base missing and Top sheet chips out the ass, like deep topsheet damage. Fun, cheap ski. Lasted about a season
The same reason you buy a Subaru STI over a Honda Civic
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Alright I get the point. For me there is little issue, because I dont hit the big kickers anymore after a knee injury, but that is a shit analogy. You buy the STI because its AWD and you need it to get to the mountain in the middle of a blizzard at maximum speed. Civics dont have AWD =P
They really are not great they slow and I got the 2012 and they almost dont even look like twin tips the tail is no where close to the height and size of the tips. I skied them for 3 days and I already have massive ass cuts out of the top and I dont mean chips I mean cuts the other ski slices right through the top layer if you're trying to do say a mute grab or cross your skis. I definitely do not recommend them as your primary ski they would be good if you wanted to do urban and fuck around but for anything else they suck dick.