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im buying my first twin tips and these are my options so far:
-armada el rey
(i would use all the skis with marker squire bindings)
i intend to ski 50% park, 25%powder and 25% everything else. i want the ski to be as light as possible becouse my boots are heavy.im 178 cm tall (about 5`8) and weigh 73 kg (154 lbs), i am a good skier but i never had twin tips ( i rode park on my alpine skis last season and completley busted them).
i have heard that the topsheet on the k2s peels of easily and that they dont preform too well on european snow (wich i intend to ski on)
is it necesary to have boots designed for freeskiing or is it ok if i use "normal" boots?
if u guys know about any other suitable ski feel free to let me know (it should not cost over 500 eur
(700 usd) with bindings )
Thanks for giving your stats etc, but anyways i wouldnt really agree with the "top sheet peels off easy," about k2s, by my understanding thier generally bombproof skis. I own the El Reys personally, and they are a great starter twin, stiffer flex for all mtn use, wont wash on jumps, carve well, but also work great in the park, and very durable. And keep in mind since your getting your 1st twins, the 50% park might change to more like 75% park etc., because riding "park skis" (twintips) in the park is alot more fun than using carve or alpine skis i would assume. So i wouldnt be afraid to go with the K2 Domains or something similar in the park specific category, because you may find yourself riding park more than you thought. But bottom line you cant go wrong with really any of those skis, just would have to get used to the Jib rocker on the K2's, but if your an experienced skiier it shouldnt be too much of a problem. Also check out the K2 silencers or K2 press for more price point starter twin tips.
Hope this helps. good luck
The afterbang seems to appeal as a 1st twin to alot of people. They will be a good park specific symetrical ski with a softer flex. By my knowledge thier super fun, good for rails. The only problem is they wont preform as well all over the mountain as well as, for example the El Rey. But if your an experienced skiier, and thinking you might find yourself in the park most of the day, its a good choice.
Heres a good review for the abangs: http://newschoolers.com/ns/content/reviews/action/read/id/1195/