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If i was looking to use these for solely all mountain skis, the review would be different...but considering what these were mainly designed for they did a fairly good job although i was expecting more. The performance was great, and thats not just me, PK Hunder used these skis for a while. They wouldn't let him use it if they thought that it wasn't a good park ski. But PK Hunder gets a new pair of skis pretty much every month so long term durability wasn't the issue for him but is for us. Thats the main reason that i didn't rate these higher was the durability. They look pretty steezy though, especially on the base and the top sheet has a crazy display of old school hot dog tricks.
The performance was good inside the park and good on groomed trails but they're not to be used for powder...there not thick enough as the waist is only 85 mm which is standard for a park/all mountain. Overall performance rating: B (85%)Best For: A skier that mainly skis park but wants a good ski outside the park as well
Park/All Mountain: 60/40
The design was all right to say the most. K2 claims there bomb proof, but after 2 or 3 times in the park, the edges were chipped and a small chunk of the sidewall was blown out. However I just took them in to the shop and for 10 bucks they epoxed them and it was fixed but they never looked the same. They aren't symmetrical as the tip width is 118 mm and the tail is 109 mm. This makes them better outside the park, but when you are hitting kickers and jumps they will be harder to land although i didn't have a problem with that. The fir core did give me confidence that they could hold through the abuse of the park however.
The MSRP is 700$ but as online ski shoppers know, skis never sell for the true MSRP. I got them for 500 the year they were out, so i guess you might say they are a relatively good value, but there are better values out there for all you savvy shoppers.
Medium flex, soft enough for the park but not too soft for all mountain...a good combination
This is the hard part of the review for me because as i said in the design, the edges chipped and actually at one point in the mid season the top sheet had a pretty serious gash in it. But most park skiers don't care how there skis look anyway so that won't matter if you are buying these and are a hardcore park skier. Also, as i said earlier, the fir core gave me confidence about the level of quality that these were designed with because if they were just a crap pair of skis then they wouldn't have used that kind of material. The absorb hybrid side wall feature helped soften the landings but also it partly chipped away.