Overall, I would recommend this ski to anyone who is looking for a cheap ski that will thrive on park laps, and hold up great through bumps. trees, groomers and more, as long as there isn't too much snow.
Everyone talks about how the press is a crappy ski because it is "only a budget ski." Honestly, I think they ski incredibly well for the price. I use them all over the mountain for every day without much fresh. They rip bumps, trees, park, and more. Also, people talk about how its more of a kids ski, but i'm fairly aggressive and big, yet it holds just fine for me.
I love the way the presses ski for the price. I will be honest though, the ski doesnt look very "twinny" but still rides like one. The graphic is also just "ehhh" but for the price and performance its well worth it for me, esp considering the topsheets just get beat up anyway.
This ski is a steal! Way cheap for a ski that rips all over CO mountains in anything under 6 inches of snow.
As a 6'2 dude @ 165 lbs, i bought the 179 length. I like how light and jibby they are, and the length is perfect for me.
This skis is a very medium flex. It wouldn't be good for HUGE air, but is good on medium to small airs and great for jibs.
I have only skied the presses for about 10-12 days but so far they have held up fine. I hit lots of early season rocks but havent had a core shot or edge problem yet. The edges are holding just fine from rails and boxes too.
Overall I was really pleased with the K2 Press 2011-2012 as they were reasonably inexpensive but still offered great park quality, good piste turns and they also held up really well throughout a season of a lot of off-piste riding. I would say that the Press are great skis for someone who doesn't have the money to spend on skis for the park and off-piste and wants something that offers both.
Overall the Press performed really nicely for me. They were definitely at home on hard packed park snow but handled themselves really well on piste as well. When it came to off-piste they were good but it very much so depended on the type of snow I was on. In fluffy, beautiful and light powder they floated well and my speed was not affected. In heavier stuff they just were not wide enough and I found myself sinking a little bit. This however did not take away from the fact that for a "park" ski the Press handled themselves very well off-piste.
The graphics on the Press are not my favorite and are not quite as nice as the usual K2 standard, however this is slightly rectified by the underside as it is sweet. To be honest I much prefer the graphics on the 2012-2013 Press but if your looking for something "happy" then the 2011-2012 Press can offer that.
The Press are not expensive and I personally think they are great value for what they offer ( great in the park, great on piste if your just looking to have fun and not planning to race and good off piste)
I got 159 cm and they fitted me nicely last season but wish I had got the 169 as the Press are not fat enough to put you in good stead after you have outgrown them a bit. ( I also prefer the graphics on the 169)
The Press have a high medium flexibility that stands up well in the park and allows the ski to bend on rough terrain. They definitely got more flexible as I used them more and more so dont be disappointed if you get them and they dont seem very flexible.
I was impressed with the durability of the Press because often I find that Park skis can get ripped up easily when used off-piste a lot. This was not so for the Press as I used them on some pretty sketchy and rocky late season terrain and the underside still held up nicely while the top side only sustained the usual scratches. No major holes or any structural problems.