K2 Apache Recon (2008)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $1200.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 119/78/105
Lengths: 160, 167, 174, 181

Stability at speed: 3.68 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.28 / 5
Crud performance: 3.77 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.89 / 5

Damp and stable with a giant sweet spot, the Recon is the most user-friendly ski in the category. Point it and it adapts to any terrain, moving from short to long turns with nary a hiccup.

Props

Accommodates a wide range of skier types. Lets you turn off your brain—which is fun, as long as you’re not BASE jumping.

Gripes

Lacks energy. And the 78-millimeter waist is skinny for a big powder day.

Tester's Take

"This is the best East Coast ski ever." —Greg "Aldo" Peruzzi