K2 Apache Recon M1 (2007)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $1250.00
Year: 2007
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 119/78/105
Lengths: 160, 167, 174, 181

Stability at speed: 3.75 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.58 / 5
Crud performance: 3.38 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.70 / 5

The plush new Recon is damp (like the Outlaw, above), adaptable, and supremely even-tempered in any terrain. It rails hardpack arcs with nary a chatter, and it’s easy to disengage when you need to scrub speed. Glides through the gnarliest chop with velvety smoothness. gripes: So damp, the rebound initially feels sluggish at first—but it’s not. props: Enough forgiveness for an advanced skier, but with all the tools for pro-level stomping. tester’s take: "So confidence-inspiring you don’t need to do any recon—just ski." —Lindsay Yaw