Get ObSETHed about your skiing this season.
- Rocker with traditional camber, K2's combination of Powder Rocker and All Terrain Rocker, creates an easy-floating profile that will still hold an edge when you need it
- Torsion box construction creates a stable feel throughout the ski, with sidewall construction underfoot and weight reduction in the tips and tails
- Early taper in the tips and tail eliminate hooking and drag in deep snow
- Fir and aspen wood core—durable, solid wood charges hard and creates optimal flex for pow and mixed-condition snow—along with fiberglass reinforcement to increase torsional rigidity
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i haVe a 2012 obsethed 179. What size...
i haVe a 2012 obsethed 179. What size (Length and Width) of trim to fit k2 skins do i need?
You are going to want the 150mm skins so that you can get full coverage on the full base. I prefer the G3 skins to the K2's (you'll want the long length for you ski since the 179 K2 runs long). Go for a high traction version if you snag the G3's.
Hey! So I have a pair of the 2011 ObSETHed's...
Hey! So I have a pair of the 2011 ObSETHed's and have them mounted at -4.5 from the center. I do a lot of park as well as cliffs and pow and trees. Pretty much everything. I found spinning to be a bit of an issue at this mounting. Is true center a better place to mount or what do you recommend?
Thanks for the question. With your mounting point at -4.5cm, you'll definitely run into issues doing any tricks that require a spin as it will be more difficult to stay centered during the spin because of your mount point being so far back.
Everyone is a little different when it comes to this sort of thing so I would look at how close you are to pulling off spins right now and make adjustments from there. If you are almost pulling it off, I would push the mount point forward 1cm to 1.5cm. If you feel like pulling off a spin is really difficult and you aren't coming close, then I would mount even further forward, like around 2 to 3 cm forward from where you are now.
Keep in mind that the ski will lose a bit of float and you won't be able to have a super forward stance as there won't be as much tip to push on as before. But, this can be compensated for as the obSETHed has a fair amount of rocker and your stance can be adjusted in your boots to not have as much forward lean if need be.
Sorry for the lengthy answer and I hope this information helps you out!
Check out the Marker Jester Schitzo binding.. They allow you to push your mount up or back several centimeters with a key.. I used them for a season. I'd push them back on deep days, and forward when it was hard pack or I planned on hitting the park.
As for now, I am on the regular Marker Jester. The idea of having cables linked into my bindings seemed a bit weird, but it is a good product.
hey there, i'm 6'2" 250...just bought new...
hey there, i'm 6'2" 250...just bought new 2012 189 obsethed's to replace my 2010 189 obsethed"s... my '10's are mounted 2" back of center, should i mount the '12's same? been skiing for 40 years at 20+ days a year& dont do park, just trees & fast gs turns.
I'm 5'8" 175 and ride a 179 kung fujas. I...
I'm 5'8" 175 and ride a 179 kung fujas. I like it all but am more talented out of the park. I like big lines and powder when I can find them, trees and bumps when I can't. Will be riding in the CO rockies mostly. Not sure what length to get here or where to mount?? Thanks!
sean here, im 6'1, 190 ponds. thinking on...
sean here, im 6'1, 190 ponds. thinking on getting the 179's. wondering where i should mount them? and with what bindings. usually only ski trees and powder but still want a ski that can get me to the lodge and lift on a groomed run if needed. any help?
Thanks a ton!
Hi Seth, I'm considering going with the...
Hi Seth, I'm considering going with the 169s as my powder ski for Tahoe and the Sierras. I'm 5'9", 145, but am an aggressive skier that prefers steep and fast over the trees. I hear these run a bit large, but do you think the 169s will be too short and that I should size up? Many thanks for all your help.
So i just got a pair of ObSETHeds at 169cm....
So i just got a pair of ObSETHeds at 169cm. I am really pumped to use them this season as it is supposed to be a big one for snow. I have two questions, or maybe 3:
(1) Where do you suggest I mount the bindings? center? or offset? I don't do a whole lot of switch skiing and don't spend much time in the park. I am mainly in the trees and looking for powder.
(2) What kind of bindings do you recommend? I have been looking at the Marker Jesters, the Look Pivots, and the Rossi FKS's.
(3) What size brake should I get? A lot of bindings are offering somewhere from 110-115cm, and then 130cm, as two of their 3 options. I am afraid that 130cm are too wide and would catch a lot in the snow, but I am also afraid that 110-115cm aren't wide enough considering the ski is 117cm under foot.
Thank you Backcountry.com you are an awesome company, I appreciate all of your help and sweet variety of products.
I dont know your spec, but since you bought the 169 i guess your fairly short and light weighted.
I would mount them +5 (-2.5 from dead center) That will make for an excellent tree turning ski.
I would recommend either the STH 12/FFG 12 or any other bindning with a DIN of up to 12. If you are planning on keeeping the bindnings as you grow bigger, then i'll recommend something like a 14 DIN bindning.
get a break between 115-125mm. you can often squeeze a 115 to fit quit easily.
Hi! I am 5"9 and about 140lbs and I have...
Hi! I am 5"9 and about 140lbs and I have been looking at the Obsethed 179 for a pow ski but I don't know which length I should take. I am also not sure if I am getting a normal or a touring binding but would like to know where to mount the two. I ski aggressively and i am going to ride this ski in the trees and do some drops and maybe some tricks but i don't really ski switch more than maybe 5% of the time so I don't think that it needs to be dead center.
Thank you for the help!
Mounting a ski forward isn't only for skiing switch, but it will allow you to get more of an even swing weight with your ski. This is really nice if you ski trees as you will be able to maneuver and throw your skies sideways easier. If you're 5'9 and skinny, the 179 will be the better length, unless you are a true slayer :)
Hey I'm thinking of getting the ObSethed's...
Hey I'm thinking of getting the ObSethed's for touring as well as in bound skiing. I'm riding the JJ's right now and want to keep it similar but these are looking sick.
For Touring would you suggest mounting touring bindings dukes or barons, or just go for the Griffons and use Trekkers?
Also for size, I'm 5'11" 175 and am leaning towards the 189s because I ride 185 JJ's and with the rocker they feels shorter. Go for the 189s or 179s?
Ben - the 179s measure quite a bit longer than 179, so you could really go for either depending on if you are going to be skiing pow and open terrain (go big) or need maneuverability for tight spaces or trees. My preference would be a Duke or the new Salomon Guardian on this ski if you're going to be doing any hiking.
I ride the 179's mounted with Dukes mounted at +4. These skis are sick for both resort and BC days. The Dukes have always kept me in my skis and released when I needed them to. I think that you will like the fatter and higher tip on the Obsetheds over the low profile tip of the JJ's. PS - never use trekkers, they are horrible.
Where should i mount my Obsethed? I ski...
Where should i mount my Obsethed? I ski mostly regular, like 1% of the time switch.
I Currently have a pair of Bent Chetler mounted -2 form team.
+1 to +2
I just bought a pair of 179s... What...
I just bought a pair of 179s... What bindings are recommended??
Where should i mount my bindings? I am...
Where should i mount my bindings? I am an advanced skier and will not be skiing in the park. Thank you!
+1 or +2
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Im 5'11 and about 200lb and I like skiing...
Im 5'11 and about 200lb and I like skiing anything, Im getting into cat and help skiing this year and am also planning on skiing lots of pillow lines, trees and wide open bowls.
What size of ski would I need??
Thanks for the question. I've had more than a bit of experience with the K2 ObSETHed Ski and the 189 was pretty much perfect for me and I'm almost 5'11" and 180lbs. The conditions you are talking about will also fit the wheelhouse of what the ski is made for, just be sure you are mounting your bindings where you need them and to factor in how much forward lean you get from your current or future ski boots.
My job has recently moved me up north from...
My job has recently moved me up north from the south west. I'm pumped because I now live close to Bridger Bowl and Big Sky, which will be vast improvements on the shallow/icy New Mexico snow that I am used to. I'm looking for a wider ski to compliment the 80 mm planks I already own (all you need down south), and couldn't decide between these or the Fujas? Also, wasn't sure between the 179 or 189. I am 23, 5' 11", 195 lb, and an aggressive skier.
This ski is obviously more soft snow orientated. Stick with the size you are comfortable skiing. If you like skiing trees go with the 179.
I ski a 179 in the Kung fujas and I'm...
I ski a 179 in the Kung fujas and I'm thinking about uPgrading this year to these. Should I go up to the 189s? I'm 5'10" 150lbs and ski aggressively.
Stick with the 179.
Could this be used as a one ski quiver?
Could this be used as a one ski quiver?
If you live in the West then yes.
Whats a better binding to mount on this...
Whats a better binding to mount on this ski, the axial2 or STH 12?
Hi, Looking for advice. I am: from the...
Hi, Looking for advice. I am: from the midwest, male, 51yrs, 190#, 6ft., Adv Intermediate, skied as a kid skiing again for the past 6 years..groomed runs (fast controled carving), GS course, but skiing more off trail than on when out west when possible. 21 days out west this years, and with many snow/powder days in northern Idaho, Wash & Montana, and will be moving out there this fall. I have a quiver to cover most conditions, but have been mostly skiing the Rossi S3 186cm on most snow days 12"-24+" and trees. Currently I ski mostly medium pitch (blue) in the deeper snow and trees at moderate speeds developing skills, tecnique & confidence. Ths S3 is fun and I really like it. I am looking to pick up another, wider ski for the deeper days and want this ski to be fun in the glades (not tight trees), bowls, big turns, smear etc and a ski that I can grow into as I get faster and more aggresive. Would Obseth would fit this, and what length 179 or 189? Thanks Doug.
The ObSETHed would fit your needs if that's what you're asking. I'm 5'11,185 lbs. and have been enjoying the 189 in a variety of conditions- powder, hardpack, slush, etc. I really like the stability and speed of the 189 but if you wanted to make more turns through trees or a lot of jump turns down tight chutes then you might want the 179. I've never skied the 179 but I think it's plenty of ski for even taller people- I just talked to a big, tall Squaw Valley ski patroller last weekend who liked the 179 just fine. I think it probably comes down to a matter of how much turning you want to do. More turns, go with the 179, less turns 189. I find that the 189 makes quick turns just fine though.
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