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We are ObSETHed with this ski.

The folks at K2 are obsessed with skiing, but they don't have speech impediments. They named the K2 ObSETHed Alpine Ski for hard-charging big mountain skier Seth Morrison. This new installment in Seth's twin-tip pro model features a fatter 105mm waist, a progressive sidecut, and a short rocker design that adds both floatation in the deep fluffy stuff and versatility on the hardpack. The twin-tip design and unique taper angles help the ObSETHed go from forward to fakie with ease.

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5 5


These skis are awesome, good for just about everything I can do in the east. They have held up really well. Probably going to get some hellbents eventually...

5 5

Full Season Later

I love this ski, like, a lot! It has everything I like in my skis, damper characteristics, solid flex, not too stiff but not floppy, and heavy enough to bust the worse season end crud. After tons of pow days in the trees up north they turned out to be everything I wanted, offering a ton of float and a stable base for ripping off pillows. The rocker is just enough to help make life more enjoyable, but not as huge, obnoxious and floppy as the HellBents, which have their own purpose. I used this ski as my everyday ski, skiing groomers to ice to pow to slush to perfect corn. They hold a strong edge, but need a wider stance to dig in and rip out GS turn on. The top sheet durability is a major issue with K2 these days, chipping and scrapping off around the edges, mostly the inside edges where they bang together sometimes. But that isn't an issue for me, I see them as battle scars, after a long hard day of slashing trees, which is so much fun in these. I honestly don't remember ever coming down a run, yelling and hooting all the way, until my first huge dump on these skis, most fun on skis to date.

I'm thinking of the k2 obsethed, I'm 5'9...

I'm thinking of the k2 obsethed, I'm 5'9 168lbs will the 169's be ok for me

Best Answer Responded on

You could totally do it, seeing as K2 sizes are longer than they post. My 179's are like... 182 or 184 or something, thanks to the rocker. I'm 6'1" and 195, so you could go for either one you wanted, 169 or 179.

I'm telemark skiing on 3 year old 179cm...

I'm telemark skiing on 3 year old 179cm Seths and they really rip everything on the mountains here in Colorado. I'm a very aggressive skier (former alpine racer), 6'-2", 208#, size 30.0 tele boots. I'm considering getting the 179cm Obsethed's for my next pair of skis. I assume they'll work even better than my non-rockered Seths for all mountain tele'ing. Where do you recommend mounting my tele bindings (BD 01's)? I don't ski switch but I do rip it up in tight trees, moguls and steep powder bowls.

K2 ObSethed x/ Look PX 15

K2 ObSethed x/ Look PX 15

These are my ObSethed skis sitting in the snow before one of the deepest days this season at Powder King. 6:15a.m., but totally worth the early wake up once the lifts started rolling.

Shane, here is the question that i meant...

Shane, here is the question that i meant to would the performance of the ski change if I had my bindings switched from traditional to +2? I mainly use the ski for resort skiing here in Colorado but eventually plan on hitting the backcountry. Don't ride in the park at all but gonna learn how to ride switch just for fun. I am 5'11 and 175. Based on that info would you recommend moving the bindings to +2 or keeping them at traditional. Thanks for your help bro!!

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Alright man. I rock my ObSetheds at a +2 stance, and I couldn't be happier. It seems to make the tips a lot easier to control in the afternoon chop, and in the deep trees. I get plenty of both in PK, ha ha, so it should be the same in Colorado. I can ride switch with +2, definitely easier than traditional, but if you really want it to be easier you should push it up even farther. I totally recommend the +2, just for the versatility alone.

If I was get my bindings on the ObSETHed...

If I was get my bindings on the ObSETHed remounted from traditional to +2, would that have a detrimental effect on the performance of the skis. Never had bindings remounted so not sure what impact that will have on the ski.

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No there is no difference that I can tell in remounting. Most shops will fill in the holes to protect the core before re-drilling.

How do these skis hold up when skied hard?...

How do these skis hold up when skied hard? I have heard complaints of other K2 skis falling apart, especially in the tips.

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Well they definitely get marred up, but every sandwich construction ski I have used does this, so it's not uncommon. Most of it is on the inside edges and tips, especially for me after transferring from a narrower ski, and is from banging together. And they don't "fall apart", thanks to the rivets and plates, not even after clipping trees when you are slashing glades.

Hi from Italy!I just bought a pair of 179...

Hi from Italy!I just bought a pair of 179 obsetheds,I mounted them at +2 from "traditional" point, but they seems too centered! or is the ski that must be mounted quite centered?

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Hey, I have a pair of 179s mounted at +2, and I find that they seem centered, but when I ski them, they really aren't. K2 actually recommends +3, and the man himself (Seth) skis it at +5. It's pretty much preference.

5 5

Surprisingly GREAT All Mountain SKi

I had a chance to ski the Obsethed in a 189 in early January. Conditions were about a foot of heavy powder at The Canyons in Utah (well, heavy for Utah). I have never been able to ski so fast and effortlessly.... EVER! The one caveat here is that all my skiing was confined to open bowls. Fast forward to early February. I was able to pick up the 179 Obsethed dirt cheap. Mounted them with Griffons and went up to Deer Valley after a good dump of blower dry powder. I was a little anxious about the shorter ski, but I quickly found the 179 able to ski anything on the mountain. Untracked powder, bumps, tight trees, crud, hard groomers.... all were effortless and induced an immediate smile. Quite possibly one of the best days I have ever had on skis in a resort. I know that I am only a focus group of one, but these are simply the best skis that I have ever been on. I would not hesitate to recommend the Obsethed to any advanced skier.

I have the possibility of buying these...

I have the possibility of buying these skis. I am 6' and 200, and I live in Andorra, country with a few days of not much powder.Can anyone tell me if they could be ok for me in 189? what about mounting point? Thanks

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These skis can pretty much rip it all. Groomers are no problem, even with the rocker, and bumps are even possible (if that's your thing). I have even skied park in these, but it's like a tank on each foot, but offers a nice stable platform for landing. If you ski groomers and not much pow, then you could get away with either the 179 or the 189. The 189 will feel long until you are used to it though. As for mounting point, +2 rips it.

Bacon vs K2 ObSETHed??Just moved to Colorado...

Bacon vs K2 ObSETHed??Just moved to Colorado and I am looking for an every day ski that i can use in the Vail back bowls on those powder days but can also use on the groomers and front side in the ice and crud when it hasn't snowed in a while. At this point I am only an intermediate skier so looking for something that won't be too difficult to control or make turns on. Any advice???

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The obSETHed is a much more versatile option, in my opinion. It handles everything I can throw at it. The Bacon is a super good ski too, but might be a little hard to handle for someone trying to advance in skill level. Remember that if you choose the obSETHed, it runs a little longer than stated.

hey,looking at the 179 obsetheds and the...

hey,looking at the 179 obsetheds and the 175 4frnt vct. I am torn because the vct don't have the rocker, but they are supposed to be stiffer.and if i go with the obsethed is it better to get the 169 of 179?i saw some guys saying that the k2's ski and feel longer than they are, i ride 174 pe right now and love them. i am right over 6' and 180lbs

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The K2 rides a bit long, the 179 is like a 184 or something, but that isn't something you really notice. The rocker is super fun for any condition, except maybe ice. I love the softer feel of it too. The obSETHed is prefect, in my opinion, for everything. But the stiffer VCT is probably a bit better in the crud and ice, thanks to the stiffer flex. I am 6'1 and 195, and the 179 K2 is a sweet versatile ski.

The obsethed vs the rossi s6 vs volkl...

The obsethed vs the rossi s6 vs volkl bridge?Im looking for a powder ski that can still hold an edge at high speeds on icy hard pack

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I definitely recommend to K2 out of this bunch. The rossi is pretty nice for pow, but if you throw the ice in the mix it's a little sketchy, and in my opinion the Volkl is too. The K2 holds its edge nice on the ice, and floats pow so nice.

Can the obsethed be mounted with a randonee...

Can the obsethed be mounted with a randonee set up? Or is this just the absolute wrong for this. I want to get into skinning and love this ski but just need some direction.

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This ski could be used for touring, it wouldn't be horrible or anything. The flex has softened from years past, but it is still a fairly heavy ski. You can always try to demo it with some touring bindings first, but I have seen people pull it off.

I'm interested in the 179 ObSETHeds. I am...

I'm interested in the 179 ObSETHeds. I am 5'11" and 195. I will never ski them switch and do not ski park. I just want them for powder/crud. Where should I mount them?

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I am 6'1" and 195, I mounted them at +2 if memory serves me correct. This is a great place to mount them, although I wish I had mounted them at +3. This would be a more controlled, playful set-up for powder and crud.

5 5

Yesterdays K2 demo

Kirkwood,Ca. two days after 2 feet of a warm storm. Perfect day to demo fat powder skis in not so perfect conditions so you can see how they preform outside the envelope if you know what I mean.Three runs on my outlaws then to the demo shack for fatty's. 1st, rossi s6 186 to the groomers and tight trees (groomers yes, tight trees heavy snow - no). 2nd, rossi sc97 mid 180cm. Fun ski but to much like the outlaw in dimension but much lighter. 3rd, obsethed 179 cm. Wow! I didn't think fat skis would handle like that. Crud, trees, groomers at speed OMG! 4th, obsethed 189cm. thinking that I would want to ski them long when pow's in town. I was wrong. I'm 5'11" 175 and the 189's were too much for me. I could do absolutely anything I wanted on the 179'S. You could get into trouble on these till you realize you really don't have wings. I should demo some others too be fair but I ran out of time.
After my short time on these skis and in these conditions, I'd buy them in a second. Fun- Fun- Fun

5 5

Excellent Ski, I couldn?t be happier

If you are just skimming this review GET THIS SKI it won’t disappoint.

Disclaimer: I am no ski review expert but have been skiing for over 30 years, ski Front Range Colorado area; here is my 2 cents worth.

After many weeks of struggling as to which ski (and length) to purchase, believe me I tried them all, I finally pulled the trigger on the ObSETHeds and I couldn't be happier.

I'm 6'1, about 190 and ended up purchasing the 179cm ObSETHeds as I get older I've gone toward a shorter ski, with my everyday ski being a 177 Mantra.

My main motivation for purchasing this ski was for better performance in the softer snow / powder but I didn't want to get a full on Powder ski.

Conditions on my first day with the ObSETHeds were about 1 to 1½ feet of fresh powder WOW I had a perma-grin on my face. I honestly couldn't believe how responsive the skis were and how easy they were to turn. Rockered skis may be the way of the future.

Skiing the ObSETHeds took much less effort. I'm 50 years old and after a full day of hitting it, my knees, legs, back, etc. were much happier than they would have been if I had been skiing the Mantras.

My only concern after that first day was that I could have gone with the longer length.

But now having skied the ObSETHeds about 6-8 times in most all conditions I am for the most part happy I went with the 179s. These skis do great (at least for my style of skiing) in everything including hard pack, wind blow, even tight bumps! I am really surprised at their versatility. They hold an edge well with little to no chatter on the hard pack /front side getting me back to the parking lot. + They have excelled in all of the back-country conditions I have encountered.

I am going to find it very hard to go back to my mantras. As a matter of fact I may sell them and purchase a big fat power ski to complement the ObSETHeds on those BIG powder days for my annual CAT ski excursions.

FYI: I mounted Fritschi Diamir Freeride AT bindings on them