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Brandon

Brandon

Snowbasin, Alta, The Canyons UT, Alyeska AK

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Brandon 's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Brandon 's Bio

My life is skiing. My home is outside, on the mountain. What personally drives me is my lust for adventure. If someone can do one thing, I want to be able to do it better. If I see a someone on the slopes, creating a line that I hadn't thought of, I'm one of the first to make my line just as good if not better. But i will never brag about my accomplishments. The self satisfaction is enough for me.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 19, 2011

Shogun is going to give you everything you need. Its wide enough to make powder skiing simple, but still narrow enough to really have fun on groomers. If you are focusing on powder and trees then get a ski that was made for that and more. Powder skiing is great. And its even better with the right ski. This is the perfect all mountain ski. It will do everything you ask.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 19, 2011

If you want a go anywhere ski the bacon is it. Its got a 108 underfoot so skiing powder is a piece of cake. It won't be as fun to ride on the ice. But it will do alright. And as for jibbing in the park. This is working on the bigger side of park friendly, but it will get the job done. After all it does jib pretty well in the backcountry.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 18, 2011

If you like to play around in the powder go 183. I am 5'10" 150lbs and there is no doubt that I would go 183. This ski is made to be playful. Its not supposed to be a big mountain type ski. This ski is more for the playful skier. But like will said. 192 is a better all around powder ski.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 18, 2011

For a better powder experience go with the 192. If you would rather play around, throw some gnarly tricks go 183. This ski is meant to be played with in the powder so personally I would go maybe a little shorter. You won't lose any float. You will just be sacrificing the ability to really open it up and charge hard.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 18, 2011

Any brakes on any bindings can be bent. Plus if you are skiing a ski like this you must be a good skier. So you wont need brakes all that often. Get the 110 and bend them. A 125 is too big. If you are really railing the edges on these skis you will hit the brakes cuz they stick out farther than the ski and that will cause you to lose your ability to lay down a solid turn. 110 will be perfect for these skis.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 18, 2011

K2 has precut skins for these skis. As you can see the rivets in the tip and tail are what you hook your skin up to. So there is no need to guess. As far as tele skiing on these. These things are massive. Which makes it a lot of ski to carry up the side of the mountain. What a lot of people dont understand is that tele skiing isn't always a powder day. So you need a ski that can ski it all and get you out of tight situations. I would look at K2's other skis such as the darkside, sidestash, or coomback. Those are good big mountain chargers, but are also geared to be good tele skis as well.

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Brandon wrote a review of on October 18, 2011

5 5

Stiff stiff stiff. This ski is a big mountain skiers dream. At least the hard charging ones. This ski isn't flashy. Its not going to be scene throwing dub 9's or whatever. This ski is meant to go straight, fast, and make sure you can huck the biggest of cliffs. With a 114 underfoot it excels in the deep powder. But with a stiff tail. These skis were made for hucking.

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Brandon wrote a review of on October 18, 2011

4 5

A lot of people are a little confused as to what you can use this ski for. I have heard that this ski is great for park, great for powder, and great for big mountain. But lets break down the facts.

Full rocker definitely makes this ski a pure powder machine. Just like the infamous K2 Hellbents this ski is a dream in the powder. Its pretty much the little brother of the Hellbents. But. . .

This ski is stiffer than the hellbents. Making it better for big mountain lines. Personally though, the full rocker is a huge turn off to the big mountain scene because when you get on crappy snow conditions, that full rocker will handicap you more than help you.

As for a park ski. I guess if you like skiing the whole mountain and at the end of each run you head to the park this ski will be adequate. But don't buy this ski to go to the park with. The only type of "park" skiing this ski excels at is backcountry jibbing. Thats where its at for this ski.

If you are looking for a ski to head into the backcountry and hit massive booters, butter, smear, etc. this is your ski. The full rocker makes it extremely easy to stomp into deep pow, it gives you a lot of pop, and the stiffness keeps this ski from flexing so much that you biff it each time.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 18, 2011

Someone who wants to ski the 192 is going to be going big 110% of the time. They will be the hardest of chargers. Go with the 184 if you don't ski aggressively. Also I would maybe look for a ski thats not so stiff. Skis like the Bentchetler and Armada JJ. A softer flex will be a less aggressive ski and you will be able to go with a bigger ski without being afraid.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 18, 2011

This ski has turned into an allmountain ski that is really good for backcountry booters. K2 always has tended to have heavier skis, so for a park ski I would say this ski is about 50/50. 50% park 50% everything else. It will do the job but I would take collins advice and look into some other skis. Once you get into a width of over 100. It tends to lean towards an allmountain powder ski. And less towards a park ski.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 18, 2011

I would actually say go for the 186. I am 5'10" 150lbs and I would go for the 186. Its going to give you more of that hard charging big mountain ski feel. It will also help you more in the powder. Go bigger. It will make you an even better skier than you already are.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 7, 2011

This ski features an early rise tip and tail. So you can mount it a little forward without losing float. But it really depends on the type of skiing you are doing. If you plan on hitting backcountry booters or playing a lot in the park with these skis, I would mount them dead center. If you just want more of a playful ski then +3 is great. Plus a great binding for you if you can't choose would be the schizo's from marker. The squire would probably suit your skiing the best but the jester and griffon are good too. And the schizo's allow you to move forward or back 3cm depending on what type of skiing you will be doing.

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Brandon wrote a review of on October 7, 2011

4 5

This ski is great don't get me wrong. But I tested these skis and to me their stiffness wasn't all that impressive. Its supposed to be a stiff hard charger, but for a stiff ski it sure flexes a lot. Its fun to butter turns and play around on them. But for a big mountain ski, not so much. It doesn't hold an edge like a big mountain ski should. I have skied both the super 7, and s3 and with rossi's amptek technology it really puts the skis at sort of a neutral zone. They are great but not amazing powder skis, and they are great but not amazing skis to carve with. Its not the best of both worlds. Just the not so bad of both worlds. Use this ski for what you like. But as for a big mountain ski it could do better.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 5, 2011

Decide what you plan on skiing more. And your type of skiing. If you like to make long turns, go fast, and just charge, then go 190. If you want a ski that is more playful in the powder, then go 182.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 5, 2011

I would go with the 188 for the sole reason that, A) you aren't losing stiffness or really anything on the ski. Its going to perform just like the 195. And B) the 188 gives you more options as to where you can ski and still have a great time. You can go from wide open bowls to tight trees in no time. Where as the 195 you would have to work hard to be able to get those skis through some tight spots.

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Brandon wrote an answer about on October 5, 2011

Depends on how you want to ski. If you want a ski you can play around with then mount at the 0. But for a more hard charging type ski mount -2. Personally with the super 7's. I would mount -2. Its not the type of ski you are going to be throwing a lot of tricks with. And at -2. You will be forced to stay forward on your skis putting you in a better skiing position.

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