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jimpaul100102569 wrote a review of on March 20, 2010

5 5

I ski in the PNW. The K2 Coomba 181 cm has been my favorite ski for soft snow for the past three years. The Backlash has similar side cut but smaller dimensions, the same slightly rockered soft tip plus two sheets of metal for a stffer overall flex, but retains the light, easy to throw around weight like the Coomba. I tried them on a sunny March day that began with hard, refrozen groomers and moguls. They carved and smeared turns very well, and were easy to ski through some nasty bumps. They also held a confident edge off piste on frozen, crusted steeps. Later in the afternoon snow warmed to creamed corn and mashed potatoes and on higher, north facing slopes, I found 3-4 inches of light powder under a breakable crust. These skis were easy to maneuver through these conditions but damp for their weight. The tips got up easily over the crud and provided Coomba style float in the powder stashes I found. The Backlash IS the Coomba's tough little brother. They will give up some flotation in deeper pow compared with the Coomba but seem more versatile when faced with firm snow conditions. For my tastes this ski seems very versatile for on and off piste resort skiing and probably more than adequate for average powder days, as well as it is intended for ski mountaineering with it's flat tail and set up for skins. Compared to some other skis I demo'd this season; Salomon Shogun, Line Prophet 100, K2 Kung Fujas and the new Volkl Gotama, I was most impressed with the Backlash, it was the most fun to ski, light and strong.

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jimpaul100102569 wrote an answer about on December 24, 2009

Prophet 90 would be the right choice. It is quick, strong and stable at higher speeds and performs on hard snow, in the bumps and powder.

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jimpaul100102569 wrote a review of on December 24, 2009

5 5

The Prophet 90 seems unappreciated next to the the Prophet 100 but is probably the more versatile of the two ski models for variable conditions typical to eastern AND western ski resorts. I ski in the PNW. It is stiffer and quicker to turn than the 100 but straightlines better. Less float than the 100 of course but does well in less than 10" or so and it can power through chopped and junky snow very well. It holds its edge well on hard snow and on steeps and the twin tip provides confidence in narrow chutes and bumps. It carves and also "slarves" well. The 90 is a great all mountain ski and sells for a relatively reasonable price compared with other skis.

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jimpaul100102569 wrote an answer about on October 24, 2009

I recommend the 174 cm length. I have skied on the Coomba for two seasons. It is a great ski, light, easy to turn and stable. You won't have any difficulty handling the 174 and will appreciate the extra flotationin powder.

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