Apache Outlaw M1 (2007)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $1300.00
Year: 2007
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 124/88/111
Lengths: 167, 174, 181

Stability at speed: 3.90 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.20 / 5
Crud performance: 3.73 / 5
Forgiveness: 4.00 / 5

Pro The most forgiving ski in the category happens also to be one of the more stable at speed—a combination you’ll seldom see, and an indicator of why the Recon is such a successful model for K2. In a nutshell, it’s just plain easy to ski well on, even when you push it—and yourself—beyond the usual limits. Testers zeroed in on its one appreciable upgrade this year: The rails on which its binding is attached have been moved closer to the edges, and the result is improved energy transmission and an astonishing quickness for a ski this wide. Otherwise, it’s the same Recon: wood core, two sheets of metal (perforated, to reduce weight), with a built-in smoothness that inspires confidence. "It swoops from turn to turn with thrilling transitions," said Campbell. Con Too wide and damp to be much fun in moguls.