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Apache Crossfire (2008)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $1250.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 117-70-101
Lengths: 160, 167, 174, 181

Stability at speed: 3.59 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.89 / 5
Crud performance: 3.22 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.51 / 5

K2 gave up on race skis a few years back, but the Crossfire is a reasonable facsimile. It’s intended for Eastern/Midwestern hardpack, with the narrowest waist that powder-loving K2 can bring itself to put on a ski. There are stouter skis in the category, but the Crossfire brings plenty of sidecut and a pleasing quickness to the game, and it’s well-suited to the steeps. “It’s nimble and quick, yet stable and confident,” said Sabanosh.

Best For

Westerners looking for a playful carver.

Not For

Resolute hard-snow speed lovers.