Apache Xplorer MX (2010) - Ski Mag

Apache Xplorer MX (2010)

Category: Men's Freeride; Category ranking: No. 4; Average score: 3.25; Balance of skills: 3.30; Best for: Supreme hard-snow/soft-snow versatility; Not for: Short-turn specialists
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Rating: / 5
Price: $1250.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-84-112
Lengths: 170, 177, 184

Stability at speed: 3.77 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.93 / 5
Crud performance: 0.00 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.43 / 5

On the power-to-finesse spectrum, K2 used to live near the finesse end. Testers think that’s changing, crediting the Marker Inter-Pivot heelpiece. It’s the same one used in the Duke family, and its width delivers tons of leverage to the edge, even on skis as wide as the Xplorer. Throw in a metal-reinforced cap construction, and you get a No. 2 ranking for stability. Yet it retains the K2 playfulness: No. 1 in forgiveness. “Super fun,” said Moffatt. “Lively but balanced, so you don’t get tossed around.”

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