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K2 Merlin

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1998 Aspiring Carver-Gold Medal Winner

Size: 158-188 cm
Price: $459
Details: These days, most shaped skis promise to boost your performance in a matter of seconds. But some people aren’t so demanding in their leisure time. They just want to relax and have fun. Enter the K2 Merlin, with the moderate shape and gentle performance aspirations that make it an exceedingly comfortable ski. “The Merlin is a very subtle, easy turner,” said Morgan. “You can slide into a carved turn rather than stay on a track all day. Very relaxing.” Thibeault said the ski “feels like an insurance policy-there when you need it, but you don’t have to think about it.” Just apply gentle pressure, and the Merlin responds.

Positives: Gentle turns happen like magic
Negatives: Heavy guys need not apply