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K2 Apache Crossfire 2005 Ski Review

It has been dubbed as the ultimate cross-mountain ski. Is it worthy?  I think the Crossfire has a very good go at it…


Model: Apache
Size(cm) / Radius(m): 153/? 160/? 167/? 174/16 181/?
Sidecut : 109/68/99
Length Tested:
174cm

Manufacturer’s Description:

“High Performance Cross Mountain”

Ski-Review’s Verdict:

I had just skied the K2 Apache Hellfire which is almost identical to this Crossfire model; both have serious metal laminate—Top sheet, glass, mod structure, titanium, glass, wood core, glass, steel edges, base material etc.  This complex construction seems to make a seriously good ski.

I did say ‘almost’ identical—The difference between the Apache Crossfire and the Apache Hellfire is simply a case of dimensions. This is an ideal example to show how in a similar range, small changes to the spec make a whole world of difference;

The Apache Hellfire had all the characteristics and behaviour of a detuned slalom ski, as the dimensions are identical as the K2 mach SL.

The Apache Crossfire however has a much less exaggerated sidecut – just 18mm and its arc comes in at 16m on a 174.  This has shaped this ski to something very stable at both slow and high speeds.  I took it down a blue, red and a black - the snow was two day old powder so had been skied and groomed by our old friends with cat tracks. This ski was as fun and responsive in short, medium and long turns. I had to work and persuade the ski on the really short turns due to the medium radius.  Unfortunately there was no real powder to speak of.
It is a shame that the longer 181cm model was not available for me to try as I think it could be quite something as the 174cm was rather special.

Conclusion?

K2 is doing well with this new range.

The Crossfire seems to have one up on the Hellfire for all mountain cruising.  I know what I would buy of the two!

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Reader Ski Reviews of the K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by spilla on 09/22

I agree with the above…except…The crossfire skis much longer than last years XT.  The sidecut continues into the tip.  As soon as you get these on edge, they grab.  When they’re on edge they are plenty stable in a 174.  This coming form a guy who owns a Head XRC 1100 sidewall ski in a 184. The best thing about K2’s entire line of skis is the energy they have.  I have skied everything from Atomic, Dynastar, Head, Rossi, Salomon, Blizzard, Line, and K2 and the K2’s have by far the most pop of anything. I have never before been a fan of their skis, but the new line (the entire line) is a winner!

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/14

I skied the Apache crossfire and LOVED it. Very responsive ,great edge hold, and perfect in the bumps. I am 6 ft 185 Lbs and the 174 (all terain level lll) .It did well in the new (heavy wet) snow of Dec. 10 storm at Winter Park. Then I skied the RECON (174) and liked it even more.. Just as good in the bumps, way steadier (and more float) in the crude and heavy powder. It did well on the groomies also but not as reponsive as the crossfire on the firm flats. Not usually a K2 fan. But they will probably be my next purchase.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by chris0952 on 12/22

I’m 5’6 and 150 pounds. I have skiied for many years as a kid and had to quit for a few years while I was in grad school. I have never skied on shaped skis but I used to be able to do anything on the mountains here. I would consider myself an “old expert” but I"m 27 yrs old. Expert trails here become extermely icey and full of bumps which is what I end up skiing in. Don’t care about speed as much as a ski that can keep me stable in the bumps. Can you give me a few options or somewhere I can go for some options?  Looking to be under $800 for skiis only. Also, what am I looking for in a boot? You can email me (chris77@gmail.com) or AIM me at Jankiac. Thanks very much. The guy at my store is recommending Nordica SUV12s.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/05

I demo-ed this ski last week and really liked it.  This was my first time on shaped skis (I’ve skied on 200cm+ GS/SL skis for >15 years) so I was not sure what to expect.  I am 6’0, 160 lbs and I tried the 181’s.  Very stable at speed, very forgiving.  I pushed them as hard as I could, and I could not over-ski them.  As an old-school guy, this surprised me, as the skis felt bigger (in terms of stability) than they were.  I might try the 174s and see how they do….but overall I don’t think an expert skier can go wrong with these-they did everything I wanted them to do.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/05

I demo-ed this ski last week and really liked it.  This was my first time on shaped skis (I’ve skied on 200cm+ GS/SL skis for >15 years) so I was not sure what to expect.  I am 6’0, 160 lbs and I tried the 181’s.  Very stable at speed, very forgiving.  I pushed them as hard as I could, and I could not over-ski them.  As an old-school guy, this surprised me, as the skis felt bigger (in terms of stability) than they were.  I might try the 174s and see how they do….but overall I don’t think an expert skier can go wrong with these-they did everything I wanted them to do.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/21

I demoed the Crossfire for 2 days on Snowmass’ hard-packed and groomed cruisers on the Burn and Sam’s Knob this week. It was great for high-speed carving and short radius fall line turns on steep slopes. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to test it in powder, but it blew through crud with ease and felt very manageable in the bumps.

At 6’3” and 220 lbs, I would not mind a little longer ski than the 181 cm maximum, but this ski was very stable at high speeds and grew more responsive the more I leaned on it.

I also skied similar offerings from Rossignol and Salomon (sorry, forget the names), and the Crossfire is the clear winner. I plan to buy a pair in the offseason.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/22

I just bought a pair of 174cm Crossfires after skiing on 185cm K2 Merlin 4s for three seasons.  The Crossfires were similar in feel and response in my first two outings with them at Tahoe.  They are excellent skis, and at 5’ 9” 160lbs, are a much better fit than the 185cm Merlins.  Very stable at high speeds and great edge for quick turns.  No complaints at all.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/23

I have skied since I was a kid raised on long boards and probably rated as expert.  After a long lay off bought my first pair of K2’s the Crossfire. WOW what a ski first pair of shaped skis also it did everything I expected and more.  Crude was no problem powder no problem, only had to work on the very short quick turns but I wouldn’t down grade it for that.  I would reccommend this ski to any intermediate or expert.  Not the beginner way too much ski for them.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/28

Since the age of 5 i have been on skis. I have skied k2s for the past 8 or 9 years and can say K2 has gone above and beyond on this ski. As a patroller i have to ski every terrain fast, slow, and anything inbetween. I have taken these in the best bowls of summit county as well as the icyest bumps of the midwest and have found nothing the crossfires can’t handle. Coming off the old machs and the axis this ski is simply the best.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/28

I need to decide between the Scream Limited’s or the Metron M:10’s.  I am an agressive intermediate skiier and ski on ice-hardpack snow.  I need to know which ski would handle better in these conditions.  thx

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/31

As Chris said above, I also took many years off for grad school. Just got back into skiing, and had a shock when I went to rent skis and found the equipment had changed so much in 20 years. My Head 210s needed to have a hacksaw taken to them. Anyway, I just got back from Heavenly Valley in Tahoe (1/29/05, beautiful fresh powder) and rented the K2 Crossfires. I can honestly say, that it was like I jumped a skill level with these things. I used to be an intermediate that would attempt expert runs. But with these, I was shredding the expert runs with no problem. The darn skis would just turn with no effort. I am going to run out and buy some right now.  Mike @ MMurray771@aol.com

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/26

K2 Apache Hellfire VS. Apache Crossfire?

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/26

same question… Hellfire or Crossfire? I want a ski mostly for groomed slopes that will allow me to get into some powder on occasion.  I am 5’11 and only 155, and, while I am no expert, am a fairly advanced skiier.  Also, any ideas for bindings for me?

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/02

The crossifres are designed for exactly that - all-mountain skiing with a bias towards the groomed.

I picked mine up from Sport Chalet for just over $600, with bindings.  They’re having a 30% off sale right now.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/07

I took out a pair of K2 Crossfires (174) and K2 Recon’s (174 and 181) yesterday at a Copper Mountain demo day.  I loved the Crossfires until I stepped into the Recons.  The Crossfires are certainly more stable at speed and you can get them to bite more on the hard-pack.  But, anywhere else, the Recons were better.  The Recons are wider (115-74-110??) and were, needless to say, absolutely amazing off-piste.  They tore through the crud and allowed quick strong turns in the steep terrain.  I was even able to ski the tight trees where the snow had began to melt and had become crusty.  The Recons just floated and allowed me to have a level of control I have never experienced.  I couldn’t believe the amount of “rebound” you get out of the Recons.  Load them up, and they rocket you out of the turn.  Eventually, I had to assume a more aggresive, forward stance to keep my weight over the middle of the ski!  In the moguls, they were acceptable. The skis (exspecially the shovel) are too wide to be a serious mogul ski, but the added flex was more forgiving than the Crossfire.  For skiing on big mountains in the west, where the snow is usually soft, I can’t think of a better ski than the Recon.  p.s. when considering length, I have skied a lot of days in my life, and the 174cm length was all the ski I needed! (I’m 6’ and weigh approx. 180)  (I also demo’ed the Rossignol B2 (176).  It was nice, but does not offer the performance of either the Recon or Crossfire.  Too soft and foregiving for my taste.)

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/07

Hi everyone, i live in vail and ski three days a week, i have tried a lot of skis over the years, but the new k2 apache crossfire really st itself apart. What a wonderfull ski, it can handle absolutely every terrain, from groomers to bumps. Very stable (the 174 model) at high speed, and a fairly good bump ski. This ski, along with the old k2 four classic, are the best ever built by k2. Congratulations.

Charles C.A.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by carlcg11 on 03/09

Hello. Just back from Steamboat and had the opportunity to demo many skis. I really loved the Apache X, great feel and smooth ride compared to others I tried. However, I did not get a chance to try the crossfire. If anyone knows and has tried both, does the crossfire have the same smooth silky ride as the Apache X? Is the flex of the ski similar. Thanks in advance for any responses.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/09

Hello carlcg11 if you liked the apache x, wait until you try the crossfire model, YOU’LL LOVE THEM. i had the chance to ski on both models and i felt the crossfire a smoother, more stable, quicker turning ski. Altough, they both share the same specs, the crossfire’s metal laminate construction, compared to the apache x’s torsion box, makes the crossfire a superior ski, a really all mountain MONSTER. Don’t miss the chance to try the crossfire.

Charles C.A. Vail

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/09

Hello carlcg11 - you also need to try the K2 Apache Recon.  It is less stiff than the crossfire, but stiffer than the X.  Read my review above, “Crossfire vs. Recon.”  If you want a little higher performing ski, choose either the Recon or Crossfire.  The Crossfire if you like speed on groomers, and the Recon if you like playing elsewhere on the mountain.  (p.s., you can also stick with the Apache X’s if you are not an expert skier.  They are great skis - just a little more forgiving).

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by carlcg11 on 03/10

Thanks for the replies to my message and the great info. Other than the Apache X as my favorite, next favorite was the Volkl 5 star - Wow! great ski, stability and edge hold. However, I just did not like the “feel” of the ski. I will be sure to try both the Crossfire and Recon. Thanks again for the responses.

Carl

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/14

I just purchased the 167 Crossfire to replace my 170 Rossi axium beginner skis that I spent my first two years on.  I was going for the 174, but it sold out before I got there.  Under closer inspection, the Crossfire 167 was as long as the 170 Rossi.  The k2’s also ski longer due to their moving the wide part of the radius closer to the tips than other models.  So, at 6’ 220, I went short and stiff.  I find the skis to be very stable at moderate speeds (I ski 1000’ hills in NY so GS really is not an option) and very quick as the 167 has a turn radius of 14m compared to 16m for the 174.  When I throw my weight onto these skis, they give it right back with a ton of rebound.  Great ski!

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/17

I’m will demo the Crossfire for the 3rd time. I don’t even want to try another ski. It was as if it were love at first site.  We kicked the moutains ass together and had thee best time skiing EVER.  Ended up sking 8 straight hours at Brenkenridge, and with no lines that day, was in heaven as if it were a dream.  I will be buying a pair this offseason, you can guarentee that.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 04/04

I purchased the Crossfire (174) to replace an older set of K2 Mod 7/8 (181). Once again K2 has a winner and validates my continuing choice of K2 skis. Since buying them, I have skied them on everything from machine groomed runs early morning crud to tracked up two day old powder to fresh powder. They performed exceptionally in all conditions, holding tight carved turns on the groomed, bashing through the crud and floating through the powder. The only time I would even consider going back to my old K2s would be in deep powder (the old skis are a bit wider and longer giving me a little more float). Overall the best ski I’ve ever owned.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 04/19

RE: K2 Apache Crossfire 174cm. So here?s the story. Picture a guy that grew up skiing and riding his bike up and down the hills of rural Seattle area (one speed, of course).  Moves to Southern California and goes from skiing 10 feet of pack 30 min from his house to 18 inches of Big Bear ?Crud? (on most occasions) 2+ hours from the new home.  He/I applied for and became a Ski Instructor and then National Ski Patrolman at age 19, 60+ ski days per year for the next 6 years or so then 15 to 25 days for another 5 to 7 years. 

Move the clock forward twenty years, one child, one marriage, two houses, a ton of work hours and ?no skiing? ?later. Now at age 52 and an ?ex? everything its time to start skiing again.  Big build up eh?  Well I?d put if off as long as I and my buddies would let me, someone calls ?B.S.?  and off to Mammoth Mountain Ca.(April, 15th. 2004) for a much anticipated ?new beginning?  with (and in front of) good friends.

I decided to rent Demo skis from/at Mammoth.  After my stint in the ?rental? line and a short chat with the house rental Pro. I ended up on a pair of 174cm. K2 Apache Crossfire Demo Skis.  Bottom line: Incredible! It was as if I had never been off skis much less like I had had a 20+year hole in my skiing experience.  I had/have owned and skied on all kinds of skis from ?full length? wooden, no steel edge, bear traps (look it up in an ?old dictionary) to the newest, coolest, hippest, fastest, etc. that had been made from 1964 to 1985ish and skied them all very well I might add. 

The K2 Apache Crossfire?s (174 cm) that I rented took every great trait from all of my most favorite skis in a span of 20+ years ?on the snow? rolled them into one and threw in about 20% on top. Outstanding!! After the first 100 yards of my first run in 20+ years it felt like I was born on these skis!! I couldn?t believe it!  Incredible, Great fast or slow, on ice, in crud, on groomed, bumps, etc. Great turners, carving, jamming, you name it. Lock the edge, into a turn on the tips, feel the waist pull through and blast out on the tails like I was sling shoted, just incredible!

Well needless to say when I went back to the rental shop I asked them about the ?Demo Sale Deal? and now have my new ?favorite? skis tuned, waxed, and poised ?at the ready? for an every wendsday ?ski day? from now on! What a treat!! Thanks K2!

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by carlcg11 on 06/05

I noticed that the 2006 Crossfire specs have changed; from 109/68/99 to 115/68/99.

To those that have skied the Crossfire and provided your reviews, What do you think? Will this change the performance of the Crossfire? If so, in what ways?

Also, those that have provided reviews, have any of you skied the Crossfire with the piston binding - What are your thoughts on the piston?

Carl

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 06/11

I am at a crossroad right now.  I live in Australia where we see very little powder.  I’m currently deciding b/n the Crossfire and the Sinox Pro from Stockli.  Every review of the Crossfire makes it sound like an awesome ski but at the store they have the Sinox Pro at a cheaper price.  No one seems to know anything about the Stockli’s so if anyones had experience with them could they let me know or email me on shiilyboy@optusnet.com.au

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 07/22

hey guys/girls I am looking to buy some new skis, have used some 4 year old Blizzard 170’s recently a beginner ski. I ski about 25 days per year and can handle all the inter advanced run in oz (If that means anything) What i am after is a ski that will lift performance and last me the next 3-5 years. I am 173 cm tall about 5’ 8” and weigh 84kg or about 180lb. can any of you tell me if the cross fire or apache X is going to do the job. or recommend another ski. Also what length. i figure before i go into the store i may as well get some independant advice Most of our runs are groomed bu i ski about 30% off piste also. Thanks. Richard

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 08/06

We are about the same size/weight. I skiied the 174cm Crossfire last season and really enjoyed them. I am comfortable in the 180cm range and the 174’s were faster and more responsive. Great edging and stablity and you can push them as much as you are able. I have used them on all types of snow with no problem. A little narrow for deep powder unless you are already good at that stuff. If you’re used to 170’s I suggest you demo the 167’s first. Good luck. Cheers, Gregg

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 09/24

Email Lil Jimmy Norton @ yellowtreats@aol.com You can also dump on my chest if you’d like - that would be a good thing to do.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 09/27

I demo’d the Axis XT 181cm last year and thought they were great. How do they compare to the Crossfire? I’m at 205 lbs and ski blue/black, all conditions. I’m considering the 174cm Crossfire, but are they too short? Thanks, Doug

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 10/07

If you are really skiing 25 days per year, I would go with the Crossfires.  25 days per year allows you to significantly improve each year.  I don’t think the Crossfires would overpower you - but they certainly will give you pleanty of headroom.  If I were you, I would go no longer than 174 and would suggest the the 167 length -especially if you are skiing mostly groomers.  The Crossfires have LOTS of bite, even at shorter lengths.  Have Fun! Ian

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 10/09

Doug - If you liked the the Axis XT in 181, I would go with the 181 Crossfire.  They ski very similarly, with the Crossfires being just a bit more refined, and a slightly bigger “sweet spot”.  FYI - I am 6’2” 185 and felt a little over-flexing on the 174, but found the 181s great, even in the bumps.  If you are set on skiing a shorter length, and do 50% or more off-piste skiing, I would go with the Recon’s in 174. Cheers, Max

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 11/22

I am 6’2” 190 and like to ski hard and tight. I skied the 2004/05 Crossfires at 181 in various conditions last season. They excel in heavy crud and groomed pistes alike. For the first time in 20 years of skiing I was carving like a pro - outrigger downhill ski and uphill glove scraping the piste. I the crud they just keep on floating to the top and throwing you through the turns. A word of caution - on steeper packed ice I couldn’t get the edges to bite and the tips were very skittery - it was hell.  Maybe the fault is in my technique, but if the resorts you ski are prone to ice - buy a reserve ski for the icy days - that’s what I’m looking for this season - any suggestions? I’m still keeping the K2s for all other conditions because they are excellent allrounders.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/05

which is better for east cost fast hardpack?Croosfire or volkl six star? I’ve been skiing narrow dynastar assault and want something quick edge to edge and occasional moguls. mostly ski at sunday river and jay peak thanks

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/03

i’m 6’3”+, 220 lbs…crossfire 174 or 181? thanks in advance…

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/05

I’m 6’4” and 310 lbs. mid internediate, jumps, downhill, park are what I like to do.

Would this ski be plenty for me?

Thanks in advance

Sean

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/05

I demoed them my last day in Utah which was this past Tuesday and loved them!  I was skiing on a pair of Outlaws for most of the week (snowbird, alta, brighton, solitude).  Outlaws kicked ass in powda; had some great fresh track runs in Mineral Basin, however, I found myself fighting with them in any sort of harder packed snow, or anything else for that matter. If I went over any bumps, meaning literal bumps, not moguls, it was like I needed shock absorbers; like the skis were trying to buck me out of my bindings like a bronco; however, so good in deep powda.  I changed up to crossfire’s, a little reluctantly because Alta got seriosly dumped on the night before, but I’m in the market for a new ski.  These skis kick ass! Responsive, great shape,  great in all different types of snow; and I just felt so comfortable skiing with them, like an extension of my legs.  I told the demo guy at alta that I liked the Volkl 5 star I demod last year at Jackson Hole when the conditions were crappy; he hooked me into these.  Which leads me to my next inquiry.  I’m seriously thinking about buying this ski, or a volkl 5 star or 6 star.  I’m heading to Jackson in February and will probablty demo them all.  I am an eastcoast guy, so I do my share of skiing the whole Vermont area as well.  I really do like to ski everything which is why I demo like crazy depending on the conditions, more so out west.  I love the powder, prefer off-piste when available, LOVE hitting the trees, the glades, and love the moguls.  I’m 5’ 9” and 175 pounds (at times I’m at at 165-168 to 177-178).  I’m an advanced to expert skier, closer to the advanced side.  I ski with a Head ‘04 worldcup boot (the yellow one) which I cry in joy when I think of them.  Like I said, I did like the 5 star when I demoed them, but the conditions were bad, and I don’t remember really testing them in the bumps and have been reading the mediocre reveiws about how the 5 star handles them.  All thoughts appreciated.  Do I go with the 5 star, 6 star, or pick up a pair of crossfires?  Or any other ideas

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/11

what would be considered a better freeride ski? the salomon scrambler hot or the K2 apache crossfire or recon in terms of performance?

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/16

what size crossfires shouls u be considering? i am an advanced skiier who skis for a about 2-3 weeks a year, weigh 89 kg or approx. 190 lbs and my height is 6’ or 183 cm! thanks in advance

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/27

I’m 5-8, 180 ... I ski probably about 10 days a year, but will be skiing more. Have skied all my life, and am probably intermediate to advance. Can handle everything except steep mogul slope, which I can get down, but would prefer not to think too much ... So, Xs or Crossfires? 167s or 174s ... The 167s seem really short. I used to ski on 180s .. Thoughts?

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 01/31

Had been riding on volkl V4’s all over the Alps for the past 3 years so decided to treat myself prior to this season. Fell in love with the crossfires as soon as i saw them and bought without trying. I can honestly say they brought my skiing on two fold in the first week in corchevel! Felt so confident on them within a couple of minutes. A mate of mine has a 1 year old pair of Atomic SX10’s which are pretty nifty but even he is seriously considering changing to the crossfire after trying them. Cannot recommend them enough and am stroking them in anticipation of St Anton next week!

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/06

Out east Killington ice & crude today. Demoed the 167’s on Volkl AC3’s, K2 Apache X, and K2 Apache Crossfires. No comparison. The Crossfires destroyed the others by a longshot. I ski all-mt, fast turns on light powder square/diamonds. The X’s ski nice but chatter and lose it at speeds, the AC3’s couldn’t hold an edge and got tossed by the crud, but the Crossfires cut through everything, edged well, and cruise well at speed. I’d still like to try out the Volkl 5 stars, but honestly I can’t imagine a more stable and agile ski than these. I’m upgrading from 192 Elan MBX 16’s and the Crossfires felt more stable and held a better edge in an over 20cm shorter length. Unbelievable.

Does anybody NOT like these things?

- Clif

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/18

I demoed these and a bunch of others, hard packed day at Tahoe. I thought they carved well, but were quite unstable running flat at speed (like many other shaped skis). Of the ones I tried, I liked the Scrambler Hots the best - not as tight a carve as the Crossfires, but much more stable at high speed without having to be on edge, and way way way less swing weight. Closely linked turns on a steep fall line took a lot less effort, didn’t feel like cement shoes when you are jumping them around in a tight canyon.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 02/27

I’ve been looking at the K2 crossfire having skiied the Omni 5.5. I have an opportunity to buy the Volkl AC2 for ~$200 saving. Any feedack would be appreciated.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/02

I haven’t looked at the posts in a while but there as there a lot of queries about the best Crossfire length for various skiiers, I would saythat a skier who is comfortable in the 180-190cm range on straight ski would feel right at home on a 174cm Crossfire. 167’s if you are big on moguls. Hope my 2 cents helps.

Best, Gregg

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 04/03

I’ve been skiing since 9yrs old and lately have been on 187 Solomon X Scream series for the past 5 years.

With 6’1” and 170 lbs., I like the 187 length only in cruising runs. The length has been driving me nuts on moguls (Just can’t get them around as fast as I want).

So, I just demoed the Volkl 5 star (168mm), last years (2005) K2 crossfire (167mm) and the Solomon scrambler hot (174mm).

Solomon Scrambler Hot 174m: Can’t say enough about them; bad that is. I really could not stand this ski. It wouldn’t hold an edge, was floating all over the place. In moguls, it just didn’t cut it (literally). I’m ashamed to be currently skiing on Solomon’s after demoing these guys.

Volkl 5star 168mm: Unfortunately only got one run on these bad boys: Highline at Vail. For those that don’t know of it, it is a steep mogul run there at Vail, one of the steepest they have to offer, so the moguls were deep as well. They were nice and quick in the moguls as well as being very stiff on cruising runs. I liked them, but thought they were a little too stiff for deep mogules.

K2 Crossfire 167mm: Skied ~8 runs on these last weekend at Breckenridge. I was really impressed, although the mogules were not as steep or as tight & deep as those at Vail. In the mogul runs, they carved nicely and were quick to whip around. They were softer than the Volkl as well so gave me a nice flex (too bad I couldn’t test them in a deeper field). On cruising runs and even on hard-pack icy spring skiing conditions they help their edge unlike those Solomons. I have a very fast turning style with my skiis touching and these were able to keep up well in that situation as well (the only way I could get an edge on the Solomon’s was to seperate my skiis about 6 in and make larger turns…yuck!).

Summary: The K2 was great and am reading reviews and prices to see if I want to spend the dough to get new skis. Recommended for all-mountain and moguls.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 04/09

I tried the Recon as a Demo in January and really wanted a pair. They were generally not available and the places that did have them wanted over $950. I saw the 181cm Crossfire on sale for $399 with bindings and went for it. They have a narrower side cut than the Recon but basically the same design. They have more snap and are quicker than the Recon on groomed runs, These are seriously good skis. I never felt unstable at high speeds. They did pretty well in the back country and floated nicely on fresh powder. I’d say if you spend most of your time on groomed runs and like a fast ski that edges well you can’t go wrong with this ski.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 05/09

Where did you get them for $399? That’s a good price.  Kirkwood wanted $500 for the demo’s and dropped them to $450 the last day.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 08/10

I have been skiing Volkl 5 Star (168 cm) for the past few seasons and just purchased a pair of Crossfires.  Yet to get out there on them but plan to within the week.

I picked up a pair of Crossfires at 167cm but they are about 10mm longer than the 5 stars which are 168cm. 

Reading all your comments it seems most choose a shorter ski when skiing the crossfire.  I am 174cm tall or short u might say.

Should i have gone for the 160cm?

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 11/12

I’m 5’6” (approx 165) and 180lb (but losing it so hope to be closer to 165 by the time I go siiing htis season).  For the last two seasons have been skiing a Rossi Zenith Z3 (2004, not the oversize).  I’ve found these work brilliantly on the groomed runs at max speed but on anything less than 100% they are hard to get to change direction and are to stiff for pow/moguls.

I’m pretty certain these are too long and stiff for me, so am looking at the Crossfire in a 160 or maybe a Nordica Hotrod Nitrous in a 162.  I mostly ski red/black but am starting to discover the joys of pow…..

Suggestions on length/ski appreciated!

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K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 12/16

I bought a pair of 174 Crossfires over the summer and I am quite a biit heavier than I like to be . at 235 it seems the waist n the Crossfires are a bit narrow for my fat ass. . Whenever I get in to any type of powder Im not getting the float that Im used to .  Is this all in my head or do I need a wider ski???

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/05

Hi, my Czech K2 local dealer recomended me Crossfire 174 cm long. I’m a 195cm tall and 105kg (aprox.210lb) heavy.

The ski were utterly unserviceable. During each curve both skis were flexed as a bow and noses were higly oscilated. Completely unapplicable for me. After two days skiing, I sold this ski by less then half price. (F*ct my dealer).  Be carefull, at the and of the season, the dealers try to sell everythink to everyone.

K2 Apache Crossfire 2005
Written by Ski Review Guest on 03/24

I currently ski a B1 about 180 something cm.  Not great at holding an edge when I hit the ice.  I am 6’4” and 330lbs.  How would these work for me?  Or should I be looking at some Rossi Z5 oversizes?  Any other recommendation.  I am an intermediate skier with about 15 days of skiing under my belt in the last few years.  Stick to the blues and greens, no moguls.

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