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…
Size(cm) / Radius(m): 153/? 160/? 167/? 174/16 181/?
Sidecut : 109/68/99
Length Tested: 174cm
“High Performance Cross Mountain”
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.
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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