K2 Apache Hellfire 2005 Ski Review
Apart from sharing its name with the missile system of a certain attack helicopter, the Apache Hellfire also shares the same dimensions as the MACH SL ski that K2 are offering this season, and the same construction as the Crossfire version of the Apache ski.
Model: Apache Hellfire
Size(cm) / Radius(m): 167/13
Sidecut : 110/64/97
Length Tested: 167cm
“Positioned as a versatile all-mountain ski, the K2 Hellfire combines a nimble 64mm waist width with a generous 20mm sidecut. This combination on the K2 Apache Hellfire creates a powerful, quick and stable platform. Sightings have been limited due to the model’s vapor trail emmissions, but the footprint it leaves in the snow is an unmistakable arched trench.”
A mix of almost every metal you can think of, the construction of the Hellfire creates a ski with plenty of life and spring especially when the ski is bent during the penultimate stages of the turn. As is true with so many of the new offerings across the board of manufacturers, when it is skied correctly, this ski excels as a specialist tool.
A thin waist of 64mm and a turning radius of 13m @ 167 makes for a seriously nimble ski – full on point-n-shoot ski that grips to the terrain. Vibration is minimal, apparently due to the MOD Monic ‘thingy’. (I am yet to be convinced that whacking bits of plastic here there are everywhere whilst slapping a futuristic name on it actually makes that much different. From what I saw at Zermatt this year I personally think it is down to skis being well built.)
One thing you should notice about the Apache Hellfire is that with these huge side cuts the skis become very twitchy when the speed increases—so make sure you keep them on an edge. I am not singling out the Hellfire with this comment, but it is apparent that skis in this genre all suffer the same characteristics.
Overall, the Apache Hellfire is a great little ski which you can rip and have a hard time complaining about – made me look forward to trying its bigger brother the Crossfire, as this has less of a side cut and should turn out to be rather good if the Hellfire is anything to go by.
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