K2 Skis Men's Apache Interceptor Skis w/ MX 11.0 Ti Bindings:
When a ski company claims that it made a ski for all abilities, the response from seasoned skiers is often something along the lines of "Dudes, you can't fool all the people all the time." But K2's new all-mountain Apache Interceptor offers performance features that offer something for everyone. Granted, if you're an acrophobic beginner who wants a slow ski, the Interceptor will feel too fast, and if you're a high-energy expert skier with a penchant for pushing fast-twitch muscles to extremes, the Interceptor won't meet your expectations. But if you're like most skiers who want a balance of performance features, easy-turning characteristics and a heaping helping of predictable stability, this versatile ski is probably everything you want in an all-mountain ski. It easily rips groomed runs and blasts through broken snow, and the K2 MOD technology dampens vibration and chatter so you can push this ski without feeling like you're exceeding the design specs. Inside the Apache Interceptor is a triaxially braided glass configuration around the lively fir and aspen wood core, giving the ski exceptional rebound and response. While K2's torsion box design has been around for a number of years, it remains one of the best (and critically-acclaimed) ski construction techniques because of performance and versatility. Another performance enhancement is K2's MOD Technology, a secondary core that's independent of the fir and aspen core. MOD Technology dampens vibrations without messing with the ski's overall flex. This improves the ski-to-snow contact while reducing the bouncing chatter. The result is a smoother ride that carries through a range of terrain with predictable consistency. That little X-shaped device on the ski is K2's MOD Monic device. It's made from solid zinc and attached to the MOD secondary core to focus mass dampening at key points along the ski where chatter and vibrations happen most. While other ski manufacturers usually pile on heavy components to dampen vibrations (and weigh down the ski, giving it less pop) the MOD Monic offers dampening while reducing ski weight, so the Apache Interceptor feels light and lively beneath your feet, but still incredibly stable when you're skimming across unyielding hardpack snow. If you're looking for a similar ski with a narrower waist for carving on hardpack snow (something like a 40% ungroomed/60% groomed profile) check out the K2 Apache Crossfire.
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