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K2 X-14 All Mountain Review

K2 X-14


Description
Built for the athletic and adventurous intermediate to advanced skier who's not yet proficient in broken snow and powder but wants to be. This new ski will take them there. Combines great groomed snow performance with greater forgiveness for off-piste conditions. Features K2's patented Smart Ski Technology™. Construction: Triaxially braided at 38°, Electra™ 4000 racing base. New high-gloss cap material. All-fir core Lengths: 168, 178, 183, 188, 193 Sidecut: 14.0 mm Dimensions: 103/70/93
Picture and Description for Model Year:
2000



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Review Date
April 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Value Rating
 2 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Stephen Kangas ,  DoubleDiamond , from North Bend, WA, USA

Summary:
Perhaps this ski was one of the better all-mountain skis 4 years ago, but there are several other skis I enjoyed more even then. I bought these skis primarily for the back country, based on a friend's recommendation. I also noticed that several ski mountaineering guides I know used them extensively. But now I wished I'd passed and went straight for the Salomon X Scream instead at the time (which had just come out).

To its credit the X14 LOVES to go FAST. The only time I could get a smile on these things was blastin my way down relatively smooth terrain or slightly crusty snow. Reminded me of a small-block "built" V8 muscle car I used to own...pretty rough until you hit 4500rpm then it hummed and took off. But anything short of that and you're having to wrestle it constantly.

K2 does have an excellent warranty program. I bent one of the X14 skis (I've heard from many X14 owners about bent and broken skis), and my dealer sent them into K2 for replacement. They replaced them with the Mod X, which is a far superior ski to the X14. Although still not my favorite boards in my quiver, the Mod X substantially improved over the X14's in nearly every measure, terrain and speed.

Similar Products Used:
K2 Mod X, Nordica Wave 9, Salomon X Scream, Karhu Special K


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Review Date
March 19, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
3 months to 1 year

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Reviewed by: Tim ,  Advanced , from Pittsburgh, PA

Summary:
A fantastic ski that handles all conditions and whatever my mood is at the time. A medium weight ski that allows quick movement and stability in the bumps. Most of my experience with them has been with softer snow so I can't provide significant input on hardpack and ice but expect they would hold their own. Check out eBay for a good used set at a great price. No, mine aren't for sale.

Similar Products Used:
K2 MSL, K2 TNC, Dynastar Coupe Du Monde


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Review Date
March 19, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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Reviewed by: George Bell ,  Advanced , from Huntington Beach

Summary:
I discovered the beauty of this ski one day while demoing the X-15's. I had planned on buying the X15's after reading ski magazine reviews. I thought the X15s did a poor job holding an edge and gave up the idea of buying them. Being demo day K2 also had X14s there that day. I tried them and loved them! I had to have them and bought them shortly after that. For me this is a great all around ski and I rarely ski my older Merlin V's because the X14 is so versital.
My daughter demoed the womans version of this ski yesterday and loved them, she said she has never skied on spring snow so well because the X14's just plow through the slush. I am buying some leftover models from last year tomorrow for her.

Similar Products Used:
K2 Merlin V's


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Review Date
January 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
3 months to 1 year

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Reviewed by: Sid ,  DoubleDiamond , from Vernon British Columbia

Summary:
In short I am a very agressive all over the mountain kinda skier. I am found usually in the crud, trees, groomers with rollercoaster jumps, terrain parks, descending faces and generally doing dangerous stuff with caution. I push these babies hard everyday and regularily take em up to the "vapour trail left behind speeds", they do smooth out when ya take em really fast I suspect the peizo dampener system does work effectively. I have found that I achieve G-forces sufficient enought to challenge my leg strength and that these skis will zip all over the mountain if ya want to "go there". Basically they are very turny and will pretty much do whatever you command them to do at the speeds which most all skiers up to agressive experts on the mountain require fer their needs. I guess I have not achieved downhill race speeds on this ski yet however I have in past on other skis and if I do I'll update this page and let ya know how they feel. In the tree moguls they are what you make of em if ya take command and use em hard they become self turners pretty much following the groove ya place em in and then waiting fer yer next command, on the open road they carve as hard as ya push em and if ya want to have em snap back at the turns end they'll do that too, fer jumps they are a gas if ya spring from the tips off a lip you literally get double air and the tails are good fer landing on I don't find a tail landing hard nor do I feel as if the tails may snap off. K2 did perform admirably executing the engineering on these planks, I have owned 3 pair of k2 skates and now my second pair of k2 skis I would like to add the K2 enemy to my ski quiver and then maybe a mountain bike. I support K2 products. The company has never let me down when it comes to warrantying their product. I am perturbed though that I have been a loyal customer and I cannot get a baseball cap fer the days end when my hairs a mess and I need a skidlid. Anyway thanks fer the good products and I'm not holding any grudges because of the ballcap.
Sid

Similar Products Used:
Dynastar, Rossignol, Head(s).


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Review Date
May 23, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 months

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Reviewed by: Randy ,  Advanced , from Citrus Heights, CA, USA

Summary:
I have skied for 20 years and this is the best ski I have ever skied. They really EXCELLED in soft snow (Spring corn/Powder). A foot of fresh snow and they skied the trees effortlessly. They also skied well on the off trail/crud, all I had to do was think about turning and they turned. They made nice GS turns on the groomers, and edged very well on ice. They where a little tough to turn in short moguls, but if skied aggressively they did OK. They make an EXCELLENT all mountain ski!!! I ski them in the 188cm length / good ski for a strong/aggressive intermediate or better skier who wants to improve their sking abilities.

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