K2 Escape 5500 Unlimited Alpine Ski Reviews

K2 Escape 5500 Unlimited Alpine Ski

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Feb 6, 2006
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Pros:Stable, Huge sweet spot, good on powder.

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: If you are a intermediate, and you are riding novice skis. Do yourself a favor and get a set of these. They'll keep up with you for a long time.


I just bought a pair of these used the other day and got to take them out skiing this past weekend. I didn't have them waxed or sharpened yet. I'm 5'9, 140lbs, and I got 160cm. I ski in the East, so we don't have a lot of powder. I was skiing before on

I bought these skis (with bindings) used for $40, bases are in excellent condition and top sheet isn't too bad. The skis have Marker ModX Bindings, and I ski in Rossi Free X boots (expert boots with thermal fit). These skis shred. Plain and simple. I am a solid intermediate, capable of most Piste/groomed slopes. Diamonds are no problem. We had a pretty nice ski day yesterday with about 6 inches of fresh snow, and in some spots we had powder nearly a foot deep. Nothing impressive, but a rare occurence for us.

At the beginning of this season, I had a whole 3 days of skiing behind me... I was skiing blacks, but it wasn't pretty. I decided that I would do beginner ski lessons this season, and I cliniced a bit to hone by basic skills. Since this was my first year really skiing, I was using rental equipment, which consisted of boots a size too big that were pieces of crap and Head rental skis that are purely novice skis.

I strapped up my boots, clicked into my skis, and went out. First run I made was a blue that merged into a black. I started getting up on the edges and these skis went exactly where I wanted with no effort at all. On the skis I was riding before, and amount of speed felt very unstable, so most of the time I'd traverse across the whole slope and piddle my way down. I ski with my girlfriend and her family and I'm usually the last one down the mountain... i'd be halfway down when they were at the bottom. With these skis, I can shred down and actually keep up with most of them. Even on basically solid ice (which we had saturday before the snow fell) the edges wouldn't grab, but even bouncing from the rough ice I felt like I was in control and had plenty of stability. These skis have a huge sweet spot.

Now, on Sunday, I got into a little powder and got to play around a little more. These things float across the powder as smoothly as could be. Granted, I caught an edge once and got a face full of powder, but it was my first time skiing on any powder so I wasn't used to it. After I learned what NOT to do, I had no problems at all.

I hit a small jump a few times yesterday, also... Got about 3ft. of air, and the landings are smooth as can be. I felt like I landed on a pillow when in reality I was landing on a 2ft. thick layer of ice with about 3in. of powder on it.

Now, this isn't a problem with the ski, but rather the binding. I tried throwing a 180 off the jump and didn't get enough prewind and landed about 10 degrees short. Needless to say, I crashed. In the process I lost both skis and managed to bend the ski brake on one of the skis. A pair of pliers will fix it though.

Basically, If you are an Intermediate looking for a good ski to keep up with you for a while, this is a good choice. It looks rad and rides rad. As the description above says, "All it'll leave an advanced skiier wanting is one more run", Even with a Wind Chill of less than 5F, I just wanted one more run...


Recommend this product? Yes


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