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56 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2018

K2

SKI REVIEWS 2018

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17.0/20
K2 Luv Sick 80 Ti [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
In this "Female Top-of-the-Range" category, we’re looking above all for consistent skis that combine performance, accessibility, comfort and versatility. The one-quiver skis stand out for their clever compromises. The Luv Sick 80 Ti performs well in all areas, with emphasis squarely on performance. Not content to meet the demanding criteria perfectly, the Luv sick 80 Ti has added a few extras that the reviewers loved. First, the 80 mm waist ski is happy in all snow conditions and even encourages riders to go off-piste when conditions are right. In addition, it's responsive, smooth and intuitive, offering riders a great deal of pleasure. It was a "hot favourite" for the reviewers. The Luv sick 80 Ti is aimed at a wide range of skiers, from intermediary to expert who’re looking for a model that will ensure plenty of thrills for very versatile on-piste use as well as easy off-piste rides.

Liked: Overall performance Excellent grip Easy turn initiation and turn entry Versatile for carving/skid turns Stable Smooth and intuitive Versatile i...

Disliked: Somewhat flexible ski tip that has trouble maintaining contact at high speeds, making turn initiation a bit less incisive...

16.3/20
K2 Pinnacle 85 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30

The Pinnacle 85 from K2 performs well and easily overall, and scores high for its agility and playfulness. Behaviour on the piste is globally good, with very responsive turn initiation and good grip. The ski is very comfortable, needs little engagement and cushions the terrain well. Off-piste, the ski is remarkably easy. It’s a shame that the tip is a bit damp so tends to float and chatter at high speed on piste which can hamper freeride in choppy snow. The Pinnacle 85 is an excellent model that will suit intermediary to good riders looking for a nimble and easy ski for the groomed runs, together with carefree rides discovering the joys of whizzing down virgin slopes.

Liked: Light, playful and easy to handle Good performance overall User-friendly Good grip Comfortable Flotation in the powder Carving/skid turn qua...

Disliked: Damp tip that floats at high speed and hampers progress in the crud ...

16.1/20
K2 Speed Charger [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

Slightly disappointing performance-wise (unfortunately tested too short), the K2 Speed Charger is still a ski that the PROSKILAB™ reviewers enjoyed immensely, as it is both extremely consistent and accessible. It’s happy in all circumstances at reasonable speeds, easily alternating between skids and carves in all types of turn. Turn initiation is simple and you just need to lean a little for effortless carving. Unfortunately, the ski loses its qualities when pushed to its limits at very high speed and on hard pack, where tail pressure is less incisive. The Speed Charger is an excellent choice for intermediary to good riders who'd like a ski that’s nimble, user-friendly and versatile, without necessarily wanting an ultra-athletic ski. We advise medium-build riders to go for the next size up.

Liked: Very accessible and user-friendly overall Easy and intuitive turn initiation Can handle all radius turns Good skid turn performance Good overal...

Disliked: Tested a bit short (168 cm) Slight lack of performance Lacks tail grip at high speed on hard pack ...

15.6/20
K2 Wayback 96 [click]
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The Wayback 96 from K2 is a Swiss knife that will wow riders who love to explore the virgin slopes. More of a "Freerando" than an "All Moutain", it’s a bit less playful on the piste, especially for carving/slicing clean arcs. In freeride, on the other hand, it performs extremely well. The ski is user-friendly and comfortable overall. The easy rotation, consistent skid turns and flotation in powder make the rider’s work a whole lot easier. The ski will go anywhere effortlessly, without dampening in tricky snow, and is extremely stable, even at high speed. Its reasonable weight also makes it easier to take uphill. The Wayback 96 is definitely an excellent freerando choice. Measured weight of the model reviewed (ski only): 1505 gr

Liked: Progressive flex Very accessible Very happy in skid turns Reassuring behaviour on all terrains Easy rotation Comfortable Ski that instantly mak...

Disliked: Carving/slicing arcs on the piste...

15.2/20
K2 iKonic 80ti [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end

Not far from the tenors in the category in our selection of the best skis on the market, the iKonic 80ti from K2 comes away with honours. The reviewers were impressed by its agility and accessibility. lt’s remarkably easy to use and riders will get a handle on it immediately. The ski scores well for its comfort. The way it cushions the terrain is astonishing and the ski can be steered with very little physical engagement. Very docile, it responds to a touch, and turn entry in particular is very easy. The reviewers regretted a certain lack of character and responsiveness, however, especially noticeable in short turns. We recommend this model for intermediary to very good riders for cruising the pistes rather than dashingly carving out big turns.

Liked: Easy turn entry Agile User-friendly Comfortable Cushions the terrain Requires little physical effort Great performance in long turns ...

Disliked: A flexible ski, but with limited performance, especially in short turns Lacks character ...

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