Guest post by Matt Sklar—We have skiers of all kinds here at evo, from newschool jibbers, to oldschool rippers. We’d be hard-pressed to name another ski company that has a lineup that can make everyone happy, that is except for K2 Skis. From wide and playful skis like the Catamaran, to the hard charging traditional shapes of the Pinnacle series, there’s a ski for every skier.
The smooth flow of surfing has influenced skiers for many years. Powder skis with softer ski tips and tails as well as new rocker profiles have helped skiers to emulate the slashing cutback turns you see on the waves. K2 Skis’ Sean Pettit is a great example of a skier that rides like this, with a weight-centered stance that allows him to pivot through pillow lines and throw big tricks.
While not many skiers can ski like Pettit, we can all try our best impersonations at the local hill. For this style of riding, K2’s Catamaran skis are the perfect tool. Their light swing-weight for a ski of their size (aided by the asymmetrical shape and core layup) and generous rocker profile make it possible to pivot on a dime and surf fresh snow.
The playful nature of the Catamaran also carries down to the skinnier skis in the K2 lineup like the Marksman. The narrow waist width of the K2 Marksman makes them a better “everyday” or all mountain ski, as they are more nimble and handle hard snow better than their wider counterparts. Don’t just take it from us, one reviewer on evo.com described the Marksman perfectly, saying “ I wanted a ski that was more stable and better in soft snow but were still playful enough that I didn’t feel bogged down by the width or weight. The K2 Marksman are so playful. Perfect for finding those powder pockets in the trees or random features around the mountain. I take these through the park, through trees, backcountry, off jumps and everything in between and have not been disappointed.”
For skiers that prefer a more traditionally shaped ski, the Pinnacle series is the perfect pick. The mounting point of these skis will be farther back on the ski, lending more towards a charging style where the skier pressures the front of their boots to power through turns. Don’t let the straight lining and charging talk fool you though, thanks to camber underfoot and All-Terrain Rocker, the K2 Pinnacle series remains easy to ski.
The Pinnacle 105 is our favorite width, making for a great everyday ski for skiers out West. East Coasters may want to step down to the skinnier Pinnacle 88 or Pinnacle 95 for better hard snow performance that can also be a little bit quicker edge-to-edge for those tight East Coast trees.
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