Gear Review

5 5

Playful, fun ski!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I switched from the Dynafit Stokes to the K2 Backdrops this season, and could not be happier. The Backdrop is equally playful in fresh backcountry powder and cruisers back through the resort at the end of the day (although it certainly wasn't built for the latter). I found the Stokes to be lifeless, but the Backdrops are springy, and they float better. The All Terrain Rocker compensates for inadequacies in my form by keeping the tips on the surface even if I'm not perfectly balanced (which my friends say happens often). I've even skied these on steep, icy backcountry lines and was pleasantly surprised how well they held -- they will not be mistaken for a carving ski, but they held pretty well. This season, I've skied steeper and more narrow terrain than ever before and my confidence on this incredibly responsive ski is part of the reason. I use the Dynafit TLT Radical ST binding, the Dynafit Titan TF-X boot and the K2 trim-to-fit climbing skins.