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Do everything and do it well on the K2 BackLash Ski, especially if your definition of everything excludes anything within the resort ropes. This is the silver bullet for any AT or tele skier's bane: those super light backcountry skis that wimp out when the fluff turns funky. With a hint of metal, a touch of rocker, and a sweet progressive sidecut, the 92mm-waisted BackLash puts the hurt on all conditions without weighing down your climb.

  • Aspen/paulownia/bamboo core for wicked lightness
  • All-Terrain Rocker for stability and maneuverability
  • Metal laminate cap construction to bust up apron debris
  • Snowphobic topsheet to shed weight on the way up
  • Removable tip and tail rivets accept K2 custom pre-cut skins (sold separately)
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Good in powder. Bad on ice and groomers.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I skied this ski in Japan. Great for powder and tree skiing, I was able to float and do quick turns on this this. However... Going down groomed runs this ski was bad, really bad. I found that the tips of the ski were bouncing up and down, i didn't feel in control. This ski was great in powder but I wouldn't recommend it for groomed runs.

Best. One. Quiver. Ski. Ever. Period.

    If you can only own one pair of skis, these are them. I've had mine about 2 months now and have skied everything from man-made icy stuff to moguls to deep dry powder. These skis excel everywhere, in all conditions. Haven't had them in the backcountry yet, but I see no reason they wouldn't excel there as well. Could probably sell my Waybacks now. My only very minor complaint is that the tips oscillate up and down on the groomers, it looks funny but dosen't affect control. I got used to it. Also, when you hot wax them be sure and keep the iron moving fast out on the rocker, as it is thin in that area and scorches easily. Oh, and you will need to wax these skis before taking them out the first time- not used to that.

    Versatile and Fun

      I got this ski as more of a spring ski mountaineering board that would be ready for all the conditions I might find on a typical 5,000' elevation change big mountain ski day. Frozen, breakable, chalky, recycled powder and end of the day slop after some corn are what I expect, and I must say that these skis deliver in all of these conditions. Add to the package the snowphobic top sheet, tip and tail holes, flat tails, and you have one of the best one quiver skis around...so much so that I find I used it more than I thought I would!

      The BackLash is labeled as a Telemark ski,...

      The BackLash is labeled as a Telemark ski, but would it work for alpine down hill turns if I mount it with a dynafit or fritschi set-up? Is there something about the construction that is for tele specifically?

      This ski would work fine with an AT binding like Dynafit or Fritschi. The construction of modern telemark skis is very similar to AT or alpine skis. Modern telemark skis are typically marketed as AT skis as well. Traditionally, telemark skis have had a softer flex, but with modern bindings and boots some telemark skis actually have a stiffer flex than AT or alpine skis. Telemark specific skis will typically be lighter than an alpine ski and may not perform as well on hard packed groomers or in crud. Additionally, telemark skis may have reinforcement in the binding area to deal with the extra forces and torques. I don't have any experience with this particular ski, but it sounds like it has fairly good stiffness due to the metal cap and performs adequately in all conditions. Check out some reviews and decide if it sounds like this ski fits your style, but don't fret about the telemark designation. If possible, always try before you buy.

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      i have a pair of k2 work stinks 174 with...

      i have a pair of k2 work stinks 174 with a 15m radius i would like to find another ski with the same radius thats a little wider under foot any ideas?

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      Replacing a pair of Hippy Stinx that are...

      Replacing a pair of Hippy Stinx that are just old.................I love the Hippis and am looking for the latest K2 that will do everything thse have done so well for 5 saesons...................?????

      I've been skiing the work stinx 174cm for...

      I've been skiing the work stinx 174cm for a few years (and love 'em). With the new early rise tip, should i consider going up a size or staying with the 174?

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      I have last years Backlash set up with...

      I have last years Backlash set up with Dynafits and they work great! I was on a pair of Rossi B3s which carved on the the hardpack but were not great at shorter radius turns. The Backlash does any radius of turn with ease. The Backlash works in bounds and out, but is somewhat better out of bounds.

      I have last years  Backlash set up with...

      I am an east coast intermediate skier...

      I am an east coast intermediate skier trying to decide between the BD havoc and K2 backlash. I have the G3 baron in a 177 and find it is too big and hard to turn. I ski both back country and the slopes, but are more concerned about backcountry performance. Any thoughts?

      My personal opinion is to go with the BackLash. For one it has All-terrain Rocker. Which will allow you to rise up on top of the snow. And it will allow you to trek up a mountain with ease. They are also lighter than the Havocs. And if you ever decided to take a trip out west. You're going to definitely prefer the larger dimensions. The only draw backs are going to be with size comes less quickness from edge to edge. And they may be a tad bit harder to muscle a turn. But in the long run. You will learn to appreciate the larger dimensions. Plus. . . with a ski like the backlash you'll go from intermediate to advanced in no time.

      Go with the K2 Backlash. I have a pair of BD Havocs in a 185cm length. The Havocs are a VERY demanding ski that I would not recommend for anyone less than an expert skier. They seem to be more of a big mountain ski, IMHO...

      When a ski is too big and hard to turn your next ski should have one or more of these qualities:
      1. Shorter length - a shorter ski is a lot easier to manage especially for developing skiers and when you are making short turns.
      2. Softer flex - a softer ski takes a lot less effort and speed to bend making it easier to carve a nice turn.
      3. More sidecut - a ski with more sidecut will naturally want to turn with greater ease than another ski that is more straight.

      Does anyone know if K2 make skins specifically...

      Does anyone know if K2 make skins specifically for the Backlash?