The ski from the right side and the wrong side of the tracks
- Wood Core and Cap Construction for light weight
- Metal Laminate Cap for a smooth, damp ride
- 19m Sidecut Radius offers the versatility to excel in short and long turns
- Flat Topsheet compatible with telemark or AT bindings
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Light and Strong
I ski in the PNW. The K2 Coomba 181 cm has been my favorite ski for soft snow for the past three years. The Backlash has similar side cut but smaller dimensions, the same slightly rockered soft tip plus two sheets of metal for a stffer overall flex, but retains the light, easy to throw around weight like the Coomba. I tried them on a sunny March day that began with hard, refrozen groomers and moguls. They carved and smeared turns very well, and were easy to ski through some nasty bumps. They also held a confident edge off piste on frozen, crusted steeps. Later in the afternoon snow warmed to creamed corn and mashed potatoes and on higher, north facing slopes, I found 3-4 inches of light powder under a breakable crust. These skis were easy to maneuver through these conditions but damp for their weight. The tips got up easily over the crud and provided Coomba style float in the powder stashes I found. The Backlash IS the Coomba's tough little brother. They will give up some flotation in deeper pow compared with the Coomba but seem more versatile when faced with firm snow conditions. For my tastes this ski seems very versatile for on and off piste resort skiing and probably more than adequate for average powder days, as well as it is intended for ski mountaineering with it's flat tail and set up for skins. Compared to some other skis I demo'd this season; Salomon Shogun, Line Prophet 100, K2 Kung Fujas and the new Volkl Gotama, I was most impressed with the Backlash, it was the most fun to ski, light and strong.
OK, so I'm getting my first AT setup and...
OK, so I'm getting my first AT setup and ski mostly in Australia/NZ so some good powder days but a lot of varaible snow/crud/ice. Looking for a good side country ski, with a few trips further afield and occasional inbounds use.....i.e. I want to do it all with a one ski quiver. Has anybody tried the backlash? How does it compare with the Wayback and the BD Guru/Kilowatt?
I live in the New England and LLOOVVEE these skis! They handle very well in all conditions and can turn on a dime!
Sweet Ski, not to skinny, not to fat.
These things are amazing. I got a chance to demo them last year in Smithers BC, and they were a sweet ski to ride all around. They felt great in the powder and would hold at high speed on the groomer and in the crud. They are not to heavy and an awesome ski if you like to piddle around in the trees. For being a fairly skinny ski compards to the powder skis out now, it holds its own very well and floats with ease. These things are good if you want to play on the groomers all day, or go for a tour with your buddies for a weekend.