Just add snow and alpine, AT, or tele binders.

The debt every two-planker owes to Doug Coombs for pioneering steep backcountry skiing is beyond fathomable. The least you can do is strap on his K2 Coomback Ski and explore the mountains with the boundless enthusiasm he seeded into the sport. Built to burn the fire of skiing powder-caked peaks into your soul, this solid-wood, mid-fat board comes equipped with a progressive sidecut and rockered tip for confidence in any type of snow or terrain.

  • A wood core made of fir and aspen yields lightweight touring capability while remaining solid during long descents with constantly changing snow conditions
  • Cap construction provides easy turning and lighter weight for tight chutes, tree runs, and nimble backcountry pow turns
  • The All-Terrain rocker features 30% rocker in the tip for floating pow and surfing crud and 70% traditional camber for maximum edge hold in icy chutes and couloirs
  • Added carbon web (for 2011-12) is laminated over tail and forebody to add more rigidity without much weight, which means you get a more stable ride during speedy descents
  • Flat tail permits quick plunges into snow for creating snow anchors during ski mountaineering or emergencies
  • Pairs with pre-cut skins (sold separately) that fit easily with the tip and tail skin attachment system
  • SnoPhobic topsheet repels the build-up of snow and can be waxed to increase repellency like a ski's base
  • The purchase of this ski contributes to Doug's family as well as to the American Mountain Guide Association's Chad Vanderham Endowment for improving guide education and safety

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I borrowed a pr of Coomba's and enjoyed...

I borrowed a pr of Coomba's and enjoyed the day that included Cascade off piste and groomers at Crystal Mtn, but I'm concerned about the 102 mm on a regular basis (60%). Wondering what others think and whether I might be smart to "skinny down" (94mm) underfoot for 60%+ of groomer skiing..

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I have this ski and can you my thoughts - the Coomback performs just fine on groomers but won't give you that locked-into-a-turn carve that you get on a skinny ski to the same degree. If you have a chance to check out the Hardside (98mm waist), it will carve a bit better due to the metal layers that significantly stiffen the ski. I think the Hardside skis better everywhere, but it is heavy for touring. The WayBack is an 88mm waist but the rockered tip should float you fine in the Pacific NW, so that is another option.

I would like to know if the Coomback has...

I would like to know if the Coomback has a little more stiffness in it compared to my three year old K2 Coomba. I love my Coomba but sometimes wish it was a little beefier. It can be a bit 'floppy' in conditions other than powder. I ski a 167 Coomba (5'7", 145 lbs) and also would like to know what size Coomback that would put me in?

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If you could find a 177 coomback It would be stiffer.

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Dont you mean a 174? do you need to size up in this ski becasue of the rocker? it doesn't appear to have significant rocker. thanks for getting back to me1

Should I go with 181 or 188 Coombacks? I...

Should I go with 181 or 188 Coombacks? I am 6'-2" and 175 lbs. and I ski agressively mostly in WA Cascades. I plan to use the Coomback as an all-mountain setup for 50% resort / 50% backcountry. Tend to only ski at the resort/sidecountry on good fresh powder days and otherwise ski backcountry. I currently ski a 185 Atomic Snoop Daddy ski with traditional camber and have never felt like I wanted this ski to be longer, but at times have thought it would be nice to have a shorter ski when skiing tight trees and constrictions in the backcountry. Any thoughts/input is appreciated.

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Try a 188, with the 181's you may feel them over-flexing under your foot.

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Hey Drew, Wondering which size you got and how you liked it. I am just a tad heavier than you ~ 181-184 lbs and would use this primarily as a single-ski quiver backcountry rig in the PNW. Any recommendations based on what you ended up doing?

Would Dynafit Radicals be a good choice...

Would Dynafit Radicals be a good choice on these? I'm 6'1 185, decent skier. I mainly tour (one or 2 days at a time) in the Berner Oberland, Valais, and some lift access tours like in La Grave. I was thinking about the Scarpa Maestrales to go with them.

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That would be a killer setup. Before you dive in on the boots, try on a few pairs to see which brand fits your feet best out of the box. It will save you a lot of foot pain down the skin track, especially after you heat mold them.

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From a 40 year old skier......These are the Viagra of telemarking....they just keep you going!

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Same for a 50 year old! These have me dropping a knee
on terrain I use to avoid!

Witch bindings would be Best fore walking...

Witch bindings would be Best fore walking up to 3 hours with normal alpine boots(nordica doppermann 130)

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No binding is going to make walking for three hours in those boots comfortable.

That said, the only AT binding that will really match up to your boots is the Marker Duke.

Looking for the "One Ski Quiver" board...

Looking for the "One Ski Quiver" board "(know this may not exist but can't afford a quiver when skiing with Dynafit) and looking at the Coomback and the Sidestash. I ski 95% Colorado Front Range BC. What would you recommend? I am 5'4" 155 and have Dynafit Radicals with Maestrale Boots.

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I recomend the side stash (see my answer on that item page.)

I pulled the Dynafit toepiece out of my...

I pulled the Dynafit toepiece out of my Coombas. I've been told that has happened to quite a few other people. Anyone else had that happen? I really liked skiing the ski and would get the Coombacks but since I still have the bindings, I would look for skis with a more substantial top sheet/core to screw into..Any similar experiences? advice? Please reply Thanks

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I pulled the dynafit toepiece out of both skis in separate instances (I was not skiing in tour mode in either case). I was told the holes were over drilled and just slightly too large when originally mounted. In my case, I was able to have both skis fixed and they work great, no problems.

Hi, looking for a good all mountain ski...

Hi, looking for a good all mountain ski for my 15 yr old son, 6'2" 160 pounds. Good, comfortable black, some double blacks skier, mostly resort with some side country. skis trees, crud, powder, groomers just to get back to the lift. I liked the Coomba because it's light but supposed to be torsionally stiff, with tip rocker, and good dimensions - 100-110 waist seems good. He demo'd last years Mantra, S7, and Atomic Access. He said he would like a ski in between the Mantra and the Access. I thought the Coomback fit that.

Any other suggestions for skis. And for the Coomback, what size? I was thinking 181 but he might like the quicker 174?

5'10" 175-180 in my skivies, looking to...

5'10" 175-180 in my skivies, looking to mainly do bc with these for a year in WA, then for a few in ID/UT, coming from a snowboarding(7 years prior to tele)/tele backgrouond (past 3 years), haven't had my heel locked in a ski for 10 years, 181 the right length? i know it will be great in powder but how will the coomback handle the spring/summer corn we have in WA?

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Get the 181 for your weight and height. I have the ski in 181 and we are almost the same build - works well on softer inbounds days and is a great bc ski. I have had it in the bc of Jackson, Utah and CO.

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thanks for the advice. i guess sometimes i worry if 181 will be too much ski for me because apparently it will be more like a 185. ever used this ski to harvest corn?

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The 181 will ski like a shorter ski, not a longer ski. This ski does great in the corn as well as the powder.

I am between the K2 Coomback and the Surface...

I am between the K2 Coomback and the Surface Walk Free. I am an expert east coast skier / former racer but I am not as well versed in powder skis. I would like a stiffer more responsive ski and I usually prefer tight powder skiing aka glades or chutes so I will be getting a slightly shorter ski. Any help deciding would be appreciated

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You might like th salomon shogun. The coomback isn't very stiff. A god responsive east coast ski is also the sentinal.

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Last season I bought these on sale at 188cm for a touring set up. I mounted them with Plum Guide tech bindings and my boot is a TLT5 Mountain. My first choice was not to get the ski in such a long length due to the extra weight, etc. but being a tall guy with a strong skiing background, I figured I could handle it both on the up and on the descent. And I have.

I'm pretty happy with my purchase. I've been riding these skis hard and they're solid. I should emphasize that when I say ride, I imply that I charge. I ski fast, steep and challenging terrain, these held up everything fantastically. They have enough width at the waist to take on BC powder dumps while not being too big or soft to handle crusty spring conditions. I can initiate quick, confident turns in narrow couloirs or exposed lines where a fall can't happen. If you put in most of your days in the spring then you might want a narrower ski designed for the hard stuff but when you're looking for an all around ski that can let you enjoy those deep days then look no further. K2 have been making skis for a long time and the construction is bomber, the bases are resilient, the edges are solid and although the top sheets are quick to get a nick, it's merely cosmetic.

This may not be the lightest ski of it's kind but what you get is a ski with a great flex pattern, rocker, flat tail, that can take abuse and ultimately, allow you to enjoy the descent.

Feel free to ask questions.

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Hi Sam,

what about the boots you used? Are the TLT5 Mountain from Dynafit not too light to manouveur such skis ?

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The boots so far have done a surprisingly awesome job. If you're a heavy guy you might flex through the boot but even when I'm skiing with 30lb pack I haven't had too much trouble. When it comes to conditions like breakable crust a stronger boot could be appreciated but those are difficult conditions no matter what.

Here I am pushing the Coombacks

Based on what Richard has said where would...

Based on what Richard has said where would you use the Coomback over the Sidestash?

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The Coomback has a softer tip and no metal. It would be a better ski in softer and/or fresher snow.

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The coomback is lighter weight, that being the only real advantage over the sidestash. The sidestash has metal but also has more rocker so the hardpack performace is fairly even between the two. The coomback is more for long ski tours, ski mountaineering and basically for the place the sidestash cannot easily get to. If you are skiing at a resort or just doing shorter tours, the way to go is unquestionably the sidestash.

Im trying to decide between the Coomback...

Im trying to decide between the Coomback and Sidestash. I like the 102 waist of the coomback but im on the fence about the full cap construction. I want a ski that I can take into the back or side country but still charge on the resort if conditions are not the best.

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I would definitely get the sidestash based on what you're saying. It is a stiffer ski throughout because of the metal laminate in it. The coomback has a softer, flexier tip. If you're skiing it in the resort, you're not going to enjoy it when charging or on run outs. The sidestash is a great dual purpose ski, light enough for the bc, stiff enough for the resort. Based on what you're saying, the sidestash is what you want.