Takes on alpine, tele, or AT binders and the steepest of the steep.
The steeper and more technical the terrain, the happier the K2 Coomback. After all, it was named after legendary mountaineer and extreme ski pioneer Doug Coombs. The Coomback is solid and reliable in steep terrain, it powers through choppy conditions at speed, and it floats through the deepest of days. Seasoned veterans can use this as their go-to tool for exploring exposed chutes and no-fall first descents, and not-so-seasoned shredders can point this rockered mid-fat everywhere from the trees below the tram to skin-accessed pillow lines. Let's face it, the Coomback is infused with the versatile capabilities of its legendary namesake, and that sounds pretty good to us.
- All-Terrain Rocker tip gives this ski a 30/70 rocker-to-camber balance in order to ease edge transition, lift the tip above soft and choppy snow, and aid overall ski maneuverability
- Rockered Powder Tip eliminates the need for increased surface area in the tip so you get more flotation with less of a chance of snagging a tip in deep snow
- Camber along the rest of the ski provides precise and steadfast power and edge hold on hard, groomed surfaces
- Fir, maple, and aspen wood stringers are combined to create a single core that's lightweight, highly durable, and lively underfoot
- Triaxial Braided core consists of a wood core with fiberglass braided around it in order to increase torsional strength while maintaining the lively flex of the wood core
- Cap Construction creates a durable and lightweight ski by molding a laminate and top layer over the core of the ski
- 102mm waist width helps this ski float on deep days and provides a stable platform for surviving hard landings, and it's not so wide as to sacrifice edge-to-edge maneuverability
- Carbon Web technology increases torsional rigidity at the tip and tail of the ski by laying strips of carbon over the core material in a web-like pattern
- Increased torsional rigidity keeps the ski from twisting like the ends of a candy wrapper when turning force is applied, which means edge hold is increased, particularly at high speeds and on chattery hardpack
- Snow-repellent SnoPhobic topsheet uses a hydrophobic wax coating that keeps heavy snow from building up on top of your ski while you're skinning or touring
- Flat tail allows for easier attachment of a climbing skin and provides utility by allowing you to plunge the tail into the snow to form an anchor with your ski
- Screw out the Tip and Tail hardware rivets and attach a K2 climbing skin to the ski using the integrated attachments that eliminate the ever-clumsy tip clip
- K2 Donates a percentage of all Coomback ski sales to Doug Coombs' family, and another portion of the proceeds will fund the American Mountain Guide Association's Chad Vanderham Endowment, which is focused on improving guide education and safety
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Are there any women out there who ski...
Are there any women out there who ski these? How are they different than the Gotbacks other than the core material?
Good for hardpack and groomed
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After my thrid day on these skis I have come to the conclusion that they are just not for me. They have some good qualities such as being lightweight and good at holding an edge on hardpack or ice but they're just not that fun to ski. In chopped up soft snow they just get lost and tangled up whereas a wider ski would just mash right over that type of surface and rip. They just make too much contact with the snow and I feel like they're always on the ground with their tips down and not quick to pop around at all. Plus their lack of side cut makes them hard to make quick turns. It's interesting to me that this is considered a backcountry ski because I thought the whole point of going out into the backcountry was to find untracked powder which is not what these would be good for. So, I think they'd make a good groomer ski but they just don't jive with the way I like to ski or the type of terrain and snow I like to ski.
Would appreciate thoughts on the K2 Coomback...
Would appreciate thoughts on the K2 Coomback vs. K2 Hardside utilizing a tele set up. Mostly resort and side country use. Thanks, RA
Coomba (no tip rocker like Coomback)- Jack of all trades, does anything you want it to and is totally compliant. Floats, carves, skids, short or long turns. Relatively light, easy to swing around. Drawbacks are it doesn't have much camber therefore not much life to it and it gets knocked around in set-up junk due to the slighter construction. If you put energy into it you don't get much back but they'll also never kick your ass. Still, a great ski.
Hardside- Like the Coomba but more. More camber, more weight, slightly more sidecut, and metal. This results in more stiffness both torsionally and longitudinally and it's little more carvy versus the looser tail feel of the Coomba. I didn't get them in soft snow so I don't know how they float but suppose you'd lose a little bit of floatation but you do gain a lot more crud busting and charging ability. An overlooked but good ski.
Hello, what is the weight of the 181cm ...
Hello, what is the weight of the 181cm Coomback? Thanks. Marcus
Have these changed from last year other...
Have these changed from last year other than topsheet?
Nope - this is the same ski.
has anyone skied these in the east on the...
has anyone skied these in the east on the ice? sounds like a great ski but not sure it will hold up on the hard pack because of the cap construction
Can these skis accept the Dynafit TLT...
Can these skis accept the Dynafit TLT Radical FT bindings, or would they need new holes drilled?
Hi Felix - these skis ship flat - no holes at all. So yes, they will need to be drilled for Dynafits or any other binding. I've used this very ski with a Dynafit binding for the last three seasons and I love it - very good blend of lightweight and versatile - you'll be happy regardless of the conditions. Good luck!
Send it Doug!!!
Skied all the K2s in the upper 170s but am unsure as to exact lengths. Skied the K2 line in the same vein that I skied the BD line, as I would as an end user in the backcountry. The Coomback was the best ski in the pack for hard snow performance and did very well in the soft stuff as well but I could see where a bit more width would help on deeper days (see the Backdrop writeup). They didn?t suffer much from deflection and I felt they were the right weight to eat up a lot of the variable stuff we were running into later in the test day. Felt very similar in construction to the BD Justice with similar flex so for me they skied very similarly. I?m not a huge fan of their skin system and they confirmed that its not a rebrand or anything like that, they are just making them (so its not like Coltex making Dynafit skins etc.) I could see the tip hole being useful for a rescue sled.
Will you be stocking the 181cm's?
Will you be stocking the 181cm's?
Yes. We are actually expecting them to be in any day now.