A ski for pioneering that commemorates a pioneer.
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. His memory lives on in this second graphic in a series of three that portrays Doug's days pioneering the Chugach Mountains. The Coomback is solid and reliable in steep terrain, it powers through choppy conditions at speed, and it floats through the deepest of days. Yup, it does it all, from playing the part of a ski for exploring the unexplored or taking first descents to being a go-to rockered mid-fat ski for lift-assisted laps.
The Coomback is infused with the versatile capabilities of its legendary namesake, like the All-Terrain Rocker tip, which 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. The Coomback is lightweight, highly durable, and lively underfoot, because it's constructed with fir, maple, and aspen wood stringers with fiberglass braided (Triaxial Braided) around it to increase torsional strength and a lively flex. If you're bombing it in the backcountry, you need a long-lasting ski; Cap Construction creates a durable and lightweight ski by molding a laminate and top layer over the core of the ski. 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. The 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.
- Camber underfoot with elevated (rocker) tip
- Triaxial braid, cap construction
- Fir/aspen/maple core
- 102mm waist
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I demoed skis in 2011-12 season with the intent of finding my one quiver for both in-bounds and back country. The Coomback was the last I tried but the love came quickly. I purchased in spring of 2012 and skied them more than 30+ days over 2012-13 season.
There are better floating powder skis for deep, deep days. Better carvers for the groomers or ice. And skis that have more pop and play. But as an all around, get it done, solidly built do everything on-off piste, mountaineering, free-ride, get me through the crud - the Coomback is a fine quiver of one. It drives solid, strong lines in the deeps and holds hard pack well. If you're a poppy powder skier - look elsewhere.
My Coombacks teamed with a Marker Baron and Dynafit Titans make for a heavy tour, but incredibly solid down hill and side-country set up.
At 6'3", 185', I choose the 181 which took more effort to turn in the trees or in tight spots with the limited side cut (and on long resort days sometimes wish I'd gone shorter). But if you crave hard charging, open, Big Mountain lines - the Coomback will Bomb 'em.
Amazing ski for all conditions!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've skied many different skis in this category, and I always find myself coming back to my Coombacks. They are a fantastic ski! From groomers, to crud, to powder, this ski handles it all well and gives me the confidence to push myself. I think this ski's width is perfect in all sorts of conditions. It floats well on powder days but still isn't too wide to not carve good turns on crud or hardpack. It is by far my favorite ski and I have skied many different skis. If you are looking for an all mountain ski that excels in the side and backcountry, pick these up. You wont be disappointed!
I am 5 ' 5" male with a long torso that...
I am 5 ' 5" male with a long torso that currently skis k2 phat luv 160 cm (135-102-121 I ski the woods and love a light quick ski. First of all what size should I buy and secondly what is the difference between coomback and gotback
I would go with the 167 in this ski if you plan to ski in the trees a bunch since it will turn quicker than the longer lengths. The longer the ski the better it will be for going fast in open bowls or through crud. The gotback ski is the same design but is designed for women so it uses a softer core. Other than that they are basically the same ski. They do offer the gotback in shorter sizes and this helps to make the turn radius on the shorter sizes smaller so the ski gets into a turn quicker than the longer lengths.
K2 Coomback Ski
I'm a female intermediate to expert tele...
I'm a female intermediate to expert tele skier, last season I was on a BD verdict 170 however..I wasn't impressed with the responsiveness and maneuverability of them. I'm 5'10" 150 should I go with the 167 or the 174? I also love to bomb the front side of the mountain, love moguls, and go backcountry as much as possible :) suggestions?
Great name by the way! I always prefer to go with the longer option for skis. I love backcountry and like to ski fast whatever snow condition I am on.
Don't be intimidated by the longer skis, it may just take a few turns to get used to the added length!
Pray for Snow!
Similar to question below, does the 174...
Similar to question below, does the 174 at 102 provide sufficient surface area that I should size down if on a 174 at 88 (wayback) now for similar performance - all things relative? (I'm 5'10"/165).
Hi - I'm considering this ski along with...
Hi - I'm considering this ski along with the Dynafit TLT Radical ST (100mm brake). The Coomback is 102. Just wondering if you recommend going larger on the brake or if you think most ski shops would be able to make this work? Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer.
The 100mm brakes will work just fine as its just 1mm on each side they have to bend. The next step up is 110 which will give you more overhang than you want. The Coomback+Radical is a great combo and you will love it.
I'm trying to decide between 174cm and...
I'm trying to decide between 174cm and 181cm in this ski. I'm 5'11, 185lbs and solid intermediate tele skier. Thoughts?
Thats a hard thing for us to decide for you but I can try to help. At 5' 11" 181 is probably getting pretty close to your max ski length that I would recommend, especially with these skis. That rockered tip should allow you to cut a few cm's off your sticks and still get that smooth powder ride. Now if you are a guy who just loves speed get that extra stability out of the 181's but otherwise keep with the maneuverability of the 174's. Hope that helps.