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Whether your sights are set on long tours in the backcountry or pow-hunting in-bounds, the early-rise tip, 128-millimeter-waisted K2 DarkSide Ski is game. The Darkside's flat tail offers stability for out-of-bounds traverses and high-speed exits and is convenient for pit digging, plus K2 included a notch in the tail so your skins stay put all skin-track long.

  • Early-rise tips, or K2's Powder Rocker, make for effortless skiing in the deeps—the rockered tips rise above the pow immediately so you don't have to lean back to float
  • Torsion box construction creates a solid underfoot sidewall while reducing weight in the tips and tails for nimbleness in the deeps
  • Aspen and paulownia core creates an optimal combination of stability and weight savings—great for transitioning between out-of-bounds and in-bounds skiing
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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The ski was great when it was a ski.

After 2 seasons one of my bindings ripped out. It looks like the ski delaminated around the binding and the wood had voids so it wasn't any wonder that the screws didn't hold. I will try to repair the delam with epoxy but I would not buy k2 again.

on a side note, I have an older pair of k2 skis (6+ seasons) that I have been extra rough with and they continue to hold up

awesome skis!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these skis are amazing. they make great condidtions even more fun! ski any terrain no problems tight trees or wide open it's all good. i have them mounted with 22 designs axl bindings which are great. just don't get the k2 skins they suck

Super-fun ski !!!

    I have only used these skis 6 days so far but have found that they perform wonderfully in a variety of conditions. From groomers at Heavenly to 1-2 feet of powder at Kirkwood, the Darksides rip everything in their path with ease. The camber region underfoot and to the tail allows you to edge up really well on firm snow while the rockered region from the front of the binding to the tip provides great flotation in powder. My best day on them so far has been at Kirkwood a couple of days ago in which I encountered some great wind-buffed powder, fresh powder, and firm (almost icy) snow. These things are very stable and allow you to float through soft and choppy snow but also edge with enough control to keep you where you want to be at precisely the right moments on firm snow. Surprisingly light for their size as well which make small airs fun and easy to land with their stability.

    Super-fun ski !!!

    These Skis are the Best

      I've skied these puppies in the Wasatch and Tetons: incredibly nimble in powder with GREAT floatation. The rocker makes them incredibly maneuverable and they ski much shorter than their measurements suggest. Just coming off a BC trip off the Teton Pass, I have to say they are the most fun ski I've ever skied!

      Love 'em

        Just love these skis. I am 240lbs , 6'3", age 55, and ski the 188. I am just astounded at how easy these boards ski....the agility due to the early rise rocker (just forward of binding). You can throw these things sideways with little effort whle floating the deepest pow. These skis have improved my deep snow skiing 300% (is that possible?) Do not fear going long with these boards as they ski short! I haven't skied all the options out there but I have to say these skis are the best powder boards I have ever been on!