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It shoots laser beams of radness.

An invisible force draws you to the K2 DarkSide Alpine Ski, making you feel helpless as a small child. Imposing as the Death Star and good-looking as Ewan McGregor, these big-mountain rocket launchers boast an incredible girth and specialize in making giant turns down near-vertical faces. K2 developed these skis for heli trips you'd sell your soul for and hard-earned turns in the backcountry steeps.
  • Shovel rocker makes this ski gallop through deep snow
  • Tip and tail holes let you attach K2 climbing skins without clipping them over the ski�s edges
  • Flat, notched tail design adds backcountry utility and ease of use with any type of climbing skin
  • Hybritech sidewall construction blends high performance underfoot sidewalls with forgiving cap construction at tip and tail
  • Aspen and Paulownia wood strips create a core as lively as a kid on Christmas morning
  • Triaxial braided fiberglass around the core amps up torsional rigidity without sacrificing the responsiveness of the wood core

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This ski wants to go FAST! Super fun, great pow ski. Rides and edges well on harder surfaces too, windbuff, hardpack. Made for getting up to speed in the deep. The slight sidecut is great, enough to help get the ski around when you want to turn and doesn't hook up and get squirrely when straight lining in wind buff. Rocker helps to initiate turns and keep the tips up when it's really deep. Not too heavy for touring. For free heelers, the Hammerhead Axl is a great match for these boards.

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Dave, how big are you and what size ski are you riding? I'm 5'11 160 lbs. I've been on the white 188 Megawatts with Axles for 2 seasons now and I really like the idea of a little wider ski that has a bit stiffer tip to drive through stuff more. I like the Megawatt in the 188 length great, I can manhandle it, but I'm worried that given K2's history of running long I won't be able to do the same with the 188 darkside. I am considering the older 2009/10 model fyi. if you or anyone else has the answer please chime in...

What bindings would work for the K2 Darkside?...

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What bindings would work for the K2 Darkside? I am 210LBS and an advanced skier.

Kashmir, India

Kashmir, India

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Richard Hallman photo

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Great picture! How's the darkside with your tele mount?

I am in powder country. Grand Targhee ...

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I am in powder country. Grand Targhee Ski Resort... Any way I have never skied powder. Groomer for 40 years.I am a intermidiate skier. I am 57 years old. 6 foot 205lbs I was told to buy the 174 K2 Darkside 156/128/144 .. I ski a 169 Atomic crismon nomad.. I have trouble turning on rented skies that are 180 pluss sizes in the powder with fat skies. is this ski ok ? your opinum please..

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Ronnie skis that have a rocker tip ski much shorter than a normal ski like the nomad. The k2 darkside 174 will ski closer to a 169 or 170. Pull the trigger and start skiing powder you have been missing it long enough.

Ronnie skis that have a rocker tip ski much shorter than a normal ski like the nomad.  The k2 darkside 174 will ski closer to a 169 or 170.  Pull the trigger and start skiing powder you have been missing it long enough.

I read that this ski skis short, is this...

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I read that this ski skis short, is this true? I am 6'2" 205 and telemark. I like skiing fast and want something that will bust through crud at high speeds with stability. Is the 181 the right size for me or should I go with the 188?

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The only time this ski will feel short is on hard snow. The rocker tip moves the forward contact point farther back, reducing the effective edge. However, K2 skis tend to run a few cm long. This ski will not feel short any time in the crud or powder. It will turn like a short ski, especially when in deep snow. Your tips will remain on the surface, making it easier to smear turns and redirect tips for extra quick, precise turns. At over 6', and 200lbs, you should definitely go with the 188. It will give you all the float you need, and bust all the chowder in sight. With rockered skis, you can size up a bit.

Where should I mount bindings on this ski...

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Where should I mount bindings on this ski for alpine touring?

What is this K2 climbing skin you speak...

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What is this K2 climbing skin you speak of? "Tip and tail holes let you attach K2 climbing skins without clipping them over the ski’s edges "

Is K2 making ski specific skins that attach via holes rather than the traditional tip loop / tail hook?

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Yes, K2 is now making climbing skins to fit their Backcountry line of skis. The only place I've been able to find them so far is at the Marmot retail store in Bellevue, WA. The front of the skin has a pin that fits specifically in the pre-cut hole on the Backcountry line of skis (remove the plug). The back of the skin has a bracket that also fits in the hole on the back of the ski. I priced a pair for my K2 Coombacks...$170. Ouch.