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In or out of bounds, soft or hard snow—the Hardside doesn't care. It just slays.

Whether or not the skies dump fat flakes all over your hill, the K2 Hardside provides free-floating, hard-biting performance on both sides of the gate. As long as the snow is white, you're on the mountain charging your favorite lines. The Hardside's Metal TNC laminate helps solidify your role as ripper extraordinaire, and the rockered tip and wood core boast lightweight, floaty performance when the fluff comes or when you decide to forgo the cat track for a skin track.
  • A wood core made of aspen and paulownia yields lightweight turning and touring capability while staying solid and consistent over crud
  • Hybritech Sidewall, or sandwich construction, mixes the best of both worlds for strength and durability with an easy-turning feel
  • The All-Terrain rocker features 30% rocker in the tip for floating pow and surfing crud as well as 70% traditional camber for maximum edge hold in icy chutes and buffed bowls
  • Progressive Sidecut enables predictable turnability when you're skiing a variety of terrain amid a whole season's worth of conditions
  • The Metal TNC laminate enables increased stability, precise response, and control without weighing down the ski
  • Flat tail doesn't snag and 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

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hei jeg har kjørt mye på carving de siste 10 årene og jeg kan kalle meg en dyktig kjører...men jeg ønsket meg et par som dekker hele fjellet og det er noe hardside virkelig gjør,de krever mye av deg, men du får mye tilbake dersom du er en dyktig kjører.De flyter nydelig i preppet løype og er knall bra på våt og oppkjørt snø.I pudder sørger tipproceren for flott oppdrift men her trenger du fart for at skiene skal få ut sitt potensial.Med andre ord dette er ski for den dyktige ski kjører som har hele fjellet som sin leke plass!!!ps skiene blir bedre etter hvert som man lærer dem og kjenne!!


Would you recommend going with the K2...

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Would you recommend going with the K2 Hardside or K2 Coomback if I want to have an all-mountain ski that I will use 50% in resort and 50% in the backcountry? With either ski I plan to mount a Dynafit Radical ST and will use a Scarpa Maestrale or Garmont Radium boot. I ski mostly in the WA Cascades and tend to only ski at the resort/sidecountry on good fresh powder days and otherwise ski the backcountry. I am 6'-2", 175 lbs and ski agressively.

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My Hardsides are a year old but they are the best combination I have ever experienced for both sides of the hill. They carve like on rails on hardpack, float in pow even with a pack, and are nimble enough to squirt through trees all day long. They do it all and confidently. I have them mounted with ancient Silvretta 404's and am on Scarpa F3 protos and am incredibly happy with this setup. I am 5'10", weigh 180 and ski the Front Range in CO mostly. Go with the skins K2 makes if you are so inclined; they fit like a glove and are the easiest on/off I have ever used.

I am considering my first touring setup....

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I am considering my first touring setup. I want something I can use for touring but also enjoy on the groomers. This seems like it could be a good fit. What would be a good binding for this ski?

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If you want light weight and a solid torsional lock to the ski, go with Dynafit. Check out either the Radical ST of FT(higher DIN & burlier).

My old skis didn't have rocker. Do I go...

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My old skis didn't have rocker. Do I go longer or shorter in length getting a pair of skis with rocker?

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I am 5'10", 180 and am on 181 Hardsides. The chart at the store had me on shorter ones but these turn so easily even in tight trees the longer size works better for me.