A pro-model, big mountain ski designed by Sean Pettit—it's like the brush of a master painter.
The K2 Pettitor Ski preys on big-mountain lines, powder, and any opportunity to go airborne. This is the stiffest ski in K2's Factory Team series, and it was made that way by K2 team skier Sean Pettit. Because this is Mr. Pettit's pro-model ski, he called the shots when it came to design and shape. Sean moved the rocker contact points closer together to create maneuverability and reduce swing weight, and he balanced the playfulness of tip and tail rocker with the control of traditional camber underfoot. The Pettitor will reward your breakneck straight lines and too-burly airs by delivering you back to the tram deck safely—it might look evil, but it really has a heart of powdery gold.
- Rockered tip and tail (K2's Powder Rocker) floats above the light and white, gives the ski a surfy feel, and won't hook or catch when you're maching down the piste or park
- Aspen and fir wood core creates a balanced harmony of stiffness, consistent flex, and powerful rebound
- Twin Tech construction rolls the topsheet material into the 90-degree sidewall, which reduces the angle that is prone to damage so you get increased durability combined with the edging power and hold of sidewall construction
- 120mm waist width means ultimate flotation on deep days, it creates a wide platform for surviving previously insurmountable landings, and it's not so fat that it sacrifices vital edge-to-edge maneuverability
- Bi-Directional sidecut taper uses a tip that's just slightly wider than the tail so you can carve deep, precise forward turns and achieve similar turns when you're skiing switch
- 3.5mm Steel edges can take bigger hits without blowing out, and more metal means a longer tuning life
- 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
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Any say on how these ski on hard pack and...
Any say on how these ski on hard pack and crud?
As long as it's not sheer ice they're actually pretty awesome. Getting back to the chair you can actually put them on edge not feel like your legs are gonna fly off. And they just plow through the crud if you didn't know you were skiing crud you wouldn't know it.
I use them in any conditions and absolutely love them. They'll charge just about anything and still make for an awesome park ski. They are a soft ski like all K2s, but If you prefer a ski that's a little more forgiving, they're awesome. They may get a little bit of chatter at speed, but it's manageable if you know how to ski it.
I bought them last season, and I love them...I ski both east and west coast, and they do great in pow and hardpack.
Pettitors in Action! Grizzly Gulch, UT
Amazing soft ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Absolutely an amazing ski. Skis great in the powder, easy to maneuver in tree (even in the 189), not too much swing weight on tricks. The ski is very soft and makes it very playful. Does well for hard charging big mountain skiing considering how soft it is, but isn't ideal. A ski you can also ski in the park on a down day. An amazing ski. Get it.
I am 6'4" 220 pounds (19 years old) I am...
I am 6'4" 220 pounds (19 years old) I am currently skiing on the Brad Holmes 187 Elan Pogo sticks. I have had them for about 4 years now and its time for new skis. I loved these skis but I feel like as a grew the ski was a little bit small for me. I want to know if the 189 pettitors are big enough for me. I do the majority of my skiing at snowbird and want a ski that can make quick turns in the trees and perform on big lines. This a good ski for me or should I look into a bigger ski like the Armada AK JJ? I am a little bias toward K2's skied public enemies back in the day and loved them. Would love and appreciate some expertise.
Your baseline is 180 - 190 cm for your height. These skis are 120 underfoot, so the sidecut sounds like what you are looking for, however they feature a powder rocker, so you want to add a bit to the length. I would probably recommend looking at something a little longer if you are looking for a rockered ski. I imagine that may not be too easy since you are at the taller end of the spectrum.The AK JJ that is on sale here on backcountry at 195cm is probably a better choice. That ski should shred pretty well through the glades.
Anyone try these with a Tele Binding? I...
Anyone try these with a Tele Binding? I have Scarpa T1s and Fujas now. Thinking a pair of these for my deeper resort days.
I'm also toying with the idea of using this as my resort based soft snow jib ski. Id be mounting this with Vices and powering them with the T Race. Due to the more gradual rocker profile, and decent amount of camber, i think they'd make a solid do everything tele ski
Did you end up trying this? I'm thinking of doing the same thing. I currently have these skis in an alpine setup, and I've noticed that the camber is really stiff. My number one concern is that I won't be able to decamber the ski in a tele turn. I'm a pretty small guy (5'9'' 145lbs) and I ride the 189cm.
NOT overly impressed
Skied these for my first 3 days in Japan this winter (while waiting for my skis to arrive: I brought Moment Donner Party's and AK JJ's).. I am not a K2 Fanboy but these were the nicest demo's i could round up while waiting on my luggage.. I had a pair of HellBent's a few years back that I sold in a hurry but wish I had held on to because they are super fatty and fun!
I skied the 189's in a variety of conditions, one day was dust on crusty (but no matter what there were plenty of soft powder pockets every day). Definitely ideal testing conditions for these skis as you could find hard wind pack on the peak to chest deep powder in the trees.
These feel pretty chargey, are easy to get used to and have some nice early taper on the tips.. I still felt that they had the classic dead k2 feel, not very poppy or fun feeling, they are just there. The pettitors will truck through choppy or tracked out snow well, and feel pretty stable at speed. They feel better at moderate to fast speeds, but will make tight turns through the trees if forced. They very hyped in magazines and this translates to alot of attention on the lifts.
Bottom line, the skis did not excel at anything. They felt okay doing most everything, but never really shined, even when the Japaneese sun shone on deep powder fields.
They ski closer to size than most k2 skis, (the 189's felt like a true 189 even with rocker.. FYI i'm 5'6 150ish and the 189s were definitely good for japan conditions), so excessive upsizing is not necessary. They don't have amazing autopilot float like some softer rocker'd skis do, I'd say u need to pay attention and be at least semi-aggressive on these. All in all a decent ski, but in this category you should definitely look at BentChetler's or jj's, both are a better skis in my opinion. Also check out the Soul 7's as another great alternative, the Rossi's make both fast big mountain and razor sharp tight tree turns with ease.. They actually ski as well as the pettitor's hype
Hey I'm 6'0" but only 130 lbs I'm 15 years...
Hey I'm 6'0" but only 130 lbs I'm 15 years old and my din is a 6 I believe what bindings would you recommend and what lenth I ski pretty hard on everything except moguls? I am also considering the armada jj or line mr pollards out of those which is the best?
Salomon STH 12 would be a great binding. My din is 7.5 and I have ejected many times with no problems. Im 5'9" and 179 would be my choice. It depends on what you ski, if you ski trees and tight lines then 179 but if you want a more stable ski you could pull off the 189. Also take into consideration that with the large amount of rocker, the ski will ski shorter than a traditional cambered 189. I have demoed the 185 jjs and they were a little hard to ski trees but they are really good for opening up. A great resort ski as the tip and tail are tapered so while you ski it feels like a shorter ski but when you get into pow they give full support and floatation. With a 14m turning radius, they can really hook up on groomers once the pow is tracked out. Overall they are both great skis.
I would go 179 if you go with the pettitor. It just depends what your style of skiing is. The JJ is a super fun playful ski that I would really consider if I were you. The 185 would be a perfect size for you. I'm not sure what Jeff is talking about because the JJ dominates the trees. It is a mega charger in the trees. Super pivoty and super fun to go hard on. The Opus is also a ton of fun and in my opinion handles the hard pack better than any of the others. You can't go wrong with the JJs, get them and you won't regret it! They have a huge cult following for a reason. As far as bindings go, the Marker Griffons would be fine or the Jesters if you want something for big hits.
Right now my only ski is the Kung Fujas...
Right now my only ski is the Kung Fujas and I love them, but I'm looking for a ski for the super deep days. I ski almost always at the resort and want something that can get me back to the lift. So I don't know if I should get this or the Hellbent. My only concern for the Hellbent is that it might be too soft for technical lines and that it isn't as stable as the Pettitor. The Pettitor seems like a better resort ski but I already have the Fujas and want something that will not sink. I ski in Alaska and do trees, pow, and pillows which the Hellbent sounds great for, but it sounds like it wouldn't be good for steep icy chutes. Thanks for the advice.
Hey John Perrin,
Thanks for the question and you're definitely on the right track for the type of conditions you are looking for. You are also dead on about the flex pattern and shape of both the Pettitor and the Hellbent. The Hellbent is definitely super soft and while it is ultra playful and easy in the deeper soft snow, it won't charge like the Pettitor will as it has a similar amount of rocker and a stiffer flex and by the sound of things you should stick with those instead of the Hellbent.
Thanks. Do you know how the Kung Fujas flex is compared to the Hellbent because I've heard they're pretty similar in flex. Also because I already have the Kung Fujas and only have money for one pow ski I want it to float super good. Would the Pettitor be fine in the deepest of deep and also I'm a little concerned it might be too stiff because I like soft skis. Even though my Kung Fujas are super soft I can still charge o them hard and the are super stable. Thanks.
Hi i am 5"7 and 147 lbs and im considering...
Hi i am 5"7 and 147 lbs and im considering to shift from the K2 Kung fujas to the pettitor. My kung fujas are 169 and from 11/12 and the pettitor i would go for should be 179. But dont know if i should go fatter and i almost got my kung fujas. and im from Denmark so ski 3 times every year but next season i go to france for a hole season. So it should also be a ski i can ski the hole year on. what are ur thoughts?
Have also look at the v�lkl Shiro and Opus if i should shift my Kung fujas out?
Hey Martin, it depends what terrain you mostly ski but the pettitor is a big ski. I would stick with the Fujas if i were you becuase they are super versatile and good in all conditions.
Where does Sean Pettit mount the Pettito...
Where does Sean Pettit mount the Pettitor?
Mounting and length issue:
Mounting and length issue:
Looking for ski that will be used mainly for tree/powder/pillows.
(Japan , EU alps)
I love k2 so the Pettitor seems like the perfect choice in their line (not a huge fan for skis over 125 waist, hence not going hellbent) is it a good choice of ski for this?
Lenghtwise i've been looking at the 179 for that playful feel (172lbs) but i cant decide if i should be brave and go for the 189 version. Already have a pair of CD3 (190cm) charger skis for those big faces.
mounting: dead center is for me a no-go. But how about -2 from center for that playful feel? (like flips, 360 etc but i'm skiing face forward most of the time.)
Appreciate tips and suggestions.
Hey Victor, the pettitors would be an awesome ski for what you are going to be doing. I think the 189 would be good for you but you should go to a shop that has them and size them up next to you.
BEST. SKI. EVER.
I can honestly say this is the best ski I've ever tried. It kills it in back country powder. It can carve super hard, fast turns on groomers. Crushes crud. Does anything you ask it to. I could not be any more stoked about a ski than I am with this one.
Best Ski Ever!!!!!
I got this ski for short side country tours and big mountain freeride,
And couldn't be happier with this ski, it floats so well in powder and it still has enough camber to make getting back to the lift fun. It performed so well in side country tours that I am going to be taking it on a multi day tour on the Roger's Pass. I have it mounted at +5 with the Salomon Guardian, and I love it, it can ski switch in powder, but I can still drive going forward.
Could not be happier!!
This ski ROCKS!!! You will not be disappointed!!!
how do these in 189 compare in terms of...
how do these in 189 compare in terms of overall weight and swing weight to the Rocker2 192?
The swing weight will be a little more because the rocker 2 have the honeycomb tip and tail which shaves some weight.
I'd like to hear more about mounting points...
I'd like to hear more about mounting points if anyone can provide some beta. I found the Obsetheds were best at least +2 forward of traditional and understand that those looking for more of a jib ski love it around true center. I easily sank my tips at +5 (still -2.5cm back from true) on the Seths, and hear that Pep Fujas has been riding the Petts at +2. Appreciate any feedback. Thank you.
I ride the Pettits at +3.5 from traditional/-4 from true. No problems with tips sinking on the 189's (and I'm 6'2, 190lbs).
just a great ski
rode these for the first time today in about 7-9"of fresh Cascade wind laden spew. The snow had a creamy feel to it with some wind crust in places and frozen crust down below in places. Never a thought of anything less than attack. Instant confidence. I am not a big guy at 5'11" 166 lbs plus gear. I ride the 189 size. They were fun pure and simple. Liked the ability to rail down on the flats through the piled up stuff on the groomers too. A little wider at the waist than the Opus so not the instant edginess of the Opus with Pollards elongated lower tip tail profile. However be it a product of length the 189 Pettitor vs the 186 Opus, K2 wins hands down in the stability category and definately more chargey. Again no hesitation to attack. I have owned the 186 Opus and love it too so a more fair comparison would be against the 192. Had fun turning these big buggers down the fall line in soft bumps. I mount mine at +7 pretty dang close to center and my boot size is 27.5 316mm.
I have skied the obSETHed in a 169 and it...
I have skied the obSETHed in a 169 and it felt a little too heavy for me. I am generally used to heavier skis, but this was a bit too much. How would the pettitor compare? I'm 13 years old and have got a lot stronger since then and have gotten a better pair of boots that have changed my skiing quite a bit. Would these be a good choice now for an everyday resort pow ski?
Thanks man! On a side note, have you skied the line opus? I've heard that seems to be up there in the powder/all mtn category. I've put that ski into consideration as well.
The opus dont float as well and are less playful in the powder but are more solid at high speeds so depends on the skier.
Anyone know what the weight is for a pair...
Anyone know what the weight is for a pair of these? preferably in 189?
4,800 Grams per pair.
I'm 6ft 150lbs (17 years old) Skiing at...
I'm 6ft 150lbs (17 years old) Skiing at Stevens Pass. Is the 189 or 179 best for me ? Main concern about the 189 is turning ability. Main concern about 179 is float and speed. Any advice helps. Thanks !
Hey John. I ride Stevens a lot as well. I'm 6'0", 165 (29 years old) and I would never even consider the 179. Keep in mind with the moustache profile, it's going to feel short on the groomed and turn initiation will be a piece of cake. You won't really feel the length unless you're in the untracked or at mach 3 -- times when you'll be grateful for the 189. Also, you're probably not done growing. Go big.
I'll second SupreChicken. Same size as he is (little shorter), ski Stevens, and wouldn't consider the 179. Going over the handlebars is a pet peeve of mine, and there's simply no excuse for it in a pow ski. The ONLY time I could see being annoyed by the extra length might be sideslipping down a narrow chute (like Nasty Gash or C-slit entrance to Tye Bowl). I wouldn't worry about turning ability at all.
Not sure what ski you're coming from or what your skiing style is, but my personal favourite ski for Stevens is the 186 4FRNT Renegade. Even though it has little sidecut, the full reverse camber makes it pivot super quickly in the trees. It requires a fairly neutral stance though. If you prefer to drive the ski from the tip, I'd definitely check out the 186 Billy Goat from ON3P, which was specifically designed for the trees at Stevens. [If you're not a fan of directional, pintailed skis and prefer something symmetrical for skiing switch, the 190 Caylor is a great option too.] These skis will be a little burlier than the Pettitor, but I think you'll be extremely pleased with their combination of playfulness and stability at speed. Just my unsolicited $0.02.
Thanks guys. Um I just found out I can get a deal on Lib Tech's, do you think the FFF of the POW would be best.
What's your higher priority? Going fast or being quick in the trees?
If top speed is most impt and you ski like you want to destroy the mountain, go lib tech POW. If you are in trees every day at Stevens, go FFF.
189 all the way!!!!
I'm 6 ft and 200 lb and I love my 189 for everything, don't worry about carving, they carve just fine, and they work well on the groomers for a ski of this size, and they just kill it in the powder!!