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I'm 5'10'' and 160lbs, I love skiing powder...

I'm 5'10'' and 160lbs, I love skiing powder but have never had a ski quite like this type. I'm a fairly aggressive skier and will ski all types of terrain (but the high majority is back country powder) What length would you recommend for this ski?

Go for the 179, since K2s tend to run a bit long. If you like to stomp big shit, go fast, and can handle big boards, the 189 will be good. The 179 would be slightly lighter for BC runs, but, it's really up to you. If it were me, I'd go for the 189, but that's just because I think big skis are the best.

5 5

Deep Snow? GO!

Absolutely brilliant when there is 18+ inches of freshies! Skied them 3 days at Silverton Mt. with 39 fresh inches... made several mistakes such as getting too far forward/top heavy off a cliff, when i landed the ski literally forced me back into the right position and i skied right out. The spatula cut along with the huge rocker means you DO NOT nose dive or sink... I rode the 189s and I am 5'9" and 155lbs and they were completely manageable but if you are my size and in trees get the 179s because they will be just as stable and even easier to turn. A+ K2!

5 5


all i can say is this is the best deep powder ski i have ever skied. It feels like you are riding surfboards down the mountain, two really really awesome surfboards.

5 5

Gamechanging ski

This ski was a gamechanger for me. It has changed how well I ski and allowed me to do things I had only dreamed of in a few feet of blower.

If you're looking for a powder ski, please at least give the venerable 'toon a chance.

I have just received my new 179 pontoons,...

I have just received my new 179 pontoons, do they preform best with the bindings mounted on the boot / ski center line , or do they better mounted in front, or behind the skis center.


Rossi,K2, or Fisher
I am deciding in to...

Rossi,K2, or Fisher
I am deciding in to which ski I should get. I am 120lb, and ski on 168. Which ski do you suggest for bumbs and jumps?

This primarily a pow only ski. There are much better choices out there for bumps/jumps. I'd recommend a ski like the k2 extreme, fischer addict, or something similar

Pontoons or Hellbents?!!?!?

I'm having...

Pontoons or Hellbents?!!?!?

I'm having serious issues choosing between the 2. I'm 5'7, 125lbs. so I'm somewhat attracted by complaints of the Hellbent being too soft for big guys since I'm neither. However I want something that will rock my socks off in the powder - planning on having this be a deep day ski. I've had 4 ACLs in one knee so I don't want to work too hard to reign them in. I want them to be responsive but burly. I would really appreciate feedback!

The Hellbent is a powder ski - if you want something soft and playful, I think I'd go that direction. The pontoon would be the better choice for big lines, but you'll float just fine on the bents if you just want a play ski for pow days.

I am 6'2", about 150lbs and I have no problem maneuvering the 189 pontoons. The tapered tail makes pow turns a breeze, and they seriously effin rule in the powder. I can also keep up with friends ont he groomer days. The only thing these things are NOT fun in is chewed up powder. They tend to stay on top of it all instead of cutting through.

I would suggest the Pontoons. Me and my friend are a crazy backcountry skiier, and we just love them. I also have knee problems, but the pontoons work just fine.

4 5


rode these for the first time this past week .. a lot of fun! didn't have much for new snow initially , but they performed well on hard pack, far better than I would have imagined. They were able to hold an edge rather easily, and when snow came later in the week, I got an appreciation for how well these can float.. not much speed required to keep them on top of the snow, and they want to pop off of everything. I noticed a little bit of chatter at high speeds in crud, though admittedly the snow was heavy that day. If there's one thing I disliked about them : they are difficult to carry, but that's to be expected given their shape. Suggest using a ski strap of some kind if you're going to be putting these on your shoulder and hiking Baldy all day..

Agreed. The strap has made my life loads easier when carrying these.

5 5

backcountry beacon

go to a website back country beacon and type in k2 2011 and they have a picture.

5 5

blue top sheet

just to tell all of you, these will have a sick blue top sheet for '11.

How do these compare to the line prophet...

How do these compare to the line prophet 130?

Best Answer

The Pontoons have the 20/40 rocker, meaning they have lots of rocker, where as the Prophet 130s (the 2010 version mind you) has an early rise tip, not 'true' rocker. The Prophets also have decidedly more sidecut and a stiffer flex, resulting in a ski that will turn a little easier on hard pack. Otherwise, they have similar weights and underfoot dimensions.
Bottom line? these are both big powder skis, but the Prophet would feel slightly less out of place on hardpack.

How well do these work on groomed?

How well do these work on groomed?

Suprisingly good. I can keep up with friends on "normal" skis, and they barely chatter.

Suprisingly good. I can keep up with friends on "normal" skis, and they barely chatter.

do think they will make a version of these...

do think they will make a version of these in 2011 ?

Best Answer

K2 will have the Pontoon for the '10.'11 season, unchanged, except for the graphics. Check out the new line up here:


5 5

Ski cushion should be used for Flotation

I love my Pontoons. Been skiing them for the past few years and they always bring back the big smiles. I'm about 6' and ride the 189's. They ski much shorter than that, I take them all over the mountain with lots of confidence. The ability to smear them sideways is unmatched, throw a huge tip in the mix and these things go over anything. For as heavy as they feel in your hand once in the pow you won't even notice the weight.

These boards are made for smooth, soft snow and that's where they excell. On the groomed stuff they have enough sidecut and a flat spot underfoot that makes getting back to the lift managable. You don't have to contort your legs into strange positions to keep them from wandering on you like a reverse sidecut ski. I know people that ski these everyday regardless of conditions just because of how playfull they are.

I'm 5'3" at 130 lbs. Intermediate level...

I'm 5'3" at 130 lbs. Intermediate level and trying to get over the black diamonds what kind of ski would you recommend for me if I want to get to the Expert level. The Brand and length for the ski.

4frnt CRJ, 172cm. You'll be able to do anything on it, and you'll never need another ski. Armada JJ 175cm, would also be good, or the K2 ObSethed 169cm. I really recommend a ski with early rise tips, and big dimensions. You'll be able to progress your skiing to the top with either of those skis. I'm not a fan of the Pontoon, though- it's not versatile enough, and I don't like the narrow tails. The Rossignol S7 is another example of a great ski, but with narrow tails, I thought it was a little too sinky/squirrely.

5 5

Euphoria! Thank you saucer boy!

These skis are a taste of heaven for what they do: soft snow and powder.
Get them! Get them! Get them!

I would say they are a quiver ski: if this is your only ski, I hope you can pick and choose your days or you have secret powder stashes hidden all over the mountain.

At 6'1 and 170lbs, I skied the 189 pontoons and found no adjustment to skiing them from my other skis (188 Armada JJ, 168 Magfire 10). I had read lots of reviews on this ski and will confirm the following:
In soft snow these are indeed heaven. They have a very soft tip which cannot be sunk and just keep floating on. The length is not noticed at any point as the ski is effortless to turn. Compared to my JJ's they are heavier, but they feel light on the feet in the powder.
In chopped up, the big tips seem to help the ski ride above it all. Again, soft snow makes life easy.
In soft pack, THEY DO RAIL well, however you are not carving anything resembling an aggressive turn. They like going fast but after a few days I would call them confidence inspiring.
They were fine on a hard pack cat-track back, carrying great speed and not having me afraid of bailing without notice.
On ice they hurt your quads and your feelings, especially when trying to spill all that speed the skis made you pick up.

Bottom line:
Fat float powder ski for those fresh snow days!
I love playful skis and these guys keep me happy while letting me charge as well.

Video of my first runs on the 189s:

Mounting Freerides on Pontoons Crazy?


Mounting Freerides on Pontoons Crazy?

I’m considering mounting my Fritschi Freeride bindings on a pair of Pontoons. Is this crazy? What kind of brakes work? What type of skins will attach, to a shovel that big, will I have to make up a custom rig, and if so is it even practical to skin on a pair of toons?

I sure wouldn’t want to be on a tight side hilling situation. I am also concerned about the touring capabilities of a reverse camber ski with the toons dimensions.

I envision using this as more of a side country access set up rather than for multi-day BC trips and would primarily use if for inbounds but would like the versatility of the AT set up. Has anyone done this?

I know people that have done this with Duke bindings, which seems to work pretty good for them for short sidecountry trips. You don't need custom skins per se, just the biggest ones you can get, and that still isn't wall to wall, which isn't always 100% necessary. The shovel does pose a bit of a problem for the skins, but it might work, and if not, you can pretty easily rig something for that. The reverse camber can make touring difficult, but not un-doable. You would need the 130mm brakes for the brakes to be functional, but most people on 'Toons I know don't have functional brakes.

Shane, thanks I've heard that G3 makes a skin that may work out of the box, now if I could only get my hands on a pair of the Shane McConkey tribute Toons.

Best Answer

Ive toured for 3 years on toons. I love it. They excel at breaking trail! Even 1cm of fresh on an established skin track and you dont notice the deficiencies you would expect from the reverse camber. Remember, you have 130mm wide underfoot so you are getting lots of traction there. Icy sidehilling....not so much fun! But why would you be touring on them if you were going on beaten paths many days after the last snowfall? So that being said, if its going to be your only touring may want to consider something else. . I had to make my own tip loops until the G3 alpinist skins came out. That tip system is perfect for these skis. If you mount these AT, I think you will find yourself riding them a lot more often than you would expect!

What size Pontoons would you recommend? I...

What size Pontoons would you recommend? I am 5'7'' and 140 pounds and a very aggressive skier. I already have a pair of Seth's in the 169 so the Pontoons would just be for powder.

Best Answer

I'd go with the 169 again. It'll feel more familiar in tight situations since you already have 169s, and the Pontoon is so effing fat that you should have no issues sinking in powder, especially if you're a fast skier. That also means you'll be able to turn a bit better, since the 169s are lighter and easier to whip around.

They're primarily your powder ski, so I'd go longer - 179's. If you ski fast and aggressively, you're going to want something longer...especially with the pin tail and rocker.

I'm pretty much the same size as you and ride around 170's for my normal every day ski, but 185's for my powder skis. Definitely worth going longer.

Go longer, Shane McConkey himself recommended that with a rockered ski you add ten centimeters to your normal ski length. There it is, straight from the man.