Serve up some tasty alpine turns.
If skiing was food, riding lifts would be frozen pizza and ski mountaineering would be a perfect souffle: both are delicious, but one can be done by anyone while the other takes time, effort, and dedication. In this scenario, the K2 Wayback 96 Ski is the fine tool of a top chef, designed to slice and dice whatever conditions the backcountry offers up, from firm windblown to spring corn to funky alpine hardpack to powder. K2's All-Terrain rocker boasts underfoot camber to make short work of hard and crusty snow, while the moderate tip rocker and slight tail rocker let the Wayback float over powder and cruise through variable conditions. The slight tail rocker also makes it easy to plunge the Wayback into the snow for use as an anchor or just to keep it from taking off down the hill.
The Wayback's lighter than a souffle, too, at under seven pounds per pair, so the skin track or bootpack won't be a huge chore. It's constructed with a lightweight paulownia core with strategically placed maple for stiffness, and it has a Carbon Web laminate that gives it some backbone without tacking on extra ounces. The torsion box construction keeps it nice and stiff through the turn, while the Hybritech sidewalls combine a smooth-turning and lightweight cap construction with partial sidewalls for hardcore edge grip when things firm up on you. Even the topsheet is designed to be light, with a Snowphobic treatment that prevents snow from building up. Last but not least, the Wayback comes fully kitted out with K2's Z-Clip tip and tail skin grommets, so you can slap on a pair of K2 skins and be hitting the skinner before your buddies have their boots on.
- Alpine touring ski slices and dices whatever's in the backcountry
- Narrow 96mm waist stays light for the ascent
- All-terrain rocker cuts the crusty snow and floats over soft snow
- Tapered tip and tail reduce deflection and ease turn release
- Light paulownia core with strategically placed maple for stiffness
- Carbon Web enhances torsional rigidity without the weight
- Hybritech construction combines light cap with durable sidewalls
- Z-Clip tip and tail grommets accommodate K2 skins
- Item #K2S00BB
- Q & A
A personal favorite touring ski.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This has been my go to touring ski the past two spring/summer seasons her in the PNW! I've skied several of K2's skis in their backside line and this 96 wasted version of the Wayback quickly became a favorite within my quiver. It's not a super stiff board but instead has a very round/smooth flex that is fairly quick edge to edge and likes to make nice complete medium length turns. It excelled in corn conditions, soft snow, and firm wind-buffed snow and managed to handle icy and crust conditions pretty amicably. In terms of weight this ski is not the lightest in the 96 waist category, but it is still fairly light and provides a really consistent ride that I enjoy year round. IMO this is a great option for a very reasonable price. Sure, you can spend more and go lighter, but I think most skiers would find this to be a really great option wether you're a beginner or an expert. Lastly, this thing is tough, top sheets and ski flex have held up over extended use and I've yet to experience any durability issues.
I spend a majority of my days on these touring in the PNW. I'm 5-10 x 165 and ski the 177 length with the top sheet from last season. They're mounted with Dynafit Speed Radicals and driven by Scarpa Maestrale's or Atomic Backlands.