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- The easily renewable Bio Core Tech (wood core) is made of aspen, paulownia, and bamboo and yields ultra-lightweight touring capability while remaining solid during descents and reducing your carbon footprint
- Torsion box cap construction means you get a combination of technologies that provides strength and durability with a lightweight, easy-turning feel
- The All-Terrain rocker features 30% rocker in the tip for floating pow and breaking trail, as well as 70% traditional camber for maximum edge hold in icy chutes and sketchy skin tracks
- Progressive Sidecut enables predictable turnability when you're skiing glacier routes or popping off high summits
- Carbon web laminated over the tail and forebody add more rigidity without much weight, which means you get a more stable ride during speedy descents
- Flat tail permits quick plunges into snow for creating snow anchors during ski mountaineering or emergencies
- SnoPhobic topsheet repels the build-up of snow and can be waxed to increase repellency like a ski's base
- Pairs with pre-cut skins (sold separately)s that fit easily with the tip and tail skin attachment system
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I've skied this for one season in the Coast Range in BC. They're very versatile skis, which is really important here on the coast. We get the worst crud and the the deepest powder in the same weekend. The soft tip and 30% rocker really help in deep heavy snow. I would recommend these to a beginner or anyone who wants a versatile ski that is light enough to go the distance.
I have an older set of K2 SuperStinx. I have been looking for a new setup that skis similar to them. Any Suggestions?
What's the Turn Radius of K2 WayBack 160?
I am looking to get into back country skiing and am considering buying:
- Stelvio Light XL
- Evo Polvere
- K2 Wayback
I would like a pair of skis that are good in the back country as well as at Whistler/Blackcomb. Any advice/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Of the skis you are looking at, I think the Wayback is the most versatile. The Stelvio's are cool but lack the tech benefits of the Wayback and the Evo's are even more tricky to ski in crud and less than ideal snow. The only ski I'd want to use in a resort setting of those three is the wayback, but if you're splitting time evenly you might even consider something a bit heftier.
I live in Vancouver and ski the coast range A LOT. I do a lot of touring so my skis are a little lighter and thiner than most out there. I have an older pair of Stelvio's (2006 version) and a newer pair of K2 Wayback's (2012 version) . The Stelvio's are great on spring corn snow and at the resort, but they take some skill to ski in deep heavy snow. The K2 Waybacks are a lot more forgiving in deep snow and variable conditions. The Wayback's are great beginner skis and very versatile. They're ok in powder, ok in crud, ok on ice, ok on steeps, ok for long tours. They are a little on the skinny side with only 88mm underfoot, but I'm used to skinnier skis. If you want a midfat ski I would look at the K2 Coombacks.
I've been looking at building a deep B/C Tele setup with Garmont Excursion boots on G3 Targa bindings (w/ CrossTour spring cartridges & climbing wires) mounted to these K2 WayBacks.
Will the mounted bindings be to wide for this ski? (G3 binding width is 4.4"/111mm at very widest)
Should I consider shimming or getting another ski?
I got this ski last winter and paired it with some dynafit speeds for a lightweight touring set-up and I was stoked. They performed well in all kinds of snow conditions but I mostly used them in firmer spring conditions where they excelled. The few times I got them into pow they floated fine. Great balance between weight/performance. This will be my spring/expedition ski for years to come. I do most of my skiing in the Tetons.