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Your dawn patrol laps are nice, and the occasional weekend yurt trip is better, but you want something more. You want to get waaaay back. Slap on the K2 WayBack Ski and head for mystical and magical powder paradises beyond the reach of most backcountry skiers. This efficient ski is made for long days and loves climbing nearly as much as it loves untracked lines.

Thanks to its super-lightweight, skin-track-attackin' wood core —made of aspen, paulownia, and bamboo—the WayBack gets you out into the great white open; it's solid during descents, too. You know that when you are in the backcountry, you have to be prepared for a diverse array of conditions, and the All-Terrain rocker will help with that. It 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. Torsion box cap construction means you get a combination of technologies that provides strength and durability with a lightweight, easy-turning feel. Whether it's glacier routes or popping off high summit, the progressive sidecut adds to the predictable turnability. While every week can't be a get-the-heck-outta-Dodge ski week, the WayBack will be your go-to dawn patrol and yurt ski.

  • Camber underfoot with elevated (rocker) tip
  • Torsion box, cap construction
  • Aspen/paulownia/bamboo core
  • 88mm waist
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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this model of skis for over a year now... I've used them on sastrugi volcanoes in Mexico, powder in Alaska, ice chunder in the PNW summer and a mixed bag in Asia. The K2 Wayback were solid for a small person and a big backpack plus lightweight with a Dynafit TLT Speed Radical binding.

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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

used these for a week of backcountry / touring, with voile switchback tele bindings. i'm 5'3" and lightweight. These were nice and light for skinning up, and width was good for plowing down in varied snow conditions. With a slightly beefier tele boot these could really charge, however I was using a 2 buckle touring boot and was not very aggressive on them. Stiffness was softer than expected. Did not use the K2 brand skins ( or the convenient grommet for them) as those skins were looking heavier than what i wanted to pack. Ski's topsheet was surprisingly prone to nicks. Tried them on groomers a couple times and perhaps due to the softness found they cruise more than they shred.