A powder predator.
When you're considered one of the preeminent freeskiers on the planet, it's only natural that you have some planks that live up to your reputation. That's why K2 picked the brain of the big-mountain ninja Sean Pettit and developed the Pettitor Ski. With a wide waist, the Pettitor lives to devour the deepest days and stomp the biggest pillow lines you dare point them down.
Now, don't be lured into thinking that this hard-charging ski just rests on its laurels and coasts on Sean's name alone, which is pretty dope by the way. A slew of features help make this ski an incredibly adept big-mountain beast that will have you charging pillow lines, throwing threes off of huge drops, and buttering off every wind lip on the mountain. The powder rocker profile puts rocker in the tip and tail, giving the ski a nimble, pivoty feel in pow, while just a smidgen of camber underfoot offers some edge hold for when you're bombing groomers back to the base area. The Pettitor has a playful, yet solid fir and aspen wood core, giving the ski a smooth and relatively stiff flex pattern, which is supported by a triaxial braided fiberglass laminate for enhanced torsional rigidity. A tapered tip pushes the widest contact point of the ski back from the tips for better deflection in soft snow and to ease turn initiation when conditions are bottomless.
- Big mountain freeride ski developed by Sean Pettit
- Fat 120mm waist hovers down deep dumps
- Powder Rocker maximizes flotation in soft snow
- Aspen fir core has a stiff flex that's resilient and damp
- Triaxial braided fiberglass laminate enhances torsional rigidity
- Twintech sidewall construction assures long-lasting durability
- Item #K2S00B4
- Q & A
Surfy and fun!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Pettitor is my pow-day resort ski, and my primary workhorse in the backcountry when there is fresh snow.
If you think in terms of grams while touring, you've either stopped reading already, or chosen to continue on only to further your belief in lightweight gear. Either response is pretty fair - I don't time my transitions, and I sometimes like to scope my line from the comfort of snow couch. I ski in the backcountry because I enjoy the remote landscapes, and I like surfing untracked snow. I am more than happy to carry a lot of weight uphill if the extra pounds make the decent more fun.
The Pettitors make skiing powder more fun.
In search of a poppy yet stable feel, K2 chose to braid strands of fiberglass through the Pettitor's fir/ aspen core. I think that the new technology is pretty effective. The ski flexes smoothly, and the braided core still captures all of the elements that I love most in a traditional wood core. The fiberglass adds rigidity, especially underfoot and in the tail - I've been kicked into the backseat without washing out on many occasions.
With respect to the Petitor's shape, I think that K2 nailed it. The tip is tapered - but not ridiculously so. I've found that aggressively tapered skis generally only want to make tight, little turns, and, when pushed to open up, or straighline, they're unstable and chattery. The Pettitor has a longer effective edge than many comparable skis, and holds longer turns well, while still remaining quick and nimble in the trees.
Bottom line - lots of fun both in bounds, and out. Definitely not the most practical ski to tour on, but suffering up the skintrack builds fitness (and probably character, too).
The pic serves just to evidence that the Pettitor can get you out to some pretty cool spots, and can also double as a fantastic snow couch.