K2 Annex 98

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K2 remembers a time when skiing wasn't all about the legendary storms. For every massive dump that hit Utah or week-long epic that struck the Pacific Northwest, there was a group of New Englanders celebrating a six-inch powder day deep among the pine trees. The K2 Annex 98 Ski is for those people, and anyone else that wants to charge hard in the backcountry without dragging around a mega-fat to do it. Measuring a relatively narrow (by today's standards) 98mm at the waist, this ski delivers the responsiveness and power of a wood core and metal laminate construction with the deep snow performance of rocker at the tip and a tapered sidecut at the tip and tail. Tight chutes and tree skiing require the control of traditional camber, and you'll find just that directly underfoot. You're inevitably going to throw a skin on this ski, so you'll find a tip grommet and a notch at the tail to retain a skin clip--both of which are compatible with K2 Z-Clip Skins. Your girthy, rockered resort ride might look beastly in comparison, but the stiff, stable, and maneuverable Annex 98 will drop it like a bad habit once you hit the skin track or dip into the trees, and you'll be all the happier for it.

- Backcountry.com