K2 BackLash Ski
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Description of K2 Backlash Skis The 2010-11 K2 BackLash strikes the perfect balance for those seeking a resort-worthy ski thats light enough for all-day tours. A 92 mm waist, superlight wood core, and cap construction combine with the smooth dampness of metal to deliver the versatility to tackle hard or soft conditions on either side of the rope. Weve added All-Terrain shovel rocker this year to the BackLash Adventure ski which broaden its sweet spot and increase its versatility. And the progressive 1614 sidecut supplies edge-hold and precision in a variety of turn shapes and conditions regardless of whether youre dropping your knee or locking your heels.FeaturesPerformance variable 40 soft snow 60 Radius 19m174Construction TNC Metal Laminate CapCore Aspen Paulownia BambooWeight 1750g174 1614 Progressive Sidecut Powder Tip Tip and Tail Attachment Holes Flat Notched Tail All-Terrain Rocker Featuring an elevated tip for variable and soft snow performance and camber underfoot for power, energy and edge-hold in firmer conditions.SnoPhobic Top-Sheets Since snow collecting on the ski can add pounds to a climb, our SnoPhobic tops keeps you light with a new snow-repellent topsheet. The running surface along the bottom of a ski is hydrophobic by design, so weve developed a thinner version of the same material to use on the BackSide model-specific topsheets.Powder Specific Tip Design The widest point of this tip is the forward contact point as opposed to 7cm in front of it like most of our shaped skis. This design makes the ski more stable and predictable because it wont hook or grab erratically in windblown snow and other variable conditions that youre likely to encounter in the backcountry.Metal Laminate Technology With two sheets of lightweight titanium alloy running the length of the ski, metal laminate skis are the highest performing and most complex constructions available from K2. Built from the base up, this construction consists of alternating layers of fiberglass and titanium above and below the wood core. Metal laminates provide damp, accurate, unshakable performance, ideal for expert level all-mountain skis.Skin Clip Arc The tails of our Adventure skis come with a concave notch to ensure the skin clip, regardless of size, stays securely centered on the tail.Trim-to-Fit Skin Compatible For the Backlash, WayBack, Backup, PayBack, and ShesBack, we offer integrated K2 trim-to-fit skins. Tip and Tail Holes All Adventure skis come with holes drilled in the tip and tail that facilitate building a quick, solid rescue sled, or the construction of a ski anchor. The holes come with plugs that can be removed with a simple twist of a flat head screwdriver. These holes also function as skin attachment points for our new skins.Tail Strap Clip This adjustable strap interfaces with the tail hole to secure and register the skin to the center of the ski. Unlike most clips which create friction by dragging in the snow every step, this clip sits on top of the ski, thereby improving glide and efficiency. Core Tech K2s Adventure skis use an AspenPaulownia blend core. Lower-density Aspen and even lighter-weight Paulownia allow us to reduce the weight that results from the added surface area of wider skis. In addition, the Bio Core is 15 lighter than the firaspen blend traditional in our all-mountain skis.Flat Tails All of our Adventure skis come with flat tails because they add tremendous utility to a backcountry ski. By allowing you to easily plunge the tails into firm snow, you can build anchors, stake out your tent, or merely secure your skis while retrieving something from your pack, none of which is possible with twin tips or kick tails.Z Clip Attachment Quick, simple and lightweight, the Z Clip utilizes the hole in the ski tip and eliminates the skin fold-over required with typical D rings. This not only reduces weight, but gets rid of the buildup of snow that accumulates under the fold, which eventually peels your skins off.Progressive Sidecut Progressive sidecut is a combination of two different radii, or sidecuts, that enhances the versatility of wider waisted skis. Standard sidecut theory is based on using a single radius. This works great on narrower skis, but becomes overpowering on wider skis, especially in variable conditions. The use of progressive sidecut on wider-waist skis guarantees improved turn initiation and hard-snow performance. All of our womens skis are built with the sidecut shifted two centimeters forward relative to the standard sidecut for a mens ski. This accommodates the anatomical fact that the center of mass for a woman is generally much lower than that of a man. Shifting the sidecut forward places the center of mass of the average woman in an optimum position over the ski for more control and easier turn initiation.Cap Construction Durable and lightweight cap skis are built by a sophisticated molding process that envelopes the core and internal materials with the top layer of the ski. Used throughout our ski line, cap constructions can be assembled with a variety of different cores. These variations, such as glass andor metal materials, are the determining factors of the skis performance.
- US Outdoor Store
Whether dropping a knee or locking the heel, the Backlash ski from K2 strikes the perfect balance for those seeking a resort worthy sled that's light enough for all day tours. A 92 mm waist, superlight wood core and cap construction, combined with the smooth, dampness of metal deliver the versatility to tackle hard or soft conditions on either side of the rope - and the progressive sidecut supplies edgehold and precision in a variety of turn shapes and conditions.
- Mountain Gear
The K2 BackLash telemark/randonee skis are light enough to handle all-day tours in deep powder and powerful enough for sessions at the resort. Versatile sidecut of 129/92/115mm is designed for the skier who spends most of his time touring the backcountry and the rest riding lifts at the resort. All-terrain rocker features elevated tips that float through powder snow with ease; traditional camber under foot ensures good power and edge hold on firm snow. Held base to base, skis bow apart 2mm at the traditional fore and aft ski-to-snow contact points; rocker extends 30cm in from the contact points. Metal laminate construction alternates layers of fiberglass and metal above and below the wood cores to provide damp, accurate performance. Cores combines aspen, bamboo and paulownia wood for consistent flex and great strength-to-weight ratio. Cap construction envelops the cores and internal materials with the top layers of the skis, keeping weight light and durability high. Progressive sidecut provides different curve shapes along different parts of the skis-more aggressive in the tips, less aggressive in the tails. The progressive sidecut results in confident, quick turn initiation in hard snow and easy release in crud and powder. Powder tips place the widest point of the skis farther back than on other K2 skis, making the skis more stable and predictable in variable snow conditions. Top sheet features a hydrophobic material similar to what is used on the bases of the skis to prevent snow from sticking and building up while you're skinning. Adventure-series skis feature flat tails so you can easily plunge your skis into firm snow when building anchors or staking out a tent. Holes drilled in the tips and tails facilitate building a rescue sled or constructing a ski anchor.
Do everything and do it well on the K2 BackLash Ski, especially if your definition of everything excludes anything within the resort ropes. This is the silver bullet for any AT or tele skier's bane: those super light backcountry skis that wimp out when the fluff turns funky. With a hint of metal, a touch of rocker, and a sweet progressive sidecut, the 92mm-waisted BackLash puts the hurt on all conditions without weighing down your climb.