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Doug Coombs' legendary spirit lives on in K2 COOMBAck telemark/randonee skis. The 102mm-wide waists strike the perfect balance for all-conditions backcountry skiiing. This second graphic in a series of three portrays Doug's days pioneering heliskiing in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. Balanced flex pattern and generous 102mm waists create excellent flotation and easy handling on steep slopes and difficult snow conditions. All-terrain rocker features elevated tips that float through powder snow with ease; traditional camber underfoot ensures good power and edge hold on firm snow. Fir/aspen/maple wood cores produce a natural flex, allowing the skis to achieve full contact with the snow throughout the turn. Triaxial braiding wraps an interlocking fiberglass weave around the wood cores; results in torsional stiffness, responsive turning and sensitivity. Located at the tips and tails, a weave of carbon improves responsiveness and edge grip without adding much weight. Cap construction envelops the cores and internal materials with the top layers of the skis, keeping overall weight light and durability high. 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 sheets feature a hydrophobic material similar to what is used on the bases to prevent snow from sticking and building up while you're skinning. Flat tails let you easily plunge your skis into firm snow when building anchors or staking out a tent. Low-profile tip grommets accommodate Z-Clip attachments on K2 climbing skins (sold separately); concave notches in the tails keep non-K2-brand skins centered on the tails. Holes drilled in the tips and tails facilitate building a rescue sled or constructing a ski anchor. Base or topsheet color may vary from online photo.
The steeper and more technical the terrain, the happier the K2 Coomback. After all, it was named after legendary mountaineer and extreme ski pioneer Doug Coombs. His memory lives on in this second graphic in a series of three that portrays Doug's days pioneering the Chugach Mountains. The Coomback is solid and reliable in steep terrain, it powers through choppy conditions at speed, and it floats through the deepest of days. Yup, it does it all, from playing the part of a ski for exploring the unexplored or taking first descents to being a go-to rockered mid-fat ski for lift-assisted laps. The Coomback is infused with the versatile capabilities of its legendary namesake, like the All-Terrain Rocker tip, which gives this ski a 30/70 rocker-to-camber balance in order to ease edge transition, lift the tip above soft and choppy snow, and aid overall ski maneuverability. The Coomback is lightweight, highly durable, and lively underfoot, because it's constructed with fir, maple, and aspen wood stringers with fiberglass braided (Triaxial Braided) around it to increase torsional strength and a lively flex. If you're bombing it in the backcountry, you need a long-lasting ski; Cap Construction creates a durable and lightweight ski by molding a laminate and top layer over the core of the ski. Snow-repellent SnoPhobic topsheet uses a hydrophobic wax coating that keeps heavy snow from building up on top of your ski while you're skinning or touring. The 102mm waist width helps this ski float on deep days and provides a stable platform for surviving hard landings, and it's not so wide as to sacrifice edge-to-edge maneuverability.
Designed for adventure-seeking powder hounds like legendary skier/designer Doug Coombs, K2's COOMBack skis deliver solid edge hold and stability at speed. Take advantage of the soft-snow and powder performance offered by the progressive sidecut and 102 mm waist, while the All-Terrain rocker gives you quicker turn initiation. Designed to highlight Doug Coombs career with a splash of Jackson Hole on the topsheet.
- Mountain Gear
The COOMBAck, like it's namesake, Doug Coombs, is all about untracked lines, going fast, in any snow. The COOMBAck features 102mm underfoot to keep you afloat in deep powder and a 14/12 progressive sidecut helps you stay in control. The COOMBAck also features an early tip rise so you will spend more time on the snow and less time eating it. it is also remarkably easy to control at speed and light enough to take anywhere in the backcountry, so whether your adventures take you into the mountains on skins or in a helicopter the COOMBAck will keep you smiling and having fun when the snow falls and no one else has touched it. For 11/12 the addition of a Carbon Web creates an added level of responsiveness without increasing weight. K2 COOMBAck features: Performance: Soft Snow 50% Variable Snow 50% Sidecut: 135/102/121 Sizes: 167, 174, 181, 188 Radius: 22m@174 Construction: Torsion Box Cap Core: Fir/Aspen Weight: 1800g@ 174 Binding Options: Flat Tip and Tail Attachments Holes, Flat/Notched Tail