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The legacy of Doug Coombs lives on in this fully redesigned La Grave edition of the K2 Coomback. At 104mm underfoot, the new backside ski features tip and tail taper, sidewalls underfoot and increased Rocker. Building on the CoomBack legacy, the new CoomBack 104 has increased ease, versatility and edge hold than it's predecessor.
- Mountain Gear
Inspired by the wild terrain of La Grave, France. It's quicker and more versatile than the 114, and weighs in at a reasonable 1,650 grams, but it's still a surf-enabled powder purist at heart. The two-model Coomback series (104 and 114) is named for and inspired by K2 athlete and spiritual guide Doug Coombs (Legend), who lived his life in the winter backcountry (especially La Grave). K2 lightens the core by mixing super-light paulownia wood with durable maple. All K2 Backside models are lightweight torsion-box constructions on wood cores, with carbon and fiberglass reinforcement. HybriTech Sidewall construction combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap fore and aft for supple flex. K2's All-Terrain Rocker combines 70 percent camber with 30 percent tip/shovel rocker to smooth the ride, enhance forgiveness and improve soft-snow flotation. Snowphobic topsheets are chemically treated to shed snow that would otherwise add weight on ascents. All Backside skis have removeable tip and tail grommets for easy attachment of K2 Z-Clip climbing skins. Construction: Torsion Box, Hybritech Sidewall, Paulownia/Maple core. Binding Options: Flat Features: Skin Grommets, Carbon Web, SnoPhobic Topsheet, Tapered Tip and Tail, Powder Tip Baseline: All-Terrain Rocker CARBON WEB: Carbon weave where the strands of carbon are laid at precise angles for an additional level of torsional rigidity on the secondary core. This keeps the ski light but gives you the additional torsional strength where you need it most. ALL TERRAIN ROCKER: All-Terrain Rocker features an elevated tip for variable and soft snow performance, as well as camber underfoot for power, energy, and edge-hold in firmer conditions. Simply put, All-Terrain Rocker offers versatility and ease in all snow conditions. HYBRITECH SIDEWALL: Hybritech is a unique blend of sidewall and cap constructions. The construction combines the accuracy, power, and performance of sidewall underfoot with the lightweight characteristics and smooth turn initiation of cap construction. SNOPHOBIC TOPSHEET: Since snow collecting on the ski can add pounds to a climb, our SnoPhobic tops keep you light with a new snow-repellent topsheet. The running surface along the bottom of a ski is hydrophobic by design, so we've developed a thinner version of the same material to use on the BackSide model-specific topsheets. SKIN GROMMETS: The new freeride tip and tail grommets are a clean, simple design that no longer requires a plug. The durable rubber coating disguises a slit designed to accommodate both the Z clip for our skin attachments, and the components to build a rescue sled.
The K2 Coomback 114 Ski is a new take on a classic, much-loved ski. At 114 it's a bit wider underfoot than previous iterations, meaning you're going to get even more of that surfy feel you love on those deep days. Full sidewalls underfoot give this ski incredible edge control for something this wide, while the tip and tail rocker, as well as the rocker in front, all add up to a ski that is surprisingly agile and playful for something of this size. And even though it's certainly not of the "skinny-ski" variety, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find the paulownia and maple wood core to be fairly lightweight when you're hitting that skintrack for your fourth dawn patrol of the week. To ensure both torsional rigidity and durability, K2 added a torsion box in the core as well as the Hybritech sidewalls, so you won't have to worry about things getting squirrelly or blowing out an edge when you're doing mach-looney down a big line. When you get back to base camp at the end of the day, exhausted from a long day of trekking, jam the flat tails into the snow and hang your wet baselayers up to dry on your impromptu clothesline.
An encore tribute to the CoomBack legacy, the CoomBack 114 Backcountry Ski now features sidewall construction underfoot for solid edge hold on firm snow while still being light and playful in powder.