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If skiing was food, riding lifts would be frozen pizza and ski mountaineering would be a perfect souffle: both are delicious, but one can be done by anyone while the other takes time, effort, and dedication. In this scenario, the K2 Wayback 96 Ski is the fine tool of a top chef, designed to slice and dice whatever conditions the backcountry offers up, from firm windblown to spring corn to funky alpine hardpack to powder. K2's All-Terrain rocker boasts underfoot camber to make short work of hard and crusty snow, while the moderate tip rocker and slight tail rocker let the Wayback float over powder and cruise through variable conditions. The slight tail rocker also makes it easy to plunge the Wayback into the snow for use as an anchor or just to keep it from taking off down the hill. The Wayback's lighter than a souffle, too, at under seven pounds per pair, so the skin track or bootpack won't be a huge chore. It's constructed with a lightweight paulownia core with strategically placed maple for stiffness, and has a Carbon Web laminate that gives it some backbone without tacking on extra ounces. The torsion box construction keeps it nice and stiff through the turn, while the Hybritech sidewalls combine a smooth-turning and lightweight cap construction with partial sidewalls for hardcore edge grip when things firm up on you. Even the topsheet is designed to be light, with a Snowphobic treatment that prevents snow from building up. Last but not least, the Wayback comes fully kitted out with K2's Z-Clip tip and tail skin grommets, so you can slap on a pair of K2 skins and be hitting the skinner before your buddies have their boots on.
With tip and tail taper, shovel rocker and a slight tail rocker, the WayBack 96 is ideal for ski tourers who desire a ride that excels on corn and firm windblown, but is wide enough to float in pow.
With tip and tail taper, enhanced shovel Rocker and a slight tail Rocker, the K2 Wayback 96 the ideal tool for the modern ski tourer who desires a sled that excels on both spring corn and firm windblown, but is still wide enough to float in the soft stuff.
- Mountain Gear
What goes up, can have fun going down. And if your idea of up means skinning instead of lifts, the K2 Wayback could mean more fun on the way back down. A superlight wood core with an abundance of carbon fiber makes this adventure ski one of the lightest mid-fats on the market. It excels at long approaches and pays increasingly greater dividends the farther one ventures into the mountains. The All-Terrain shovel rocker, combined with the shallow, progressive sidecut, makes the Wayback ultra-predictable in high-alpine conditions like sastrugi or sun crust. The rocker also makes trail-breaking virtually effortless. Radius: 22 m @ 174 cm All-terrain rocker: 70% camber, 30% rocker Torsion box cap 14/12 progressive sidecut, powder tip, tip and tail attachment holes, flat/notched tail