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Manufacturer's Description

Visit K2's WayBack 96 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

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 it 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.

- Backcountry.com

Light, fast and responsive. The K2 Wayback is a lightweight touring ski that has the backbone to take on everything from alpine powder fields to steep couloirs. Built on the principle that a light weight ski should not only excel on the up but perform just as well on the down. The Wayback uses a mix of lightweight construction and contemporary design to make sure that the descent is still the reward. Early rise tips, camber underfoot and a slight upturn in the tail, make a recipe for precise control. The early rise tip guides the ski through variable snow conditions while helping the float in powder. With two-thirds of the ski consisting of traditional camber, the ability for quick edge to edge transfers and responsiveness is not lost. The slightly raised tail allows the rider to power through the end of the turn while the tapered shape adds a little forgiveness. For those looking for a light, technical ski the Wayback 96 is designed to go higher, further, deeper. The Wayback starts with a Paulownia and Maple core. Next, is a interlaced Carbon Fiber webbing that adds torsional stiffness while keeping weight down. For a lightweight and durable combination, a half cap half sidewall construction is used. The sections of traditional sidewall add rigidity while the partial cap saves weight. Finally K2 uses its patented "Snowphobic" topsheet, which allows the ski to shed snow. a All-Terrain Rocker a Torsion box construction a Hybritech sidewall a Skin grommets a Carbon web for additional torsional rigidity a Snophobic topsheet

- Bentgate.com

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

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.