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The men's K2 Wayback 96 skis offer the comfort and ease for multiday hut tours and the confidence and precision for steep skiing objectives, so you can have your cake and eat it, too.
K2's Wayback 96 Ski is designed to, well, take you way back into the backcountry so you can find some fresh, fun lines. Its 96 millimeter waist is just narrow enough to not weigh you down on the climbs, but versatile enough to plow through powder and crud alike. A rockered tip and tail further add to the ski's ability to get after it on the descents by keeping you on top when the going gets deep, and a snow-phobic topsheet ensures you won't be weighed down when it's time to get back on the skin track for another lap. Weighing in at under seven pounds per pair, the Wayback obviously won't hold you back on the skin track, but K2 revamped the ski for this season to find the optimal blend of uphill efficiency without compromising downhill performance. This comes from a Titanal spine for better dampening and stability that you'd typically find in a resort-centric ski, while a lively paulownia core maintains the low weight and fun feel. Two sheets of fiberglass and carbon stringers sandwich the core and spine, adding stiffness to the ride for an enjoyable descent that'll have you slapping your skins on again and heading back up.
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
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