K2 DarkSide (2013)

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Price: $1000.00
Year: 2013
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 128
Tip/Tail/Waist: 156-128-144
Lengths: 174, 181, 188

Like the Pon2oon, the Darkside is built for all powder all the time. It's a noticeably more demanding ride, but also more rewarding for those who can ski it with authority. It's a wood-core (aspen/paulownia), Hybritech Sidewall construction (sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap fore and aft for supple flex). With no metal reinforcement, it weighs in at 2,290 grams (at 181 cm length). K2's Powder rocker in this case combines 50 percent camber from about the toepiece aft with 50 percent rocker from there forward a profile designed to give it plenty of smeary flotation in deep snow with a reassuringly stable feel in the tail for runouts and the occasional hard snow. The Powder Tip is tapered so it's less easily deflected and swing weight is reduced. For those expecting to use it as a touring ski, pre-cut skins are sold separately, and the tip and tail have skin-ready attachment holes.