Gear of the Week: K2 Rictor

Rocker technology has trickled down from the fattest powder skis, and will help you navigate everything from hard snow to choppy crud. Check out the K2 Rictor for a versatile ski with "speed terrain" rocker.
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Rocker technology has trickled down from the fattest powder skis, and will help you navigate everything from hard snow to choppy crud. Check out the K2 Rictor for a versatile ski with "speed terrain" rocker.
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Where the AfterShock features K2’s “all-terrain” rocker, its little brother the Rictor gets “speed rocker.” Just the forward 10 percent is rockered—the rest is traditionally cambered. K2 pairs that profile with a huge tip and aggressive sidecut for an 80-mm ski that carves with enthusiasm but never talks back. It gets excellent marks in forgiveness—truly an everyday frontside ski an a worthy successor to the late, great Apache Recon. “The tip rocker loosens up the front of the ski, making it just plain easy to turn and more versatile off– piste for such a narrow ski,” said one of our ski testers, Mark Elling. Year: 2011 Level: Intermediate Gender: Male Tip/Waist/Tail: 152/90/113 MSRP: $1125.00 Stability at Speed: 3.35 / 5 Quickness/Bumps: 3.23 / 5 Forgiveness/Fun: 3.55 / 5 Crud Performance: 2.98 / 5 Hard Snow Integrity: 2.91 / 5 Mogul Performance: 3.23 / 5