Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.92 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.50 / 5
Crud performance: 3.72 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.72 / 5
A rockered shovel is the story here. Reverse camber isn’t new—the late Shane McConkey invented it in 2001—but combining it with a traditional or flat tail is. And it handily solves rockered skis’ dilemma: They smeared through pow like a speedboat in a pond, but couldn’t get back to the lift without a siren and bullhorn. The GotBack (part of K2’s new sidecountry-oriented Backside line) is the movement’s poster child, carving remarkably on groomed. “Most versatile ski of the day,” said Beekman.