K2 Gotback (2010)

Category ranking: No. 4 Average score: 3.62 Balance of skills: 3.70 Best for: The less skilled: It’s a great teacher. Not for: Slalom turns
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Category ranking: No. 4 Average score: 3.62 Balance of skills: 3.70 Best for: The less skilled: It’s a great teacher. Not for: Slalom turns
k2 gotback thumb 2010

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Price: $825.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 135/102/121
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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.