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The Best Men’s All-Mountain Wide Skis of 2022: K2 Mindbender 108Ti

Back for its third year at the SKI Test, the K2 Mindbender 108Ti continues to be one of the highlights of the line according to our SKI Testers.

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Brand: K2

Model: Mindbender 108Ti

Overall Ranking: #9

Overall Score: 3.79 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

136-108-125

Lengths (cm)

172, 179, 186, 193

Radius (m)

22.9 (186 length)

Waist Width (mm)

108

Gender

Male

Level

Intermediate to Expert

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Aspen, Titanal

Sidewall Construction

Sandwich

Stability at Speed

4.04 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

3.5 / 5

Playfulness

3.5 / 5

Forgiveness

3.54 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.86 / 5

Crud Performance

3.07 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.64 / 5

Flotation

4 / 5

2022 K2 Mindbender 108Ti

While the Mindbender line’s graphics continue to get more mind-bending, the skis have mostly remained the same since their launch two years ago. The wider flagship ski of the line, the 108 TI, remains a tester favorite for all of the beefy crud busting abilities as well as its smooth turn initiation and exit, just as long as testers had enough speed to activate these traits. “Every day, everywhere, no fuss,” notes tester Matt Schiller. “Jack of many coats for regular guys. Feeling good and looking good are the goals achieved.”

The K2’s high level of smoothness and stability might get some skiers thinking they are better than they are. Or, as tester Drew Crosby describes, “For the skier who likes to go fast and slightly out of control in questionable snow conditions yelling ‘On your left! On your left!’” Considering a fourth-place rank for Crud Performance, the Mindbender 108 TI is sure to make some skiers think they are better than they actually are.

While the easy story to tell about the Mindbender 108 TI is about the modified upper sheet of Titanal above a fir and aspen wood core and another full sheet of Titanal, the real power and stability of the ski comes from the Powerwall sidewalls. Made out of very dense polyurethane, the red inserts underfoot do provide an undeniably stable ride in all sorts of variable terrain, while the almost floppy rockered tip and tail gobble up soft snow with near reckless abandon. As tester Mike Britt concisely describes, the ski is “damp, burly, and stable at speed.”

  • Strengths: Hard Snow Integrity (4th in category), Crud Performance (4th)
  • Weaknesses: Quickness/Maneuverability (17th), Playfulness (15th)

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K2 Mindbender 108Ti – 2021 All-Mountain Wide Ski Review

2021 K2 Mindbender 108Ti Men's All-Mountain Wide Ski
2021 K2 Mindbender 108Ti Men’s All-Mountain Wide SkiPhoto courtesy of K2

The testers sounded relieved about the Mindbender 108Ti’s ease of use. The consensus was that the ski does what it’s asked without fuss, and—with the highest category score for Forgiveness—won’t punch back if your legs are tired or your form is a little sloppy. The ski’s fir and aspen wood core, Titanal Y-Beam, and oversized PowerWall sidewalls underfoot mean it can still hold its own when pushed hard, too.

STRENGTHS: Forgiveness, Quickness

WEAKNESSES: Hard-Snow Integrity, Crud Performance

K2 Mindbender 108Ti - 2021 All-Mountain Wide Ski Scores
OVERALL SCORE 3.97 / 5
FLOTATION 3.87 / 5
QUICKNESS / MANEUVERABILITY 4.21 / 5
PLAYFULNESS 4.08 / 5
FORGIVENESS 4 / 5
HARD SNOW PERFORMANCE 3.75 / 5
CRUD PERFORMANCE 3.83 / 5
BALANCE OF SKILLS 3.92 / 5

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