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Best Men’s Frontside Skis: K2 Mindbender 90Ti

Check out the ski industry's most comprehensive review of the 2022 K2 Mindbender 90Ti Frontside ski, one of SKI Mag's Official Selections.

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Brand: K2

Model: Mindbender 90Ti

Overall Ranking: #8

Overall Score: 3.82 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

127-90-114

Lengths (cm)

163, 170, 177, 184

Radius (m)

17.9 (177 length)

Waist Width (mm)

90

Gender

Unisex

Level

Intermediate to Expert

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Wood, Titanal

Stability at Speed

4 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.04 / 5

Playfulness

3.96 / 5

Forgiveness

3.89 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.57 / 5

Crud Performance

3.79 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.79 / 5

Flotation

3.54 / 5

2022 K2 Mindbender 90Ti

While the K2 Mindbender line is renowned for its ability to “set it and forget it” when getting on edge, the Mindbender 90Ti seems to have just a little more backbone than the rest of the line. Testers loved the stiffness in the shovel and tail, but acknowledged that stiffness made the sweet spot just a little harder to find. Once the testers found it, however, it was game-on. “Eats crud like it ain’t no thing,” comments SKI Test Director Jon Jay. “Just stay forward or else they can get a little loose in variable terrain.”

Built with K2’s Titanal Y beam and a maple and aspen blended wood core, it’s easy to see why these puppies can go pedal to the metal on smooth snow. But because they have K2’s signature level of forgiveness, they don’t punish the user for mistakes and have an absolute ball away from groomed terrain. If you love steep, chalky snow, you’ll love these. “A ‘check out all different parts of the mountain’ ski,” notes tester Todd Casey. “Skiing through variable snow on the Mindbender 90Ti was fun and the ski held up well.”

Because this is the narrowest member of the Titanal Mindbenders, testers found the 90Ti to be a bit tippy, as if it only wanted to be on edge when barreling down the fall line. This quickness was appreciated by some, but required others to speed check to keep things under control. Either way, the message was clear: Keep the edges sharp for maximum carving pleasure. “Quick from turn to turn and smooth as cream cheese,” notes tester Bob Gleason. “They open up the throttle in wider spaces and leave chemtrails out the back.”

  • Strengths: Forgiveness (4th in category), Flotation (4th)
  • Weaknesses: Hard Snow Integrity (12th), Stability at Speed (11th)

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K2 Mindbender 90Ti – 2021 Men’s Frontside Ski Review

2021 K2 Mindbender 90Ti Men's frontside ski Photo courtesy of K2
The 2021 K2 Mindbender 90Ti Men’s Frontside ski.Photo courtesy of K2

The SKI Test crew took the Mindbender 90Ti all over the place at Taos Ski Valley, and not a single skier had anything negative to say about it. At lower speeds, the K2 remains easy to get on edge and maintains a friendly demeanor in every situation. As the testers’ speed increased, they were thrilled to report that the ski remained damp, capable, and stable.

STRENGTHS: Forgiveness, Quickness

WEAKNESSES: Crud Performance, Versatility

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K2 Mindbender 90Ti - 2021 Men's Frontside Ski Score
OVERALL SCORE 4.16 / 5
QUICKNESS / MANEUVERABILITY 4.19 / 5
PLAYFULNESS 4.15 / 5
FORGIVENESS 4.15 / 5
HARD SNOW PERFORMANCE 4.19 / 5
CRUD PERFORMANCE 3.88 / 5
BALANCE OF SKILLS 4.07 / 5

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