Gear of the Week: K2 Hardside

A versatile, backcountry-ready ski that still handles well inbounds.
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K2’s Backside series is designed for off-piste skiing, but we’ve found that Hardside is also a more than capable inbounds ski, too. At 98 underfoot it floated through powder, but it also performed well in chunked up crud, and on the hard stuff. It’s smooth, stable and powerful: a good all-around ski for people who make turns on both sides of the rope.

Read our tester’s review.


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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.