Where the AfterShock features K2’s “all-terrain” rocker, its little brother the Rictor gets “speed rocker.” Just the forward 10 percent is rockered—the rest is traditionally cambered. K2 pairs that profile with a huge tip and aggressive sidecut for an 80-mm ski that carves with enthusiasm but never talks back. It gets excellent marks in forgiveness—truly an everyday frontside ski an a worthy successor to the late, great Apache Recon. “The tip rocker loosens up the front of the ski, making it just plain easy to turn and more versatile off– piste for such a narrow ski,” said one of our ski testers, Mark Elling. Year: 2011 Level: Intermediate Gender: Male Tip/Waist/Tail: 152/90/113 MSRP: $1125.00 Stability at Speed: 3.35 / 5 Quickness/Bumps: 3.23 / 5 Forgiveness/Fun: 3.55 / 5 Crud Performance: 2.98 / 5 Hard Snow Integrity: 2.91 / 5 Mogul Performance: 3.23 / 5
K2 After Shock (2011)
K2 goes deep with rocker. Almost every ski in the line gets some, from huge helpings in powder skis to subtle tip rocker that makes hard-snow skis easier for skidders to pivot. In an all-mountain ski like the After Shock, a 15-cm section of tip rocker gives it float in powder, smooth shock-absorption and quickness in bumps and crud, and forgiving maneuverability on hard snow. That left our 174 cm test length with about 160 cm of traditional camber—plus two sheets of metal—with which to carve trenches as deep as we cared to. “Fun, lively, quick and easy. A true one-ski-quiver ski,” said Garrett.