K2 AlLuvit 88 (2017)

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Rating: 2.87 / 5
Price: $800.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 88
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-88-110
Lengths: 156, 163, 170

Stability at speed: 2.65 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.54 / 5
Crud performance: 3.00 / 5
Flotation: 3.11 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.11 / 5
Overall: 2.87 / 5

K2 adds the new 2017 AlLUVit 88 to its women's Freeride collection to "bridge the gap between freeride and all-mountain." It retains a freeride sensibility with generous rocker and tip/tail tapering for surfy fun in loose snow, but its 88-mm waist won't pout on hardpack the way wider skis sometimes do. K2's expanded women's Freeride Collection now includes three skis: two wide-waisted soft-snow specialists, the 105-mm Luv Boat and the 98-mm FulLUVit, plus a new mid-fat model, the 88-mm AlLUVit, which has been added to bridge the gap between the Freeride collection and the narrower skis of the All-Mountain collection. All are flat tailed, "directional" designs built for a secure, traditional feel. (As opposed to the looser, smearier twin-tips of K2's Freestyle collection.) All models have tapered tips and tails (ie., the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot), for lighter swing weight and a slashy, quick feel in loose snow. All feature new Konic versions of K2's Bioflex cores, with flex patterns specifically tuned for the needs of women. The Konic cores are a combination of lightweight Nanolite foam down the middle with wood and reinforcing metal used only over the edges, where they're most needed for edge grip and stability without excess weight. K2's HybriTech Sidewall combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip with rounded-over cap sidewalls fore and aft for supple flex. Moderate rocker adds a measure of surfiness in soft snow and powder as well as shock absorption in rough terrain; camber underfoot promotes positive edge grip and adds rebound energy. All Freeride Collection skis are sold flat (no binding). K2 was founded in 1962 by the Kirschner brothers, who pioneered the use of fiberglass in ski construction at their Vashon Island, Wash., factory. The brand is now based in Seattle and builds its skis in China. It is owned by Newell Brands, a consumer products conglomerate. -J.C.

K2 adds the new 2017 AlLUVit 88 to its women's Freeride collection to "bridge the gap between freeride and all-mountain." It retains a freeride sensibility with generous rocker and tip/tail tapering for surfy fun in loose snow, but its 88-mm waist won't pout on hardpack the way wider skis sometimes do.

K2's expanded women's Freeride Collection now includes three skis: two wide-waisted soft-snow specialists, the 105-mm Luv Boat and the 98-mm FulLUVit, plus a new mid-fat model, the 88-mm AlLUVit, which has been added to bridge the gap between the Freeride collection and the narrower skis of the All-Mountain collection. All are flat tailed, "directional" designs built for a secure, traditional feel. (As opposed to the looser, smearier twin-tips of K2's Freestyle collection.) All models have tapered tips and tails (ie., the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot), for lighter swing weight and a slashy, quick feel in loose snow. All feature new Konic versions of K2's Bioflex cores, with flex patterns specifically tuned for the needs of women. The Konic cores are a combination of lightweight Nanolite foam down the middle with wood and reinforcing metal used only over the edges, where they're most needed for edge grip and stability without excess weight. K2's HybriTech Sidewall combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip with rounded-over cap sidewalls fore and aft for supple flex. Moderate rocker adds a measure of surfiness in soft snow and powder as well as shock absorption in rough terrain; camber underfoot promotes positive edge grip and adds rebound energy. All Freeride Collection skis are sold flat (no binding).

K2 was founded in 1962 by the Kirschner brothers, who pioneered the use of fiberglass in ski construction at their Vashon Island, Wash., factory. The brand is now based in Seattle and builds its skis in China. It is owned by Newell Brands, a consumer products conglomerate. -J.C.

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