K2 Coomba 114 (2017)

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Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 114
Tip/Tail/Waist: 140-114-118
Lengths: 170, 177, 184

The 2017 K2 Coomba 114, formerly the Coomback, returns unchanged for 2017, except for the throwback name and a new graphic. Still the widest ski in K2's Backside series, it's for those who want to make the most of the deep snow they work so hard to find. Rocker and taper combine for slashy, easy-to-pivot performance in deep snow, and the Coomba's 114-mm waist gives it flotation that others in the Backside collection lack. The tradeoff is weight: It packs 1,800 grams in the 177-cm length. The two Coomba models in the Backside series (114 and 104) are named for and inspired by K2 athlete and spiritual guide Doug Coombs, who lived his life in the winter backcountry. There are four models in K2's Backside series, ranging in width from 88 to 114 mm and in weight from about 1,200 to 1,800 grams (depending on size). All are lightweight torsion-box constructions on wood cores, with carbon and fiberglass reinforcement. In the three widest models, K2 lightens the core by mixing airy paulownia wood with dense, durable maple. The narrowest and lightest model, the Wayback 88, gets a superlight balsa core with integrated flax-fiber stringers for vibration dampening. In all models, K2's HybriTech Sidewall construction combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot, for edge grip, with lightweight cap fore and aft for supple flex. The tip and tail get extra torsional reinforcement from carbon fibers laid at 45-degree angles for additional edge hold. K2's All-Terrain Rocker combines 70 percent camber with 30 percent tip/shovel rocker to smooth the ride and improve soft-snow flotation. All Backside skis have removable tip and tail grommets for easy attachment of pre-sized K2 Z-Clip climbing skins, and are designed to be used with K2 shovels to build a rescue sled. K2 offers a full line of backcountry equipment: probes, shovels, ski-carry packs, adjustable poles, and even a shovel/ice-axe combo tool. 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.