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Waist Width: 114
The Coomback 114 is the backcountry ski for those who want to make the most of the deep snow they find. Its 114 mm waist and generous rocker give it flotation and surfiness that others in the Backside collection lack. The tradeoff is weight: It packs 1,800 grams in the 177-cm length. The two-model Coomback series (104 and 114) is named for and inspired by K2 athlete and spiritual guide Doug Coombs, who lived his life in the winter backcountry. K2 lightens the core by mixing super-light paulownia wood with durable maple. All K2 Backside models are lightweight torsion-box constructions on wood cores, with carbon and fiberglass reinforcement. HybriTech Sidewall construction combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap fore and aft for supple flex. K2's All-Terrain Rocker combines 70 percent camber with 30 percent tip/shovel rocker to smooth the ride, enhance forgiveness and improve soft-snow flotation. Snowphobic topsheets are chemically treated to shed snow that would otherwise add weight on ascents. All Backside skis have removeable tip and tail grommets for easy attachment of K2 Z-Clip climbing skins. In addition to skins, K2 offers a full line of backcountry equipment: probes, shovels, ski-carry packs, adjustable poles, and even a shovel/ice-axe combo tool. Skin choices include economical nylon or easier-gliding mohair/nylon blend, and are available either trim-to-fit (cutting tool included) or precut to fit some K2 models.