K2 Empress (2016)

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Price: $400.00
Year: 2016
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Gender: Female
Waist Width: 85
Tip/Tail/Waist: 113-85-104
Lengths: 149,159,169

The affordably priced Empress, which will sell in many shops for about $300, has the same waist width as the MissConduct, but a longer sidecut radius that's less carvy, more newschool-smeary, as well as a park-specific rocker profile and flex pattern. Like the MisConduct, it's a lively metal-free construction with an aspen core. All models in K2's women's Freestyle collection are twintips, ranging in width from a park-ready 85 mm (MissConduct and Empress) to a powder specific 112 (Remedy 112). All are metal-free, wood-core constructions. The MissConduct's core is aspen wrapped in reinforcing fiberglass. HybriTech Sidewall construction combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap fore and aft for supple flex. K2's TwinTech Sidewall construction uses a layer of rubber to cushion the shocks of hard landings and rough terrain. Moderate rocker adds surfiness in soft snow and powder as well as shock absorption in rough terrain; camber underfoot promotes positive edge grip and adds rebound energy.

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