K2 Fulluvit 98Ti (2016)

2016 Women's K2 FulLUVit 98 Ti

Rating: 3.32 / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 98
Tip/Tail/Waist: 131-98-119
Lengths: 163,170,177

Stability at speed: 3.26 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.99 / 5
Crud performance: 3.03 / 5
Flotation: 2.89 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.56 / 5
Overall: 3.32 / 5

It's not the most powerful ski in the test. The FulLUVit is just the most fun, testers said. K2 designed it to be light (milling out channels of air in the core) but made sure there's enough mass where it's needed-underfoot and over the edges—to be trustworthy. Testers admitted they worried such a light ski would be a noodle; instead, they said, it specializes in instilling confidence. Moffatt: "An ego booster. Fun, totally versatile, and incredibly friendly. Would work for any ability level."

Notes: With its 98 mm waist, the FulLUVit offers more quickness, edginess, and hard-snow versatility than the wider LuvBoat, its stablemate in K2’s Freeride series. Its wood core is metal reinforced, for additional hard-snow performance and a quieter ride at high speeds. K2 intends it for expert women who are afraid of fat skis and ski primarily in soft snow.

The Freeride collection includes two wide-waisted soft-snow specialists, the 108-mm Luv Boat and the 98-mm FulLUVit. Both are flat tailed, “directional” designs built for a secure, traditional feel. (As opposed to the looser, smearier twintips of K2’s Freestyle collection.) Both models have tapered tips, where the widest part of the ski is moved back from the tip, for lighter swing weight and a slashy, quick feel in deep snow. K2’s Bioflex cores feature flex patterns specifically tuned for the needs of women, with lighter woods down the middle for reduced swing weight and denser wood over the edges for solid edge grip. Channel Light Cores have grooves milled into them tip to tail to reduce weight and soften flex. The Luv Boat’s core is a mix of aspen, paulownia and bamboo, wrapped in fiberglass reinforcement.HybriTech Sidewall construction combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap 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.