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Waist Width: 98
Every model in K2’s massive ski collection features one of five variations of the rocker concept: All Terrain (moderate tip rocker plus camber), Speed (very mild tip rocker plus camber), Catch Free (mild tip-and-tail rocker plus camber), Jib (mild tip-and-tail rocker plus a flat midsection), and Powder (rockered forebody plus cambered rear). Like all models in K2’s Backside Adventure series, the HardSide features holes in the tip and tail to accommodate pre-cut climbing skins (sold separately). At 98mm in the waist, the HardSide is the group’s most versatile ski, designed to handle powder, crud, and firm snow with equal aplomb. All Terrain rocker keeps it floaty and maneuverable, but features enough traditional camber to maintain edge grip on firm snow and sketchy traverses. Lightweight construction makes it easier to haul uphill than other skis of comparable width.