Rating: 3.28 / 5
Waist Width: 85
Stability at speed: 3.30 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.90 / 5
Crud performance: 3.30 / 5
Flotation: 1.75 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.75 / 5
Overall: 3.28 / 5
How does a ski earn No. 1 rankings in four criteria (Quickness, Playfulness, Forgiveness, and Crud) but not win the category? Because the new iKonic is an optimist. Its idea of "hard snow" is groomed velvet, and it gladly sacrifices some performance on the hardest snow to be all those other things. The iKonic features K2's new perimeter-weighting construction: dense over the edges; light and airy down the middle. There's metal reinforcement, but it's strategically placed. Casey: "Fun! Not fair putting this one in with all the race skis."
NOTES: The 85 Ti is the top-of-the-line model in K2's new iKonic series of all-mountain skis. It's the fattest in the series, for maximum soft-snow versatility, and has the longest sidecut (17 meters), which favors medium to long arcs and high speeds. Its core is a mix of sturdy aspen and lightweight paulownia. The system version comes with a 12-DIN binding.
The iKonic is a new series of all-mountain generalists, designed for maximum versatility in everyday conditions. Waist widths range from a piste-centric 75 mm to a more versatile 85 mm. All feature K2's new Konic technology, which amounts to perimeter weighting for skis. Mass is concentrated over the edges (denser core woods and in some models metal reinforcement), with lighter materials down the middle. That's designed to give each Konic model powerful edge grip while keeping the overall construction light and lively. In Ti-designated models (85 Ti, 80 Ti, and 78 Ti), metal laminates are placed in key edge-grip zones over the edge, rather than wall-to-wall as in most metal-reinforced layups. A touch of tapering in the tip (the widest point of the ski is moved aft) keeps Konic series skis loose in the snow, making turn entries easy to feather. 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. High-end iKonic models are wood core torsion box constructions (a fiberglass sheath wraps the core for maximum torisional rigidity); less expensive Konic models feature lighter, less expensive composite (foam) cores. All are sold either flat or with binding.