K2 iKonic 85Ti (2017) - Ski Mag

K2 iKonic 85Ti (2017)

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Rating: 2.84 / 5
Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 85
Tip/Tail/Waist: 126-85-114
Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184

Stability at speed: 2.53 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.53 / 5
Crud performance: 2.89 / 5
Flotation: 2.32 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.99 / 5
Overall: 2.84 / 5

The returning 85 Ti is the top-of-the-line model in K2's 2017 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, and for 2017 it gets additional reinforcement in key zones with the addition of carbon-fiber weave in the forebody and the tail. It's sold either flat or as a system with a 12-DIN K2-branded, Marker-made MXC binding. The iKonic series, which debuted last year (2015-16), is a six-model collection of all-mountain generalists, designed for maximum versatility in everyday conditions. The series returns unchanged, except that the flagship-model 85Ti now benefits from the addition of carbon-fiber reinforcement in the tip and tail to give it extra stiffness and edge power in key transmission zones. Waist widths range from a piste-centric 75 mm to a more versatile 85 mm. All feature K2's 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 (85Ti, 80Ti, and 78Ti), 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. K2 was founded in 1962 by the Kirschner brothers, who pioneered the use of fiberglass in ski construction at their Vashon Island, Wash., factory. The brand is now based in Seattle and builds its skis in China. It is owned by Newell Brands, a consumer products conglomerate. -J.C.

The returning 85 Ti is the top-of-the-line model in K2's 2017 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, and for 2017 it gets additional reinforcement in key zones with the addition of carbon-fiber weave in the forebody and the tail. It's sold either flat or as a system with a 12-DIN K2-branded, Marker-made MXC binding.

The iKonic series, which debuted last year (2015-16), is a six-model collection of all-mountain generalists, designed for maximum versatility in everyday conditions. The series returns unchanged, except that the flagship-model 85Ti now benefits from the addition of carbon-fiber reinforcement in the tip and tail to give it extra stiffness and edge power in key transmission zones. Waist widths range from a piste-centric 75 mm to a more versatile 85 mm. All feature K2's 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 (85Ti, 80Ti, and 78Ti), 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.

K2 was founded in 1962 by the Kirschner brothers, who pioneered the use of fiberglass in ski construction at their Vashon Island, Wash., factory. The brand is now based in Seattle and builds its skis in China. It is owned by Newell Brands, a consumer products conglomerate. -J.C.

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