Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 90
Lengths: 159, 164, 169, 174, 179
The new Iron Maiden is a partnership project between K2 and the eponymous heavy metal band, taking its topsheet from the dark, violent cover art for the group's Troopers album. K2 positions it as half all-mountain, half-park sk It's available flat or pre-drilled with binding insert rings to accept the 10-DIN Marker Squire Schizo binding, which allows on-hill switching of mounting point over a 6 cm range ($1,000 with binding). It's a metal-free wood-core (aspen) construction with Absorb Sidewalls, which incorporate elastic material to cushion hard landings, especially on rails and/or urban features. K2's TwinTech sidewalls are beveled inward at the top to protect them from damage caused by the other ski's edge. With its Bi-Directional Taper shape, the tip is only slightly wider than the tail, so its effective sidecut radius isn't drastically different going backward than it is going forward. K2's All-Terrain Rocker combines 70 percent camber with 30 percent tip/shovel rocker to smooth the ride, enhance forgiveness and improve soft-snow flotation. Tip and tail hardware is removable, and the holes readily accept trim-to-fit K2 skins for touring. As with all Factory Team skis, the edges are extra thick (3.5 mm) for enhanced durability, and the base graphic is as cool as the topsheet.