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Waist Width: 78
The 78 Ti is the narrowest of the metal-reinforced Konics, built for maximumum quickness and edge grip on hard snow and high speeds on-trail. There's no taper in the tip, so hook-up is more instantaneous at turn initiation, and carves are more automatic. A foam core keeps it light and quick. It's sold with a less-expensive, medium-duty 10-DIN Marker binding, or flat. 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.