K2 Luv Boat 105 (2017)

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Rating: 2.88 / 5
Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 105
Tip/Tail/Waist: 137-105-121
Lengths: 163, 170, 177

Stability at speed: 2.37 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.70 / 5
Crud performance: 2.27 / 5
Flotation: 3.59 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.51 / 5
Overall: 2.88 / 5

The new Luv Boat, which returns with a slimmer 105-mm waist and new construction for 2017 (it was 108 mm last year), is still the widest of the three skis in K2's Freeride collection of powder-ready fat skis. Its foam-down-the-middle construction and tip/tail tapering keeps it lively, light, and loose in the snow. Its generous waist width will float and smear in deep powder. K2's expanded women's Freeride Collection now includes three skis: two wide-waisted soft-snow specialists, the 105-mm Luv Boat and the 98-mm FulLUVit, plus a new mid-fat model, the 88-mm AlLUVit, which has been added to bridge the gap between the Freeride collection and the narrower skis of the All-Mountain collection. All are flat tailed, "directional" designs built for a secure, traditional feel. (As opposed to the looser, smearier twin-tips of K2's Freestyle collection.) All models have tapered tips and tails (ie., the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot), for lighter swing weight and a slashy, quick feel in loose snow. All feature new Konic versions of K2's Bioflex cores, with flex patterns specifically tuned for the needs of women. The Konic cores are a combination of lightweight Nanolite foam down the middle with wood and reinforcing metal used only over the edges, where they're most needed for edge grip and stability without excess weight. K2's HybriTech Sidewall combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip with rounded-over cap sidewalls fore and aft for supple flex. 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. All Freeride Collection skis are sold flat (no 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 new Luv Boat, which returns with a slimmer 105-mm waist and new construction for 2017 (it was 108 mm last year), is still the widest of the three skis in K2's Freeride collection of powder-ready fat skis. Its foam-down-the-middle construction and tip/tail tapering keeps it lively, light, and loose in the snow. Its generous waist width will float and smear in deep powder.

K2's expanded women's Freeride Collection now includes three skis: two wide-waisted soft-snow specialists, the 105-mm Luv Boat and the 98-mm FulLUVit, plus a new mid-fat model, the 88-mm AlLUVit, which has been added to bridge the gap between the Freeride collection and the narrower skis of the All-Mountain collection. All are flat tailed, "directional" designs built for a secure, traditional feel. (As opposed to the looser, smearier twin-tips of K2's Freestyle collection.) All models have tapered tips and tails (ie., the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot), for lighter swing weight and a slashy, quick feel in loose snow.

All feature new Konic versions of K2's Bioflex cores, with flex patterns specifically tuned for the needs of women. The Konic cores are a combination of lightweight Nanolite foam down the middle with wood and reinforcing metal used only over the edges, where they're most needed for edge grip and stability without excess weight. K2's HybriTech Sidewall combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip with rounded-over cap sidewalls fore and aft for supple flex. 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. All Freeride Collection skis are sold flat (no 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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