K2 Marksman (2017)


Rating: / 5
Price: $800.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 106
Tip/Tail/Waist: 130-106-125
Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184

The Marksman is a new model in K2's 2017 Factory Team collection. It's the pro model of K2 athlete Pep Fujas, who dreamed up its unique design. With its 106-mm waist width, it's a versatile everyday freerider for Western conditions. The twist: its sidecut is asymmetrical. With dedicated left and right skis, its designed with tip to tail sidecut on the inside edge, for positive carvability and a solid platform to stand on on the downhill ski, but the outside edge is tapered tip and tail (the widest parts are closer to the foot), for a looser feel on the inside ski. And its overall sidecut (a long-arc-favoring 20-meters) is designed to be comfortable going backwards or forwards, with a tail that's just 5 mm narrower than the tail. The Marksman is built with K2's Double Barrel core, a mix of aspen and dense fir, with the denser, harder wood placed outside over the edges, for durability and edge grip, and airier stuff down the middle for lightness. Its construction is a classic K2 torsion-box (wood wrapped in fiberglass) with Twintech sidewalls (a blend of vertical on the bottom, for edge grip, with rounded-over cap construction on top, for mellowing softness). The Marksman is part of K2's Factory Team series, a diverse collection of skis (Powabunga, Pettitor, Marksman, Poacher, Sight, and Press) inspired by and/or designed with the input of K2 freeride and freestyle athletes such as Sean Pettit, Fujas, and Sean Jordan. The series, which no longer includes the discontinued Shreditor models, ranges from fat, surfy freeriders to rugged, twin-tipped park skis. The famous Pontoon is also retired for 2017, but the massive Powabunga, with its 136-mm waist, remains, as well as the 120-mm Pettitor-both powder specialists. The new Marksman aims for everyday soft-snow versatility and features an unusual asymmetrical sidecut design on its 106-mm waist. The new Poacher is a fat freestyler with a 96-mm waist, intended for urban, park, or all-mountain creativity. The Sight, a dedicated park twin-tip, returns unchanged, as does the Press, a value-priced park ski. All are sold flat. 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.