Rating: 3.16 / 5
Waist Width: 85
Stability at speed: 2.77 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.58 / 5
Crud performance: 3.23 / 5
Flotation: 2.52 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.53 / 5
Overall: 3.16 / 5
The 163-cm test length was too short, yet the sprightly Oola danced its way into the medals. K2's big on perimeter weighting these days, putting mass where it's needed and lightening up elsewhere. The Oola's core is airy wood down the middle, denser stuff over the edges. Milled-out grooves cut weight and soften flex. The result is one of the most forgiving rides in the category-edgy enough on hardpack, as happy as you are in soft snow. Elling: "Quick yet also stable and solid. Really inspires confidence."
NOTES: The OohLaLuv 85 Ti is the fattest ski in K2's All-Mountain collection. It boasts the top performance technologies, including a full wood core and metal reinforcement, on a waist width that favors softer snow. It's sold flat or with an 11 DIN K2/Marker binding.
The All-Mountain collection comprises six models ranging in width from 75 mm to 85 mm built for everyday versatility in typical frontside resort conditions. K2's Bioflex cores feature flex patterns specifically tuned for the needs of women, with lighter woods down the middle for reduced swing weight and denser wood over the edges for solid edge grip. Channel Light Cores have grooves milled into them tip to tail to reduce weight and soften flex. The OohLaLuv's core is a mix of aspen, paulownia and bamboo, with metal reinforcement in the binding area for durability and high-speed calm. HybriTech Sidewall construction combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap 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.