K2 Pinnacle 105 (2016)

2016 K2 Pinnacle 105

Rating: 3.30 / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 105
Tip/Tail/Waist: 137-105-121
Lengths: 170,177,184,191

Stability at speed: 2.74 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.74 / 5
Crud performance: 3.10 / 5
Flotation: 3.50 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.63 / 5
Overall: 3.30 / 5

Two K2s were neck and neck in the Mixed West rankings, with similar waist widths, similar personalities, and similar scores across the board. Testers liked them both but preferred the slightly more precise performance of the Pinnacle over its new-schooly stablemate, the Shreditor. Both crush it in the fun-factor criteria, especially Forgiveness. Ironically it's the wider Pinnacle that gets the nod for its versatility on hardpack. Rogan: "For as much rocker as it has, it really grips the road."

NOTES: The 105 (sidcut radius: 19 meters) is an all-mountain soft-snow specialist designed to be a versatile everyday ride in locales where snow tends to be soft and abundant. It's narrower and edgier than the flagship 118, with metal reinforcement over the edges for enhanced performance on hardpack. And where the core of the 118 is all wood, the 105 is a mix of wood over the edges (where it promotes edge power and solidity) with K2's Nanolite foam down the middle to keep things light overall.

The Pinnacle series comprises three models in widths ranging from an everyday 95 mm up to a powder specific 118 mm. All have flat tails and are built for edgy, traditional, "directional" performance in soft snow (as opposed to the looser, surfier, more new-school performance of the twin-tip models in K2's Freestyle collection). The Pinnacle series is a returning series, but all models have been updated with K2's new Konic technology, which amounts to perimeter weighting for skis. Mass is concentrated over the edges (using 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. All models are tapered tip and tail to promote a loose, smeary feel in soft snow and powder. That promotes easy speed control and turn-shape variation. All Pinnacle models are Hybritech constructions, with grippy, powerful sidewalls underfoot combined with forgiving, soft-flexing cap construction tip and tail. And all are torsion-box constructions, with their cores wrapped in a sheath of tri-directional fiberglass tuned for optimal torsional rigidity. All Pinnacle models are sold flat.