K2 Pinnacle 118 (2016)

2016 K2 Pinnacle 118

Rating: 3.02 / 5
Price: $1000.00
Year: 2016
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 118
Tip/Tail/Waist: 145-118-135
Lengths: 177,184,191

Stability at speed: 2.89 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.86 / 5
Crud performance: 3.21 / 5
Flotation: 3.74 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.08 / 5
Overall: 3.02 / 5

Testers surmised that the Pinnacle—as fat as any ski in the test—might have finished higher in deeper snow. (It was No. 1 last year.) They also warned that this might be a more demanding ski than you'd expect from K2. In a good way. They enjoyed its edge grip and the crisp finishes of its power- ful tail, but they awarded good marks for Forgiveness too. Give it soft snow and a good skier; it knows what to do. Denny: "A ski that was brand-new to my feet, but it felt like shaking an old friend's hand."

NOTES: The 118 is the top-end and widest model in K2's Pinnacle series of freeride models, and it's the pro model of K2 athlete Seth Morrison. Along with its massive width, it features K2's Powder Rocker profile, with plenty of rocker tip and tail for maximum flotation and surfiness in deep snow. Its core is a durable mix of aspen and fir. Its sidecut radius is an open 23 meters, so it's designed for long, fast turns in wide-open, big-mountain spaces.

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.