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K2 Pinnacle 118 (2017)

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K2 Pinnacle 118

Rating: 3.20 / 5
Price: $1000.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 118
Tip/Tail/Waist: 145-118-135
Lengths: 177, 184, 191

Stability at speed: 2.88 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.81 / 5
Crud performance: 3.20 / 5
Flotation: 4.11 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.38 / 5
Overall: 3.20 / 5

The Pinnacle 118 isn’t the biggest or baddest; it just wants to show you a good time when conditions are prime. A new lightweight construction—airy foam down the middle of the core, with wood over the edges—makes it one of the quickest, lightest 118s you’ll ever ski. Forgiving performance is its hallmark, but there’s some high-end snap to it too. The light-touch guys loved it. Casey: “A versatile powder player. Nice, balanced feel.”

The 2017 Pinnacle 118, which returns unchanged, is the top-end and widest model in K2's Pinnacle series of freeride models. Along with its massive powder-skimming 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, but it's layup is metal-free, to keep it light and lively despite its girth. Its sidecut radius is an open 23 meters, so it's designed for long, fast turns in wide-open, big-mountain spaces. 

K2's Freeride series grows to four models in 2017 with the addition of a new model, the Pinnacle 88. The 88 becomes the narrowest Pinnacle, "bridging the gap," K2 says, "between the Freeride and All-Mountain collections." The other three models-Pinnacle 118, Pinnacle 105, and Pinnacle 95-return unchanged, right down to the graphic. 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). All Pinnacles feature K2's 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 supply powerful edge grip while keeping the overall construction light and lively. All models are tapered tip and tail (the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot) to promote a loose, smeary feel in soft snow and powder. That promotes easy speed control and last-second direction changes. 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 (twist resistance). All Pinnacle models 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.

Notes: The 2017 Pinnacle 118, which returns unchanged, is the top-end and widest model in K2's Pinnacle series of freeride models. Along with its massive powder-skimming 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, but it's layup is metal-free, to keep it light and lively despite its girth. Its sidecut radius is an open 23 meters, so it's designed for long, fast turns in wide-open, big-mountain spaces. 

K2's Freeride series grows to four models in 2017 with the addition of a new model, the Pinnacle 88. The 88 becomes the narrowest Pinnacle, "bridging the gap,"; K2 says, "between the Freeride and All-Mountain collections." The other three models-Pinnacle 118, Pinnacle 105, and Pinnacle 95-return unchanged, right down to the graphic. 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). All Pinnacles feature K2's 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 supply powerful edge grip while keeping the overall construction light and lively. All models are tapered tip and tail (the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the foot) to promote a loose, smeary feel in soft snow and powder. That promotes easy speed control and last-second direction changes. 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 (twist resistance). All Pinnacle models 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.

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