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K2 Pinnacle 88 (2017)

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K2 Pinnacle 88

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Rating: 3.10 / 5
Price: $800.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 88
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-88-110
Lengths: 170, 177, 184

Stability at speed: 2.55 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.30 / 5
Crud performance: 2.98 / 5
Flotation: 3.41 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.58 / 5
Overall: 3.10 / 5

The 2017 K2 Pinnacle 88, a new addition to the Freeride series, is the narrowest of the Pinnacle models, blending the soft-snow performance of the wider Pinnacles with a resort-ready waist width of 88 mm. Identical in construction to the Pinnacle 105 and Pinnacle 95, including the metal reinforcement, it blends the freeride sensibility of the wider models with a quicker, edgier performance better suited to carving up typical resort hardpack conditions. 

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.

The 2017 K2 Pinnacle 88, a new addition to the Freeride series, is the narrowest of the Pinnacle models, blending the soft-snow performance of the wider Pinnacles with a resort-ready waist width of 88 mm. Identical in construction to the Pinnacle 105 and Pinnacle 95, including the metal reinforcement, it blends the freeride sensibility of the wider models with a quicker, edgier performance better suited to carving up typical resort hardpack conditions. 

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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