K2 Pinnacle 95 (2016)

2016 K2 Pinnacle 95


Rating: 3.30 / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2016
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 95
Tip/Tail/Waist: 132-95-115
Lengths: 170,177,184,191

Stability at speed: 2.94 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.68 / 5
Crud performance: 3.04 / 5
Flotation: 3.61 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.61 / 5
Overall: 3.30 / 5

"A great hangover ski," said one tester. Probably not what K2 is going for, but high praise anyway. The Pinnacle, the most forgiving and playful ski in the category, enjoys itself even if you don't bring your usual energy to the game. It's easygoing, never bossy, even if you did drink too much at the Wobbly. And when you rally, it'll reward you with mercurial quickness that belies its width, exceptional buoyancy in soft snow, and category-leading rebound energy. Casey: "Super forgiving, but it still packs plenty of performance."

NOTES: The narrowest model in K2's Pinnacle series features a 95 mm waist width that offers the most hardpack versatility and overall edge-to-edge quickness of any Pinnacle. It's built to be a capable carver, with a 17-meter sidecut radius that favors medium-radius arcs. Like the Pinnacle 105, it's metal-reinforced for a stable, quiet ride at high speeds. And like the 105, it features a core comprising wood over the edges, for power and solidity, with K2's Nanolite foam down the middle for enhanced quickness and light weight.

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.