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K2 Pinnacle 95 (2017)

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K2 Pinnacle 95

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Rating: 3.15 / 5
Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 95
Tip/Tail/Waist: 132-95-115
Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191

Stability at speed: 2.85 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.74 / 5
Crud performance: 3.11 / 5
Flotation: 3.65 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.43 / 5
Overall: 3.15 / 5

In its Nanolite skis, K2 lightens the core with foam down the middle but still uses wood over the edges for edge power and durability. The Pinnacle 95 isn’t built to hammer at high speeds and power through crud. But bring a light-touch attack to it and it responds with enjoyably fun, forgiving, easygoing performance. Slacking on your workouts? It makes you look like you’re not. Date: “Great for the 20- days guy. Super easy, yet surprisingly stable.” 

With its 95-mm waist, the 2017 K2 Pinnacle 95, which returns unchanged, sacrifices some of the soft-snow performance of the wider Pinnacles in exchange for hardpack versatility and overall edge-to-edge. It's built to be a capable carver, with a 17-meter sidecut radius that favors medium-radius arcs. Like the Pinnacle 105 and the new Pinnacle 88, 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 lightness. 

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. 

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: With its 95-mm waist, the 2017 K2 Pinnacle 95, which returns unchanged, sacrifices some of the soft-snow performance of the wider Pinnacles in exchange for hardpack versatility and overall edge-to-edge. It's built to be a capable carver, with a 17-meter sidecut radius that favors medium-radius arcs. Like the Pinnacle 105 and the new Pinnacle 88, 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 lightness. 

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. 

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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