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K2 Poacher (2017)

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Rating: 2.83 / 5
Price: $600.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 96
Tip/Tail/Waist: 124-96-118
Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191

Stability at speed: 2.34 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.09 / 5
Crud performance: 2.34 / 5
Flotation: 2.78 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.50 / 5
Overall: 2.83 / 5

The 2017 Poacher is a new model in the K2 Factory Team series, the pro model of K2 athlete Sean Jordan, developed with his input and to suit his needs as an urban and terrain-park freestyler. With a 96-mm waist, the Poacher is wide enough for soft snow, resort crud, and moderate powder. Moderate tip and tail rocker gives it terrain shock absorption and buoyancy in soft conditions. It's built with K2's Double Barrel core, a mix of aspen and dense fir, with the denser, harder wood placed outside over the edges, for durability and edge grip, and airier stuff down the middle for lightness. Like the Powabunga and Pettitor, its wider brothers in the Factory Team series, it has a low taper angle-its tail is only 6 mm narrower than its tip-making it comfortable to ski backwards as well as forward. Its construction is a classic K2 torsion-box (wood wrapped in fiberglass) with Twintech sidewalls (a blend of vertical on the bottom, for edge grip, with rounded-over cap construction on top, for mellowing softness). The new Poacher is part of K2's Factory Team series, a diverse collection of skis (Powabunga, Pettitor, Marksman, Poacher, Sight, and Press) inspired by and/or designed with the input of K2 freeride and freestyle athletes such as Sean Pettit, Pep Fujas, and Jordan. The series, which no longer includes the discontinued Shreditor models, ranges from fat, surfy freeriders to rugged, twin-tipped park skis. The famous Pontoon is also retired for 2017, but the massive Powabunga, with its 136-mm waist, remains, as well as the 120-mm Pettitor-both powder specialists. The new Marksman aims for everyday soft-snow versatility and features an unusual asymmetrical sidecut design on its 106-mm waist. The new Poacher is a fat freestyler with a 96-mm waist, intended for urban, park, or all-mountain creativity. The Sight, a dedicated park twin-tip, returns unchanged, as does the Press, a value-priced park ski. All 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 Poacher is a new model in the K2 Factory Team series, the pro model of K2 athlete Sean Jordan, developed with his input and to suit his needs as an urban and terrain-park freestyler. With a 96-mm waist, the Poacher is wide enough for soft snow, resort crud, and moderate powder. Moderate tip and tail rocker gives it terrain shock absorption and buoyancy in soft conditions. It's built with K2's Double Barrel core, a mix of aspen and dense fir, with the denser, harder wood placed outside over the edges, for durability and edge grip, and airier stuff down the middle for lightness. Like the Powabunga and Pettitor, its wider brothers in the Factory Team series, it has a low taper angle-its tail is only 6 mm narrower than its tip-making it comfortable to ski backwards as well as forward. Its construction is a classic K2 torsion-box (wood wrapped in fiberglass) with Twintech sidewalls (a blend of vertical on the bottom, for edge grip, with rounded-over cap construction on top, for mellowing softness).

The new Poacher is part of K2's Factory Team series, a diverse collection of skis (Powabunga, Pettitor, Marksman, Poacher, Sight, and Press) inspired by and/or designed with the input of K2 freeride and freestyle athletes such as Sean Pettit, Pep Fujas, and Jordan. The series, which no longer includes the discontinued Shreditor models, ranges from fat, surfy freeriders to rugged, twin-tipped park skis. The famous Pontoon is also retired for 2017, but the massive Powabunga, with its 136-mm waist, remains, as well as the 120-mm Pettitor-both powder specialists. The new Marksman aims for everyday soft-snow versatility and features an unusual asymmetrical sidecut design on its 106-mm waist. The new Poacher is a fat freestyler with a 96-mm waist, intended for urban, park, or all-mountain creativity. The Sight, a dedicated park twin-tip, returns unchanged, as does the Press, a value-priced park ski. All 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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