K2 SuperBright 90 (2014)


Rating: 2.93 / 5
Price: $840.00
Year: 2014
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 115
Tip/Tail/Waist: 132-90-115
Lengths: 153, 160, 167, 174

Stability at speed: 2.86 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.73 / 5
Crud performance: 2.86 / 5
Flotation: 2.74 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.16 / 5
Overall: 2.93 / 5

The SuperBright 90 is both the narrowest ski in the Freeride collection and the sturdiest construction. It's 90-mm width and All-Terrain Rocker thrive in all but the deepest powder, but it's designed for quickness and hard-snow performance that the wider rides will lack. It's available flat or as a system with an 11-DIN Marker ERC binding. K2 splits its women's Freeride collection into two categories, the "directional" SuperBrights (90 and 102 mm) and the "bi-directional" Remedy models (102 and 117). The SuperBrights are the more conventional, built to charge the fall line in powder, rather than play with it, and to perform well in hardpack conditions between storms, with reliable carvability. The more powder-specific Remedies embrace a more modern powder skiing style, with slashy tapered tips and turned up tails for a looser, surfier feel in deep snow. All models are likely candidates for backcountry skiing with AT bindings, and all are designed for compatibility with K2 climbing skins. The SuperBright 90 is a metal-reinforced, wood-core, women's-specific K2 Bioflex3 construction, with aspen underfoot (80 percent) for strength and responsiveness and paulownia (20 percent) tip and tail for softer flex and reduced swing weight. In women's skis, K2 uses thinner metal laminates than it the ones used in men's skis to reduce weight and soften flex. HybriTech Sidewall construction combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap fore and aft for supple flex. K2's All-Terrain Rocker combines 70 percent camber with 30 percent tip/shovel rocker to smooth the ride, enhance forgiveness and improve soft-snow flotation. The pink ribbon on the base signifies K2's support (at least $50,000 annually) for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.