Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 88
For backcountry adventures that include long tours to get the goods, the TalkBack, with its 88 mm waist, is a likely choice. It's the lighest construction in K2's women's Backside collection, weighing just 1,250 grams (at 160 cm length). Yet it still offers a fair amount of width for surfing deep backcountry snow. As with both models in the women's Backside collection, K2 lightens the core by mixing super-light paulownia wood with durable maple stringers. Both are lightweight torsion-box constructions with carbon and fiberglass reinforcement. HybriTech Sidewall construction combines sturdy vertical sidewalls 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. Snowphobic topsheets are chemically treated to shed snow that would otherwise add weight on ascents. All Backside skis have removable tip and tail grommets for easy attachment of K2 Z-Clip climbing skins. In addition to skins, K2 offers a full line of backcountry equipment: probes, shovels, ski-carry packs, adjustable poles, and even a shovel/ice-axe combo tool. Skin choices include economical nylon or easier-gliding mohair/nylon blend, and are available either trim-to-fit (cutting tool included) or precut to fit some K2 models.