Omni 5.5 (2006)

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Price: $560.00
Year: 2006
Level: 2
Gender: Male
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Tip/Tail/Waist: 116/69/101

Stability at speed: 3.65 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.75 / 5
Crud performance: 3.48 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.35 / 5

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2011 K2 Darkside

K2 Darkside (2006)

If the Sidestash (left) is built for a modicum of variable-snow versatility, the massive Darkside prefers powdery chutes and north faces. This year’s version is rockered from just in front of the toepiece forward and cambered from there back. It’s metal-free for lightness and ultra-wide for flotation (No. 2). It barely tolerates hard snow and lacks quickness for typical inbounds conditions, but it’s surprisingly forgiving (No. 3) in deep powder. Like other big, rockered skis, it’s both a game-improvement tool for powder novices and an accomplished expert’s big mountain slayer. “Super sturdy, but skis easier than you expect,” said Preston.