K2 HardSide Ski: The K2 HardSide is the most versatile of K2’s Adventure collection that will be your go to ski on and off-piste. When you’re in bounds, you can treat the HardSide like an all-mountain GS ski that can blast down anything with speed and stability. The All-Terrain Rocker and 98mm waist will keep you afloat and fast on powder days, so you can claim more fresh tracks than the friends you’ll lap on a powder day. The metal-laminate Hybritech sidewall construction keeps the HardSide robust when bombing through chunky crud, and will provide precision on hard packed snow.
Performance: 60% Powder / 40% Variable
Sizes: 167, 174, 181, 188
Radius: 23m @ 181
Construction: Metal TNC, Hybritech Sidewall, Aspen/Paulownia
Features: Powder Tip, Progressive Sidecut, Tip and Tail Holes
All Terrain Rocker
ROCKER: Easy initiation, versatility, agility
CAMBER: Control, edge hold, rebound
All-Terrain Rocker features an elevated tip for variable and soft snow performance, as well as camber underfoot for power, energy, and edge-hold in firmer conditions.
Simply put, All-Terrain Rocker offers versatility and ease in all snow conditions.
Powder-Specific Tip Design
The widest point of a powder tip is 7cm back from the standard contact point. The design adds stability and predictability while skiing and is less likely to hook or grab in light crusts or variable conditions.
Progressive sidecut is a combination of two different radii, or sidecuts, that enhance the versatility of wider-waist skis. Standard sidecut theory is based on using a single radius. This works well on narrower skis, but becomes overpowering on wider skis, especially in variable conditions. The use of progressive sidecut on wider-waist skis guarantees improved turn initiation and hard-snow performance.
BIO Core Tech
For backcountry skiers conscious of their caloric and environmental output, our Adventure skis use a blended core of aspen, bamboo, and Paulownia, (a reforestation plantation tree similar to bamboo) that has consistent density, great strength-to-weight ratio, and fast-growth carbon-sequestration. The core is just one component of the ski, but the result is 15% weight savings over our traditional fir/aspen cores and a lessened footprint, reducing the impact of the ski on you and the winter world.
Tip and Tail Holes
Holes in the tip and tail are not only the attachments points for K2 skins, but they also fit the functional needs of a backcountry skier including the ability to build a rescue sled or construct various ski anchors. The holes are equipped with removable plugs.
All Adventure skis come with flat tails, providing backcountry utility by allowing you to plunge the tails easily into firm snow.
Skin Clip Arc
The tails of our Adventure skis are designed with a concave notch to ensure that the skin clip, regardless of size or skin brand, stays securely centered on the tail.
This wider-waisted construction combines the accuracy and power performance of sidewall underfoot with the lightweight and smooth turn initiation of cap construction.
Weight reduction is paramount in the BackSide model line. We've tooled a BackSide specific TNC Metal Laminate Construction that lessens weight wile providing an accurate and responsive feel.