With the SIA tradeshow starting today in Denver, CO, there’s a load of new gear on display. While some of the flashier brands may catch an extra eye or two, the iconic American ski manufacturer has a lot to offer the bulk of the market with a full-smattering of skis, boots and accessories.
K2 Annex 108 Offers Frontside/Backside Fun
While K2 does offer dedicated touring models in their BackSide Collection, the Annex collection blends the perfect mix between frontside and backside performance. The Annex 108 is just the right width to float in the pow while still maintaining excellent carving characteristics on the groomers. Built with skin grommets for easy K2 skin attachments, this can be the one ski quiver for all over and around the mountains.
- Dimensions: 139/108/127
- Rocker Profile: All-Terrain
- Sizes: 170, 177, 184, 191
- Radius: 22m @ 184
- MSRP: $840
K2 Pinnacle 130 Gets Wider Last
Gone are the days of squishing my feet into a pair of 98mm last race boots. I mean, I love my boot fitter, but I love skiing more and welcome anything that will offer a comfortable fit right off-the-shelf. The K2 Pinnacle 130 has every combination you could ever ask for in an all-around boot. And, for Fall/Winter 2014, it comes in a wider 102mm last to go along with the custom-molded Intuition liners.
I slipped them on during Outdoor Retailer and found them to be instantly comfortable for my straight-up average width feet. The integrated tech fittings and DIN-compatible sole are also complemented by a walk mode that is easy-to-use and offers a solid range of motion. MSRP: $850
K2 Power 10 Ski Poles Reduce Swing Weight
Ski poles may seem like overglorified aluminum and carbon sticks, but a great set of poles goes a long way to solidifying proper technique. I ski a fair amount without poles as I skid around and carve up the groomers with my kids, but when I want to open it up and carve with power and charge the deep stuff, I need a good set of poles to give me that extra balance. The new K2 pole lineup features carbon and aluminum models with a variety of grip shapes.
The highlights include the new shape of the Power 10 Airfoil which claims to reduce real-world swing weight (first pole, at left) and its right/left specific grips for an improved feel. MSRP: $129.95
More Info: Visit K2Skis.com