K2 Darkside: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Nov 1, 2010
Outside Magazine
K2 Darkside: Backcountry Skis Reviews

   Photo: Ryan Heffernan

Big Mountain

With the surface area of an aircraft carrier, aggressive rocker forward of the boot, and traditional camber underfoot and in the tail, the DarkSide dominates deep powder. "Scary fast and maneuverable in the fluff," said one Utah tester. The stiff, flat tail provides a solid platform for ripping turns on firmer snow, but only when necessary: The DarkSide is no picnic on hardpack. Keep the snow soft and the tours short (it's a heavy ski) and you'll love 'em. 156/128/144, 9.3 lbs;
Versatility: 2.5
Power: 5

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