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K2 SideSeth Skis 2013

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Seth Morrison continues to evolve as a skier, and that’s why the K2 SideSeth Skis have found their new home in BackSide family. Just like the ob-Seth-ed, this ski aims towards soft snow, but with more ability to handle variable conditions like those Seth finds in Chamonix. As a reflection of Seth’s recent focus on more technical big mountain skiing, the SideSeth has the addition of maple and a stiffer tail with slightly less rocker than its predecessor. This is in order to improve hard snow performance for a more versatile, hard-charging plank that’s specialized for big mountain skiing. The slightly raised kick tail retains versatility and forgiveness in narrow, concave couloirs, while it also increases the ski’s utility as a tool.

Product Details

Rocker Type

Powder Rocker™Designed for deep snow with the most elevated tip and longest measurement of rocker, offering skiers a “surfy” feel with enhanced soft-snow performance. The camber region still exists to ensure edge hold in firmer conditions.

Construction

Fir/Aspen/Maple CoreSolid and dense woods known for their inherent strength and durability. Maple adds durability and power.

Hybritech Sidewall ConstructionBuilt into the wider waisted Side models and combines the accuracy and powerful performance of a sidewall underfoot with the lightweight and smooth turn initiation feeling of a cap.

Sidecut

Progressive SidecutA combination of two different radii that enhance the versatility of wider-waist skis guaranteeing improved turn initiation and hard-snow performance

Graphics

**Please note that base colors will alternate and may not arrive exactly as pictured.

Additional Features

Tip/Tail HardwareVastly increases the skis’ utility: By allowing you to build a rescue sled or construct various ski anchors, you can carry less weight while increasing your safety margin. These holes also function as attachment points for K2 Pre-Cut Skins and come with a removable plug.

Skin Clip ArcThe tails are designed with a concave notch to ensure that the skin clip, regardless of size or skin brand, stays securely centered on the tail.

Binding Compatibility

We recommend a brake width that is equal to the ski waist width and at most 15 mm wider.

Specs

  • Terrain: Alpine Touring, Big Mountain, Powder More 
  • Ability Level: Advanced-Expert More 
  • Rocker Type: Rocker/Camber/Rocker More 
  • Turning Radius: Long More 
  • Core/Laminates: Wood
  • Tail Type: Partial Twin Tip More 
  • Ski Awards: Freeskier Editor's Pick, Powder Magazine Skier's Choice, Skiing Magazine Tester's Choice, Ski Magazine Gold Medal Gear, Skiing Magazine Official Selection
  • Athletes: Seth Morrison
  • Series: Backside Adventure
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Size (cm) 174 181 188
Tip Width (mm) 147 147 147
Waist Width (mm) 118 118 118
Tail Width (mm) 135 135 135
Turning Radius (m)   26  

Reviews

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K2 SideSeth Skis 2013
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great flotation (5)
  • Smooth ride (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Good grip (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Downhill (6)
  • Powder skiing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Expert (4), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not for the faint of heart

First off I am 6-3 220 and this review is for the 188. I picked these up towards the end of the 12-13 season and have skied on them maybe 6-7...Read complete review

First off I am 6-3 220 and this review is for the 188. I picked these up towards the end of the 12-13 season and have skied on them maybe 6-7 times, and unfortunately not in any deep freshies. I have skied hard snow, hard frozen snow, packed cold snow (if in the Rockies it would be packed powder, but the PNW always seems to have too much moisture so the snow seems to set up more) corn, corn with crust, corn with wet snow sluffs, new snow that got warm, that got a frozen crust on it and then more new snow, etc.
The rocker tip is great, it eases turn-in for steeper, tight lines, and also in crud, so you are not catching the tip when initiating turns in crud and mank snow.
The turned up tail proved itself on tight chute lines, as advertised.
I have skied Braindamage, Powder Bowl, Grubstake, Elk Chutes, Adrenaline et al and even in the 188 is easy to get around on the steeps.
You can go pretty fast on the groomers, the harder and more frozen the groomers the more it sucks, the softer and more trenchable the more fun you will have, pretty much like many wide skis. At about 50 MPH (GPS) you really need to be paying attention on the groomers. Stay on the middle/middle rear and you can lay down some good carves. But with all that said, if you don't view groomers as something to get you somewhere to ski then you may want to rethink SideSeths.
Where this ski really shines (so far remember I have not skied deep fresh yet) is on chopped up/crud. Very stable, easy turn initiation and confidence inspiring. Though you can maneuver these skis around in tight spaces because of the rocker tip, they really comes alive as you ratchet up the speed, hence the not for the faint of heart title. If you are comfortable going a bit faster these puppies deliver.
The first full on session I had with the SS was ~10" new partially skied out, sun warmed with 1/2-1" suncrust, with another couple inches of new. This was on Meister,Eisfallen, Dom at Alpental night skiing and SS cut it up, blew throught the sun crust and was very stable. No one else was sking it, it was a mank fest I was loving it. Immediately felt very confident on this ski.
One other aspect I like and is fun, and I think in part because of the camber it the tail is the confidence to throw these things sideways at any time to scrub speed if needed.
For airtime, stable platform all around.
So all in, these are now, and will be in 13-14 my everyday go-to boards regardless of conditions.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bottom Dweller

In cut up or less snow it was firm and strong for long powerful turns, in the heavy deep snow, the Sideseth found the bottom layer of snow (sometimes 2ft under!) I...Read complete review

In cut up or less snow it was firm and strong for long powerful turns, in the heavy deep snow, the Sideseth found the bottom layer of snow (sometimes 2ft under!) I found it hard to maintain turns since it was digging so deep. It felt more at home once up to full speed making GS turns where it could stay on top.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hits the sweet spot

By 

from PNW

About Me Expert

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Carving Ability
  • Good Grip
  • Great Flotation
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth Ride

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Downhill
    • Powder Skiing

    Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

    I demoed a bunch of different skis, looking for something that allows me to float in powder, is stable enough at speed, quick enough in the trees and doesn't get thrown around in the chop and crud. The SideSeth was the best I found.

    Armada JJ is nimble and easy, but has a definite speed limit. Blizzard Bodacious is a stable tank, but it doesn't like to turn. The Line Opus and Atomic Automatic just didn't feel right. Volkl Shiro felt intuitive and has awesome edge grip, but didn't float as well and seemed to have a problem with hooking tips. Salomon Rocker2 115 is similar to the SideSeth. It's a bit lighter and turnier, but not quite as stable.

    The SideSeth is super stiff and stable, floats with ease on its huge shovel, turns easily in the trees and has no problem handling the chop. Awesome ski.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not for the faint of heart

    By 

    from Alpental or Crystal Mt

    About Me Expert

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Crud buster
    • Durable
    • Get Out Of My Way
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Mountain
      • Side Country

      Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

      First off I am 6-3 220 and this review is for the 188. I picked these up towards the end of the 12-13 season and have skied on them maybe 6-7 times, and unfortunately not in any deep freshies. I have skied hard snow, hard frozen snow, packed cold snow (if in the Rockies it would be packed powder, but the PNW always seems to have too much moisture so the snow seems to set up more) corn, corn with crust, corn with wet snow sluffs, new snow that got warm, that got a frozen crust on it and then more new snow, etc.
      The rocker tip is great, it eases turn-in for steeper, tight lines, and also in crud, so you are not catching the tip when initiating turns in crud and mank snow.
      The turned up tail proved itself on tight chute lines, as advertised.
      I have skied Braindamage, Powder Bowl, Grubstake, Elk Chutes, Adrenaline et al and even in the 188 is easy to get around on the steeps.
      You can go pretty fast on the groomers, the harder and more frozen the groomers the more it sucks, the softer and more trenchable the more fun you will have, pretty much like many wide skis. At about 50 MPH (GPS) you really need to be paying attention on the groomers. Stay on the middle/middle rear and you can lay down some good carves. But with all that said, if you don't view groomers as something to get you somewhere to ski then you may want to rethink SideSeths.
      Where this ski really shines (so far remember I have not skied deep fresh yet) is on chopped up/crud. Very stable, easy turn initiation and confidence inspiring. Though you can maneuver these skis around in tight spaces because of the rocker tip, they really comes alive as you ratchet up the speed, hence the not for the faint of heart title. If you are comfortable going a bit faster these puppies deliver.
      The first full on session I had with the SS was ~10" new partially skied out, sun warmed with 1/2-1" suncrust, with another couple inches of new. This was on Meister,Eisfallen, Dom at Alpental night skiing and SS cut it up, blew throught the sun crust and was very stable. No one else was sking it, it was a mank fest I was loving it. Immediately felt very confident on this ski.
      One other aspect I like and is fun, and I think in part because of the camber it the tail is the confidence to throw these things sideways at any time to scrub speed if needed.
      For airtime, stable platform all around.
      So all in, these are now, and will be in 13-14 my everyday go-to boards regardless of conditions.

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      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Unbelievable ski

      By 

      from Big Sky Montana

      About Me Expert

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Carving Ability
      • Good Grip
      • Great Flotation
      • Smooth Ride

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Downhill
        • Groomed Terrain
        • Moguls
        • Powder Skiing

        Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

        Having skied for 40 years on just about everything, this is hands down the best ski I have ever skied. Does everything very well. Powder, crud, groomers, trees, even bumps. I really wanted to like the modern twin tip centered style like the DPS Wailer or the JJ, but the tail on this ski let's you do everything. Very stable at speed yet quick when needed. If you don't ski backwards (I don't) this is a brilliant all-mountain ski.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Find Your Side Stash with the K2 Sideset

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        from Stevens Pass

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        Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

        This ski is a great all around ski. we skied about 2 ft of dense pow. The rocker in the tip was super helpful staying on top. It was quick in the trees and the tails released like a regular ski. If you are looking for a good all mountain ski great in pow and groomers this is it. Great compliment to a huge pow ski.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        K2 SideSeth

        By 

        from Seattle, WA

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        Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

        I really liked the SideSeth in a 188. I've alwasy found that the ObSethed is a great ski all-around and the SideStash was to difficult to release in the tail due to the extended camber and 2 sheets of metal. Personally I don't like the feel of a metal ski. For charging hard I like a stiffer ski, but find that metal doesn't have enough flex. The beauty of the SideSeth is that is still quite stiff because of the carbon (instead of titanium) in it, which allows it flex some but with a lot of snap and rebound. This is a great ski for someone who likes a lot of tip rocker for float with a little bit of tail rocker for tail release, but who prefers a directional ski.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        fantastic skiis

        By 

        from Salida, CO

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Grip
        • Great Flotation
        • Lightweight
        • Scratch Resistant
        • Smooth Ride

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Downhill
          • Groomed Terrain
          • Powder Skiing

          Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

          Love these Skis.
          Over the winter I demo'd 8 different skis in this category, but kept coming back to the Sideseths. Far and away the best experience I had.
          Predictable, fun, really improved my confidence in powder and on steeps.
          They are surprisingly good on groomers and very stable at speed.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          SideSeth Review

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          from Stevens Pass

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          Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

          If you have shopping for the latest Seth ski take note, it's a bigger beefier ski than the Pistol, Vicious and Obsethed of yesteryear. The Longer camber profile and flatter tail give the ski a powerful snap from one turn to the next. It has lost some forgiveness from his previous signature skis especially in the shorter swing turns. They can be done be done on this ski, it just takes a bit more effort and finess. And if you like opening it up, you will love the increased stabilty at high speeds in anything from variable to blower.

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Bottom Dweller

          By 

          from Stevens Pass

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

          In cut up or less snow it was firm and strong for long powerful turns, in the heavy deep snow, the Sideseth found the bottom layer of snow (sometimes 2ft under!) I found it hard to maintain turns since it was digging so deep. It felt more at home once up to full speed making GS turns where it could stay on top.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          New Seth Rocks

          By 

          from Stevens Pass

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

          Skied the 188 Sideseths and it handles the deep very well. This ski has great float and a ton of power. The firm tail with a little rocker give the ski strong feel at the end of the turn. Made for strong skiers. Also handles the groomer with ease.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          New Wide Touring Ski

          By 

          from Stevens Pass

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          Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

          Smooth & predictable, and noticeably light for its 118mm width. Preferred groopmed surfaces and mix conditions to thick untracked snow. Could be a good choice for someone in the market for a wide touring ski.

           
          4.0

          Great ski!

          By 

          from Yakima, Wa

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Great Flotation
          • Smooth Ride

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Downhill
          • Powder Skiing

          Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

          Mostly resort use, snow days and Side country.

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          5.0

          Great, suprisingly versatile ski.

          By 

          from Seattle, WA

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Flotation
          • Smooth Ride

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Downhill
            • Powder Skiing

            Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

            Really fun ski. Skied it two days so far once in heavily wind-affected heavy northwest powder/chop with some in-bounds groomers, and then on a horrible day in hail/rain on top of heavy powder. It held lines and blew threw the slop with ease, and was also pretty easy to scrub out of a turn and check speed if necessary. Really fun, versatile ski. Even felt decent on the groomers with the traditional camber under foot. Looking forward to trying it in good conditions.

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            5.0

            These skis are for

            By 

            from Bend, Oregon

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • High Speeds
            • Shred Sticks

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Downhill
            • Powder Skiing

            Comments about K2 SideSeth Skis 2013:

            If you love charging and want something that makes you feel comfortable at high speeds these skis are for you. They perform best at high speeds and in wide open spaces. Not super responsive at slower speeds and aren't the best for tree skiing but get the job done. These skis perform best for what they are designed for which is touring/mountaineering and shredding sick lines. Not the lightest setup but durable, reliable, and blast through anything. Also hold there own on groomers, making fat Super G turns. These things rip, I love them.

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