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K2 SideShow Skis 2012

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K2 SideShow Skis 2012: The new K2 SlideShow Skis are for the skier who spends more time on firm snow, be it in bounds or out. With a Metal Laminate and a tighter sidecut you will be etching laser sharp arcs on rock hard boiler plate, and with All-Terrain Rocker the SideShow still holds its own in powder. Remember, a 90mm waist used to be thought of as a powder ski. Make the K2 SideShow Skis your hardpack skis, everyday skis, or use them as a high performance touring ski since they are surprisingly lightweight.

Product Details

Shape

All-Terrain Rocker™ is designed for all snow conditions, featuring an elevated tip for variable and soft snow performance with camber underfoot for power, energy, and edge-hold in firmer conditions.

Progressive Sidecut is a combination of two different radii that enhances the versatility of wider-waist skis. This guarantees improved turn initiation and hard-snow performance.

Construction

Hybritech Sidewalls are a unique blend of sidewall and cap constructions that combine the accuracy, power, and performance of sidewall underfoot with the lightweight characteristics and smooth turn initiation of cap construction.

Tip/Tail Hardware - removable plugs reveal holes that can be used to attach K2 Pre-Cut Skins or build a rescue sled

Flex

Aspen and Paulownia core: Aspen is solid and dense; Paulownia is an eco-friendly, fast-growing renewable wood that is incredibly strong and lightweight.

Metal TNC Laminate consists of 2 sheets of lightweight Titanal running the length of the ski. Alternating layers of fiberglass and Titanal sandwich the wood core to provide dampened, accurate, and unshakable performance.

Binding Compatibility

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

Specs

  • Terrain: All-Mountain, Alpine Touring, Carving More 
  • Ability Level: Intermediate-Advanced More 
  • Rocker Type: Rocker/Camber More 
  • Turning Radius: Medium More 
  • Core/Laminates: Wood
  • Tail Type: Flat More 
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Size (cm) 153 160 167 174 181 188
Tip Width (mm) 132 132 132 132 132 132
Waist Width (mm) 90 90 90 90 90 90
Tail Width (mm) 115 115 115 115 115 115
Turning Radius (m)         20  

Reviews

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K2 SideShow Skis 2012
 
4.6

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good carving ability (13)
  • Good grip (11)
  • Smooth ride (11)
  • Durable (8)
  • Great flotation (7)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Groomed terrain (12)
  • Powder skiing (9)
  • Downhill (7)
  • Moguls (3)
  • Telemarking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Expert (8), Intermediate (4), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice light ski for the Sierra's

By 

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Groomed Terrain

    Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

    I demo'd 4 different pairs of skis last year and found the sideshows the best. As an old time skier (narrow stance) the 90mm waist was better than the hardside. Ski's held a nice edge on morning icey patches but did equally as well on the warm snow in the afternoon. I highly recommend em.

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    4.0

    Rock solid touring skis!!!

    By 

    from Seattle

    About Me Expert

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

      I marked light and heavy because they are light for alpine skis and on the heavy side for touring. I bought these for volcano skiing after trying a bunch of superlight skis and always being dissapionted on the descent. These arent the lightest but they deliver the goods on the way down.

       
      5.0

      Great east coast everyday ski!

      By 

      from VT, NH

      About Me Expert

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Carving Ability
      • Good Grip
      • Lightweight
      • Scratch Resistant
      • Smooth Ride

      Cons

      • Poor Flotation

      Best Uses

      • Downhill
      • Groomed Terrain
      • Powder Skiing

      Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

      Bomber ski - lightweight but still stiff and enough sidecut to carve GS turns. 188 was still nimble enough through tight trees. Early rise helped in 4ft of fresh, although I would rather be on something a little fatter. Flat tail and skin clip groove were great for touring. These excelled the most ripping fast turns down the steeps of Mt. Washington in spring corn.

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      • No
       
      4.0

      K2 sideshow skis 2012 review

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      from Olympia, WA

      About Me Expert

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Groomed Terrain
        • Moguls
        • Powder Skiing

        Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

        Great carving ability, quick on the groomed runs, floats great in the powder, but still holds up well in the moguls great to take around everywhere.

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        4.0

        Good Skis !

        By 

        from Simi Valley, CA

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Carving Ability

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

            These are wide skis and should be used if you're at the Advanced level

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            • No
             
            4.0

            Lift service tele ski

            By 

            from Colorado

            About Me Intermediate

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Carving Ability
            • Scratch Resistant
            • Smooth Ride

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Groomed Terrain
            • Telemarking

            Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

            I mounted these with Rotafella NTN freeride and have taken them out on groomed mountain in Colorado. They are very stable. They ski shorter than I thought they would. They are a bit heavy, but also very stable and forgiving on hard terrain. They are good for what they were designed and advertised for. I am very happy.

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            5.0

            Rippers in the Pow Pow

            By 

            from Bainbridge Island, WA

            About Me Expert

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Carvers On The Groomers
            • Floaters In Powder
            • Good Carving Ability
            • Good Grip
            • Smooth Ride

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Downhill
              • Groomed Terrain
              • Powder Skiing
              • Telemarking

              Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

              Got these skis for some rocker/camber mix and just tested them out at Jackson Hole and Big Sky on some 22 Designs new Vice tele bindings. With 7" of new pow pow, the side stashes floated like a feather and carved tightly and effortlessly all day long. Great for quick turns because of the camber, not as slippery as all rocker boards (made them great in the trees). They carve easily on groomers too--very suitable for regular alpine or telemark and they chew up the crud well.

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              5.0

              by far my best skis ever

              By 

              from Encinitas,Ca.

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Carving Ability
              • Great Flotation

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Groomed Terrain
                • Powder Skiing

                Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

                perfect skis for me after many years away from the slopes

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                K2 comes through!

                By 

                from Denver via Steamboat

                About Me Expert

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Only 188 Cm Available

                Best Uses

                • Downhill
                • Groomed Terrain
                • Moguls
                • Powder Skiing

                Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

                As a former mogul skier that competed in the USSA Rocky mountain region I was a bit skeptical of the newer shaped skis. The sideshow skis perform well in powder, great flotation as there is plenty of surface area to help float through the fluff. Really stable at higher speeds cruising the groomers.
                The side cut lends to some great carves, GS style turns as well as short slalom turns for the gate chaser wannabees. Great all around ski, I'm impressed and glad I purchased these skis!

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                5.0

                Excellent all-rounder

                By 

                from North Lake Tahoe

                About Me Expert

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Downhill
                  • Groomed Terrain
                  • Moguls
                  • Powder Skiing

                  Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

                  I like K2 skis. I had a pair of Mt Baker 188s that were my first "fat" skis at 88mm underfoot. I have much fatter skis now for deep days, but I still want something in my quiver for firm days, groomers and less than 6" of fresh. I also use these as a lighter setup for long tours, corn, and ski-mountaineering. They have the classic K2 characteristics of mellow sidecut, forgiving flex and not-too-heavy/not-too-expensive that I liked about the Bakers. I went down a size from the Bakers as I wanted less weight, don't really plan on skiing deep powder, kick turns are easier (and jump turns too). I'm 6'2", 200lbs and Type III+ skier. They still carve and hold together great at speed. Mounted with tech bindings. 85mm G3 ski crampons just barely clear the waist.

                  ***the skin notch in the tail is a great feature. It is a really secure fit with G3 skin tail attachment. The tips are a solid fit too. Sometimes, it's actually a little frustrating to remove the skins without removing the skis. I think I would probably choose the K2 skins if I didn't already have some G3s that I trimmed down for them.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic skiis

                  By 

                  from Denver, CO

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Downhill
                  • Groomed Terrain
                  • Powder Skiing

                  Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

                  Great skiis. Rockered tips and cambered mid section make turning powerful and effortless on groomers or untouched terrain. Mine are 188 so a bit long for tight tree runs but a fantastic ski overall.

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Simply Great!

                  By 

                  from Colvis, NM

                  About Me Intermediate

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good Grip
                  • Smooth Ride

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Groomed Terrain
                  • Powder Skiing

                  Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

                  Just had my first weekend skiing Taos, NM with these SideShows. Being very tall and 210 pds, I chose this ski with a 188 length. It is a very long ski and takes some getting used to when manuvering. They are a little on the heavy side while on the lift. A very good looking ski which recieved many positive comments while on the slopes. They are fast and take some strong legs for transitions, but I really enjoy them and highly recommend to others. EVO definetely the best online retailer for all your snowsport needs.

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                  4.0

                  Love my new skis

                  By 

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Intermediate

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Carving Ability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Smooth Ride

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Downhill
                    • Groomed Terrain

                    Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

                    Very smooth, lightweight, great design

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                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great ski for all occasions

                    By 

                    from Franklinville, NY

                    About Me Expert

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Telemarking

                      Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

                      The skis are smooth on piste and float very well off piste. Eats up crud!

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                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome Ski!

                      By 

                      from Midwest

                      About Me Intermediate

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Grip
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Downhill
                        • Groomed Terrain
                        • Powder Skiing

                        Comments about K2 SideShow Skis 2012:

                        Bought these skis and the next week took them skiing. Before hitting the slopes I had the skis hot waxed and the edges were good from the factory. My experience with different equipment is pretty limited, but I was skiing on hard pack groomers and these skis performed extremely well. I had plenty of grip. The skis felt extremely solid even on the artificial snow that felt more like a sheet of ice than snow. I can only imagine they will perform just as well or better with in powder.

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