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2024 K2 Mindbender 96C W Skis Review

By: Erika Friesth, Email Marketing Manager | Last Updated: July 24th, 2023

2024 K2 Mindbender 96C W Skis Review

The Lowdown

The women's K2 Mindbender 96C skis can take you from charging down fresh corduroy groomers to exploring powder stashes in the trees or ploughing through freshies in some of the steepest runs in the country. The main standout of these skis is that they’re on the heavier side. They’ll give you long, stable turns on packed powder and groomed runs, but on the flip side, the weight can make turning on steeper and more variable terrain feel like more of a challenge. If you’re an intermediate skier who’s just starting to venture into the park or off trail and dip your toes into trying more difficult runs, these are the skis that will push you to progress and go faster (maybe faster than you’d like sometimes) until your legs are burning but your face is all smiles.

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Technical Details

The Mindbender 96C is part of one of K2’s leading freeride ski collection, designed to be a versatile, all-mountain tool. The skis feature a patented Spectral Braid fiber reinforcement to allow for better precision and flexibility as well as for 2024 an all-new carbon construction with flax for vibration absorption without extra weight. They feature a rocker-camber-rocker profile and a short turning radius of 14.1 meters. 
Sizes (cm) 148, 154, [160], 166, 172
Dimensions (Tip, Waist, Tail - mm)131 - 96 - 119
Turning Radius (m)14.1 meters @ 166cm
Weight (g)1630 grams @ 166cm
Core MaterialAspen Veneer
Camber ProfileAll-Terrain Rocker (Rocker/Camber/Rocker)

Ride Impressions

This was my first time riding skis from the Mindbender series, and we got off to a rough start. While the 160cm length was close to what I normally ski, the tip width took some getting used to on my first day. I found myself getting the skis caught on each other in the lift line and occasionally catching edges on the initial runs. Even though the Mindbender 96C’s are meant to be lighter weight, they were still heavier than what I’m used to skiing, so that required some adjustments to my expectations as well.

Once the Mindbender 96Cs and I got comfortable with each other, however, I was able to settle in for some speedy but stable turns on packed powder and groomed runs. Especially when visibility became limited, I started to appreciate the weight and slight stiffness keeping me going.

Being an intermediate-level skier that’s still trying to find my confidence and try new things, I ran the Mindbender 96Cs through my first time at the park, through some tree sections, and some lightly touched fresh powder sections. That stability (and width) came in handy for getting through the fresh powder and “flying” off the top of my first and second attempts at skiing boxes. On the flip side, the weight and limited flexibility of the skis made getting through moguls and making hop-turns on steeper terrain more of a challenge, especially later in the day. As my legs would get tired through the day, I would find myself catching edges more frequently on unpacked powder and going down faster than I might have liked.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

2024 K2 Mindbender 96C W Skis - Tip Rocker Profile   2024 K2 Mindbender 96C W Skis - Tail Rocker Profile


  • Stable
  • Works in a variety of conditions
  • Smooth turns


  • Heavy
  • Tip width took getting used to
  • Not very pliable/flexible

Who Is It For?

The Mindbender 96C W skis would be best for an intermediate skier looking to progress to a more advanced level. The stability is nice for those looking to stick with groomers and packed or fresh powder runs. Also, the weight of the Mindbender 96C requires a rider with strong lower body strength to keep going for a full day of skiing, especially on steeper runs or in gnarlier snow conditions.

The Bottom Line

The more times I used the K2 Mindbender 96C’s, the more comfortable I became. Even though the weight and stiffness of the skis presented some additional challenges at an intermediate level, they also provided the stability to go faster and into more variable terrain than I would normally feel comfortable trying out. They ended up being solid skis for a true all-mountain experience, from groomers to the park to powder stashes in the trees, and all the wiping out and getting back up and at it again after.

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About the Reviewer

Name: Erika Friesth
Age: 35
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Reviewed: 160cm
Location(s) & Conditions: Snoqualmie Pass, WA: groomed packed snow, soft powder in trees and off-trail / Jackson Hole, WY: fresh packed powder
Mount Point: Factory Recommended
Bindings: Tyrolia Attack 14 GW Ski Bindings
Boots: Fischer Ranger 115 GW DYN Alpine Touring Ski Boots
Riding Style & Ability Level: "Inbounds riding at an intermediate level."

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