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K2 A.M.P. Rictor 82XTi (2014)

A.M.P. Rictor 82XTi



Gold Medal Gear



Stability At Speed: 
3.58 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.29 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.29 / 5
3.78 / 5
3.24 / 5
1.86 / 5





LENGTHS163, 170, 177, 184

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K2 makes narrower skis similar to the race-bred constructions other brands enter in this category (see AMP Bolt), but the Rictor holds its own. It likes to carve on flat snow almost as much as any competitor, but testers found its versatility and fun-loving nature to be a welcome change. It's No. 1 in Forgiveness, thanks to a wider girth and partial sidewall construction, and it's more eager for off-trail duty than other skis of its width. Plenty quick edge to edge, it even enjoys itself in bumps. Larsen: "Friendly, but with a bit of aggression hidden underneath. Well balanced."

Like the Rictor 90, the 82 returns with the Rictor name but is an all-new construction. Where the 90 edges into soft-snow-optimized freeride performance, the narrower 80 is more closely related to the AMP series of hard-snow, frontside generalists. It's a wood-core (aspen/paulownia) metal-laminate Hybritech construction (sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap fore and aft for supple flex). It's sold either flat (no binding) or as a system with a 12-DIN Marker/K2 MXC binding. K2's All-Terrain Rocker combines 70 percent camber with 30 percent tip/shovel rocker to smooth the ride, enhance forgiveness and improve soft-snow flotation. ROX technology combines forgiveness of tip rocker with performance-enhancing Mod Technology (an independently acting secondary core, raised above the topsheet, works in conjunction with strategically placed vibration dampening module to lessen vibrations and improve edge grip) and adds extra carbon-fiber reinforcement placed so as to stiffen torsional rigidity

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