K2 Annex 118 Seth Morrison Pro Model (2014)
Fairly forgiving but hardly gutless, the new Annex 118 proves that some fat skis really can carve, and that a metal-free layup can deliver edgy high-speed performance. Want something surfier? Check out K2's Shreditor line. The Annex prefers to set an edge, and its flat tail likes to finish the turns it starts. Testers differed over how friendly it is. In the end it ranked No. 5 for Forgiveness, so it's not as intimidating as others in the category. But it is, after all, the pro model of Seth Morrison, a guy who likes a big stick. Beekman: "Playful in powder, but still holds a clean edge."
At 118 mm underfoot, the 118 is the widest Annex and the pro model of longtime K2 athlete Seth Morrison. It's built for high speeds and big-mountain lines. K2's Powder Rocker combines 50 percent traditional camber (underfoot) with 50 percent rocker (tip and tail) for ultimate deep-powder surfiness and enough hard-snow carvability to get you back to the lift. It's a metal-free torsion-box construction (the core is sheathed in a "triaxially braided" sock of fiberglass, with tri-directional fibers aligned for optimal lateral, longitudinal and torsional rigidity). The core is a combination of fir, aspen and maple. K2's new Kicktail design allows the tail to release more easily and quickly in tight spaces. K2 splits its six-model Freeride collection into two groups: Directional (the new Annex models) and Bi-Directional (the new Shreditor models). The Annex models are more traditionally powerful. With flat tails and conventional sidecut waisting, they're not meant for backward skiing, like the Shreditors. They range in width from 98 mm up to 118 mm. All are K2 Hybritech constructions (sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap fore and aft for supple flex). All come equipped with tip and tail grommets that accept K2 climbing skins for backcountry touring.
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||174, 181, 188|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.35 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.64 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.14 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.34 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.42 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.53 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.08 / 5|