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K2 BackDrop (2013)

K2 BackDrop (2013)
Gold Medal Gear
Tester's Review

Want to earn your turns and eat them too? The Backdrop is fat but not overweight�light enough for backcountry tours, but wide enough to make quick work of the powdery rewards. It doesn't cope with hardpack and love speed quite the way metal-reinforced skis in its category do, but it's among the quickest, well-suited to a finesseful attack, inbounds or out, with a good blend of snap and power. "A light, easygoing all-day ride." Notes: The new Backdrop is the fattest model in the Adventure subset of K2's Backside series. Like all Backside skis, it's wide and rockered, but Adventure skis are specifically built with the backcountry tourer in mind: lightweight, skin-friendly, flat-tailed, etc. It's a metal-free, wood-core (aspen/paulownia/maple) cap construction with strategically placed carbon-fiber reinforcement, weighing in at 1,820 grams at 174 cm. 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. The Powder Tip is tapered so it's less easily deflected and swing weight is reduced. All Backside Adventure skis share a number of tour-specific features: Precut skins are sold separately, and the tip and tail have skin-ready attachment holes. The Snowphobic topsheet sheds weight-adding snow (especially when waxed) on the ascent. The flat tail is snow-anchor appropriate.

PRICE (MSRP): $880.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
AwardsGold Medal Gear
Lengths174, 181
Rating: Stability at Speed3.74 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.95 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip1.89 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.51 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.44 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.44 / 5
Rating: Overall3.12 / 5
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