K2 Empress (2013)
Boys already had the Press. Now girls, too, get an affordable entre into the Factory Team fun with the new Empress. It's not a kids ski, but it's almost priced like one. Buyers can expect to find it for less than $500, with binding, in many shops. It's part of the Factory Team series of athlete-inspired, youth-driven twintips. K2 builds it with a traditional taper shape (wider tip than tail) for all-mountain versatility, but sees it spending the majority of its time in the park. It's a metal-free, wood-core, women's-specific K2 Bioflex2 construction, with aspen underfoot (70 percent) for strength and responsiveness and paulownia (30 percent) tip and tail for softer flex and reduced swing weight. It's park-specific flex pattern is relatively soft tip and tail and stiff underfoot. K2's Jib Rocker combines symmetrical rocker tip and tail with zero camber underfoot for easy spinning from forward to switch and back. Tip and tail hardware is removable, and the holes readily accept trim-to-fit K2 skins for touring. As with all Factory Team skis, the edges are extra thick (3.5 mm) to withstand park/urban abuse and the base graphic is as cool as the topsheet.
|Level||Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert|
|Lengths||149, 159, 169|