2016 K2 iKonic 80 Ti snow skis
2016 K2 iKonic 80 Ti
Dimensions are 121-80-109
Sidecut radius is 15.5 meters (170cm)
The iKonic 80 Ti is an all new model from K2 for 2016, and is the narrower little brother to the iKonic 85 Ti which is the top of this family. The iKonic 80 Ti has a narrower shape than its big brother, but it also has different core construction. With laminates of fir, rather than the Paulownia found in the wider ski, the iK 80 Ti has a little bit more forgiving, softer flex pattern. It will be easier to handle in bumps, and a little bit more forgiving overall. Also, it will not float quite as well in deeper snow. So, this ski would be the choice for more groomer skiing, and more bumps and trash.
The iKonic series is a huge step forward in ski design from K2! The design gurus at K2 have managed to redefine how an all mountain ski performs. Featuring K2's all new Konic Technology, this ski feels lighter and quicker, but still as super smooth as its predecessors. The brand new shape has a tapered nose/tip shape, All Terrain rocker profile and new Konic Technology to give it a lighter, livelier, more playful feel on the snow. On groomers, the iKonic 80 Ti can carve it up with the best of them, and it handles moderate amounts of un-groomed snow well for a ski that is not wide. But, where it really shines is in mixed condition afternoons. Powder gets tracked out pretty quickly these days, and even groomers don't stay groomed all day long. The iKonic 80 Ti is one of the best junk, crud and bump skis we have tested in a very long time. For the strong intermediate all the way to expert skier who wants to ski all day, every day, it is hard to imagine a better choice. It is just about impossible to have a bad day on this amazing new ski.
The iKonic shape and rocker profile results in good off trail performance. The 80 Ti is for the skier who might be heading for the deeper stuff occasionally, or maybe for the skier who has a pair of pow specific skis, and is looking to fill out the quiver with a narrower ski for all the days when there has not been a big overnight dump of snow. And, especially for any skier who wants to tear it up all day long, after all the fresh stuff is skied out, the 80 Ti is a great choice. Rocker in the tip of the ski really helps it roll up and over anything that comes its way while making it easier to stay centered over the ski. As tracks turn into pillows, and then the pillows turn into bumps, the iKonic 80 Ti becomes a better and better choice. The new Konic construction makes the ski super easy to move around in deeper snow, but it still has that trademark rock solid K2 feel.
Konic Technology is about removing weight from the ski without lessening stability and/or edge hold. Those two characteristics are the hallmarks of a performance ski, and K2 engineers have designed this new ski to be lighter feeling, but without any compromise of these two key characteristics. Konic is all about concentrating more of the skis mass and weight around the perimeter of the ski, while reducing swing weight and over all weight to improve the skis feel and ease of control. New Metal Laminate Titanal components are strategically placed over the edges where maximum power and strength is necessary. Removing part of the metal sheets down the center of the ski removes weight, and gives the ski a livelier feel. Nanolite Technology replaces denser wood in the center of the core with Aerospace composite material to remove even more mass from the ski, and lessen the overall weight of the structure. These two new engineering concepts, combined with K2's time tested Triaxial braiding and Hybritech top sheet/sidewall result in a ski that is incredibly sophisticated in its construction.This combination of an all new, super modern shape, Konic metal laminate technology and Nanolite core construction puts this new ski way out in front of its competitors. This is simply a very good ski, and offers tons of technology and performance at a less than top of the line price. This is absolutely one of the best multi conditions All Day skis on the market. Check out the details of the iKonic 80 Ti:
All Terrain Rocker with an all new tip shape/profile. The widest point of the sidecut is moved back closer to the center of the ski, extending the tip for improved float in deeper snow. The result is a ski with a short turn radius and a longer nose section. This combination of rocker in the tip, and camber throughout the rest of the ski has been proven to work over a very wide range of conditions.
- Metal Laminate Konic Technology removes metal from the center of the ski. The dampening qualities we love about metal are still maintained, along with the superior torsional stiffness inherent in metal laminate skis. Titanal Konic metal layers above and below the core give the ski amazing power and a smooth, damp ride. K2 perforates these metal layers to remove unnecessary material and lighten up the ski further. Now, the ski has a much livelier, more playful feel.
- Aspen and Fir wood core with Nanolite Technolgy K2's slightly softer, and more forgiving Triaxial braided wood core construction gives the ski a smooth, solid feel with lots of energy rebound. But now, K2 replaces some of the wood structure in the center of the ski with Aerospace composite material to remove even more weight. All the characteristics of K2s time tested wood cores are maintained, but the overall weight of the ski is reduced. Lighter, livelier, and yes, more playful is the only way to describe the feel of this new ski on the snow.
- Hybridtech Sidewall Construction with ABS sidewalls – The iKonics Hybridtech top sheet structure combines the power and shock absorbing characteristics of a dual density ABS sidewall under foot with the light feel and quicker turn initiation of a cap construction in the tip and tail. ABS acts as suspension system for the edges, allowing them to better stay in contact with snow, even when the snow is very hard. This is the most complex construction K2 makes and delivers forgiving, but un-shakeable performance.
- New Powder shaped Tapered Tip - Tapered tip shape maximizes surface area in the front of the ski providing exceptional float in deep snow. Combined with rocker in the tip, this ski can handle deep snow with amazing ease.
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