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Ski Test: K2 iKonic 80Ti

In my opinion, K2 universals are not just a classic of the genre, but also quite standard skis and classics of this category. Until now, and since the end of production, quite a few years have passed, I remember the Speakers who were more than popular. But, nothing stands still. Neither good nor bad. Everything develops and changes. Something for the better, something in its direction. Today we are checking the development direction of the Konik series from K2 and, in particular, the 80Ti model. Go.

For a very long time, K2 remade this ski and for today I have its fifth version on tests. I will not say that all four before her were completely different because only two of the three only changed the coloring, but, nevertheless, today in tests an updated version with changed noses. I can’t recall the problems of the previous version related specifically to socks of skis, there were problems with the whole ski, but in K2 they decided to finalize exactly and only the noses, which I talked about in the review for this series. Well, finalized and finalized, we can only check in business in skating. I did not really like the previous version of this model either in relative comparison with what it was, or with competitive models in the class. I hope that the changes have benefited and the ski has become better.

What is better? Perhaps nothing was better, all the good things in them remained unchanged because the only thing they had good was that I didn’t have them and we met with them only on tests, followed by a long separation. Because you don’t want to ride in them at all. There are a lot of reasons for that, and highlighting the main ones is not easy enough.

The main complaint about skiing is the comfort of skiing, or rather its complete absence. Skis are very torsion-tight and cling to everything that they meet on their way and, at the same time, are very oak and not elastic, and therefore this is all that they meet on their way, they transfer in full to their legs without any depreciation. You have to work out the entire microrelief with your feet, which is neither pleasant, nor damn tiring, and therefore there is nothing to dream of a long cruise ride.

It would seem that with such torsion stiffness, the cut lead should be at a height. But, the problem here is that skiing along the side cut and the radius of the deflection is completely curved and has a dynamic cut arc with weight transfer from the toe to the backs along the arc, as it should be according to the technique and how interesting and dynamic it is. Sooner or later, the skis fly off the arc and pass into side slippage which is characterized by discomfort. Of course, in static skating on the backs, or only in the middle, they can be kept in their passport arc, which, well, is not a novice at 16-17 meters, but who cares? Such skating pleases only technical demonstrators who need to leave two cut tracks behind themselves and nothing more. In ordinary real skiing, the very first break from the trajectory instantly brings you the desire to drop speed and go into manoeuvrable classics with speed control and frequent ski transfer, ending with carving and parting with ideas about a cut arc.

Yes, in the classic on small strokes with frequent changes of turns, skating can be controlled and comfortable. But, in this mode, any ski is good. In such skiing, neither stability nor depreciation is necessary for skiing - it is only necessary for the skis to shoot at the change of turns with recoil from the backs. But, in this case, this is not.

Patency? No, there is no advantage in patency despite the waist of 80 with their stiffness and cannot be. These are not soft all-terrain vehicles, but simply wide carves, which already have nothing interesting from carves in track riding on velveteen and hard snow, and there is nothing interesting when skiing on soft and broken snow.

It turns out that at speed the skis are unstable and uncomfortable, in a short turn they are sluggish and difficult to control and not dynamic. In all cases, skiing requires skiing skills and a good level of skiing skills. But what can they give in return for all the skills? Nothing. This is their main problem.

Short turn
Long turn
Peak stability at a turn 3 / 14 m.
Dynamic turn radius 3 / 12 m.
Turn radius range 14 - 17 м.
Best piste 4 - 7
Testing condition
Red piste. Hard morning snow and corduroy. Good visibility. One ride test.
Boots: Tecnica Zero G (2017-18) - 110 flex.

Skis do not have their own audience. Experts, regardless of the style of skiing, they can not be interesting. Even in classic skating, they are not beautiful. Beginners and skiers, namely they may be interested in universal skis, they will not only not be interesting, but will also not be easy to manage and will be forced to work and demand to do something that beginners simply can not do, but will be fast and hard to ride. Neither comfortable nor interesting skiing can give anywhere. And to nobody.