K2 Pinnacle 118 Ski Test Results 2016 Review

September 16, 2015
K2 Pinnacle 118 Ski Test Results 2016
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
84
Responsiveness
7
Stability
8
Float
8
Firm Snow Survival
7
Forgiveness
7
Value
7

The Good

  • Nice mix of playfulness and stability
  • Likes speed
  • Light but stiff
  • Nice platform underfoot
  • Got decent scores in every category

The Bad

  • Very damp
  • Needs to go fast
  • Have to work to make short turns
  • Not especially playful
THE VERDICT
K2's Pinnacle 118 is a fast skiing, hard-charging powder ski that sacrifices playfulness for stability and control.
FULL REVIEW

K2’s Pinnacle 118 is big mountain icon Seth Morrison’s Pro Model, a hard-charging ski that is more about stability and control in deep conditions than it is about jibbing and schmearing lines. In what felt like one of the most GS-centric skis in this category, this is a no nonsense ski that pairs Powder Rocker in the shovel for significant float with K2’s new Konic Technology for power and edge hold. It also has a lighter feel underfoot, but without sacrificing stiffness, especially when that powder turns to crud and chop and you just want to step on the gas and blow it all away.

Freestyle skiers and anyone who wants to turn the mountain into a terrain park will be better served by Atomic’s Bent Chetler and Armada’s Norwalk. But straight up powder carvers will find this a very reliable, confidence extending ski.

 


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