Wayback 84 Ski
The K2 Wayback 84 Ski is an ultralight (only two pounds) and surprisingly stiff option for mountaineering and backcountry touring. Usually, ultralight skis like the Wayback feel chattery on the downhill, so K2 stiffened the Wayback with the new T3 Titanal Touring Technology. T3 uses a short titanium laminate to drastically amplify the ski's stiffness in ways that most backcountry skis lack. The ski also has a full-length laminate made of fiberglass with carbon stringers for an incredibly stiff flex suitable for firm, steep lines. K2 finished the ski's construction off with damping strips on top of the durable sidewalls to drastically decrease chattering when you're riding firm snow on steep lines at high altitudes.
With an 84mm waist, this Wayback is the second skinniest ski in K2's backcountry collection. Its nimble, skinny width rides best on firmer snow and the variable conditions commonly found high up in the alpine. Although best for firmer snow, the All-Terrain Rocker eases turning whenever you find a softer stash on the ride down, and it certainly helps you keep your tips up when you're setting the skin track. The All-Terrain Rocker also has camber underfoot to initiate plenty of edge control down icy chutes and steep aprons.
- Ultralight backcountry ski is surprisingly stiff on the downhill
- 84mm waist is the second skinniest ski in K2's Wayback collection
- All-Terrain Rocker rides variable conditions with ease
- Lively, flexible wood core with carbon stringers for added stiffness
- Titanal Touring Technology adds metal underfoot for shock damping
- Durable sidewalls with damping strips to reduce chatter
Recommended Sizing Guide
Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.
|Big-Mountain Freeride||Backcountry Jib||All-Mountain||Park & Pipe||All-Mountain Carve|
|Pro||180 - 200cm||180 - 190cm||180 - 190cm||175 - 185cm||175 - 185cm|
|Expert||170 - 180cm||175 - 185cm||170 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||170 - 185cm|
|Intermediate||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 175cm|
|Entry Level||N/A||N/A||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm|
SKILL LEVEL EXPLANATIONS
Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.
Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.
Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.
Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.
SKIING STYLE EXPLANATIONS
Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.
Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.
All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.
Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.
All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.