K2 HardSide

K2 HardSide
Category: All mountain
Level: Advanced
Brand: K2
Modelyear: 2013
Measure (Tip/Waist/Tail): 131/98/119 mm Turning radius: 23.00 m Weight: 1980 gram (181 cm)
Sizes: 188,181,174,167 cm
(Official information from K2)


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Mallthus
Mallthus (Guest)
29/04/2013
Strenghts:
This ski seems to float easily in crud and light powder conditions here in Colorado. Given that it's a thick waisted ski with rocker, it does an admirable job carving groomed cruisers as well.

Weaknesses:
At speed, there's a lot of chatter in this ski, which doesn't install confidence. Overall, it's a compromise ski that does everything OK, but is exceptional at nothing.

Summary:
Overall, it's a great ski for the US Rocky Mountains if you're going to have only one ski.

On the other hand, it's performance seems compromised in almost all conditions. Groomers at speed call for more longitudinal stability. Powder calls for a larger shovel. Crud calls for an easier to release tail.

Model year: 2011
Riding style: Piste and Powder
Length on the ski: 188 cm
Riders weight: 127 kg
Riders length: 188 cm

(Guest)
30/03/2011
Strenghts:
All round performance. I have skiied this ski most days over the past 3 months on a fairly wide variety of snow conditions in the European Alps. As expected, it was about as good as any similar sized ski in powder. For trees and in couloirs, I found it very agile for a ski of this width (better than a Volkl Mantra in my limited experience). On hard snow and blasting through crud I found it much better (more secure-feeling edge hold, more stable) than my previous main ski (Rossignol Scratch BC). Compared against similar skis made in 2010/2011 the weight is average, but compared with skis of 4-5 years ago it is very light for such a good ski.

Weaknesses:
At high speeds on hard snow (e.g. straight lining down cut-up pistes) there is noticable vibration and chatter.

The straight tail is noticably less forgiving, less surfy and basically less fun than a twin-tip.

Summary:
My perfect "All Mountain" ski for European mountains.

Model year: 2011
Riding style: Off piste and touring
Length on the ski: 174 cm
Riders weight: 76 kg
Riders length: 180 cm

Prokke
14/02/2018
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Strenghts:
Good in speed and on hard surfaces.

Weaknesses:
Park?

Summary:
A reliable friend who always delivers, you always know where you have this place. It works to drive in a rocky pist, raced or off the piste.

Model year: 2012
Riding style: Pistons and pillows
Length on the ski: 174 cm
Riders weight: 74 kg
Riders length: 171 cm

Johan H
Johan H (Guest)
26/11/2013
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Strenghts:
Lightweight allround ski pads that fit in pads or in the piste. Quiet and playful, surprisingly good even in a hot pist although I mostly stay where there is a sneeze. I am happy to have tested 7-8 different off piste for all mountain skis before I decided for them. Also works well if you want to get on properly. Relatively easy to knock or go on a peak trip.

Weaknesses:
Twisted skis are available, but for my ride style they work perfectly.

Summary:
The breezy skis

Model year: 2012
Riding style: powder
Length on the ski: 181 cm
Riders weight: 85 kg
Riders length: 180 cm

Lez
05/08/2013
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Strenghts:
Great ski for telemark. Very good in pillows like pist .... buy !!!!

Weaknesses:


Summary:
You will not be disappointed. Have tried lots of skis, after I tried hardside, I got stuck. However, I have to add that I go quite mixed pist / offpist. If you only search for a pure powder slide, you may choose a fat one.

Model year: 2012
mikael fermhede
mikael fermhede (Guest)
05/02/2012
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Strenghts:
Versatility !! Easy to handle under all circumstances and unexpectedly good in piste, even on really hard surfaces.

Weaknesses:
In deep, new fall and light snow they want to dip so you can ride backwards (which becomes unnecessarily heavy in the long run). I'm glad I chose it a little longer! Slightly straight edges of both hardness and thickness (got rid of every week so far).

Summary:
A wonderful twisty but playful ski that fits everywhere, and is unexpectedly stable and nice in the piste for the waist size.

Model year: 2012
Riding style: Off piste as fast as the snow / surroundings offers this
Length on the ski: 181 cm
Riders weight: 85 kg
Riders length: 177 cm

LuxLuthor
08/04/2011 (Modified: 11/04/2011)
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Strenghts:
Stable in every possible bowl. Floats well in 1-2 dm of soft snow. Grips fiery pist and hard manchester without further notice.

Weaknesses:
Belagen seems reprehensible.

Summary:
It had snowed more or less sustainably for a week before I got up to Hemavan, but unfortunately a storm had packed the snow hard. That was why not a lot of hesitancy to cheer for. I can imagine that it was up to 2 dm of sun-warming, snowmobile as best as I went offpist from the Storkittelhobben (where the Kungliften ends) and there the skis ran smoothly. At the same time they were really entertaining to carve in a piste of varying quality. Everything from almost shiny to soft, untouched pistons. Hardsiden can handle all the conditions I tried without problems. I am impressed.

After these six days, I already have some long, but not very deep, tears in the coat. I went a bit in the woods, but what I know never drove over neither branches nor rocks. I compare with my old Extreme AK4 as I spent many more days and in similar conditions they look better. How they are compared to other ski resorts I do not know.

Model year: 2011
Riding style: Pistons, pillows
Length on the ski: 181 cm
Riders weight: 77 kg
Riders length: 181 cm

Georg
Georg (Guest)
14/02/2011
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Strenghts:
Awesome allround. Jaws all kinds of snow. Even sluggish and hard in the piste. Wonderfully light-headed in snowmobile thanks to the tip-rocker.

Weaknesses:
Well, you must go quite actively in the piste to make them go well.

Summary:
Best ski I went on. No problem to drive in a hard, harvested piste and flax into the fist. Have driven it in Engelberg.

Model year: 2010
Riding style: Going actively. Always looking for pillows, but there will be some piss on the way there.
Length on the ski: 188 cm
Riders weight: 90 kg
Riders length: 194 cm

Stefans
09/09/2010
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Strenghts:
Allround piste conditions.
The skis are experienced as smooth, it feels less manageable than it really is and yet gives it the stability and flow of a "longer" skid
Floats wonderfully fine in a little heavier snow thanks to width and tip rocks, wind spinning, sneezing etc, goes like a dance.

Weaknesses:
Really hard and rough ground, think spring snow melting in the afternoon and freeze overnight (though it will never be nice either).

Summary:
Works really well in all normal punching, they actually like better for a little carving in the piste than my old slimmer skis. I had a couple of Dynastar Sultan85 in the piste for a while but actually thought that these were so nice (especially more allround) so I knocked them away. Put them on the edge, just press and hold, easy to change from long to slightly shorter (though a racecar will never get it).
The skid definitely does not get rid of pads either, but the best thing about the ski is the wide range it can handle. So you just have to go to the pads, so it's fun with this ski ...... but probably even more fun with something even broader (though you'll probably have to offer some piste properties instead).
In a bit heavier snow, it floats well and I had a great fun in 4-5dm deep heavy sorbet in the winter / spring wolves, it was just o to slow down and surf down :-)

Model year: 2010
Riding style: My goal is always pillows ... but it will be everything that's usually mixed with piss and junk sneaky
Length on the ski: 181 cm
Riders weight: 84 kg
Riders length: 187 cm

(Guest)
31/03/2010
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Strenghts:
A ski that fixes most things, good at all without stabbing anything.

Weaknesses:
Too rigid and narrow to cope with more demanding offpiste conditions.

Summary:
I have about 20 days on the skis. Is mounted with Dynafit turbines and has been run both in the aplets and in the Swedish mountains under varying conditions, ranging from rock-hardened spring season to bottomless loose snow.

The ski impresses greatly with its piste characteristics, is very entertaining in a softer pist but is able to handle bravur even in hard pistons. Feels considerably wiser than the specified pivotal radius of 23 meters (181 cm) while feeling stable in large turns and high speeds. Good pressure in the intersecting turns and tension in the short-range while the ski is experienced as easily loaded.

Surprisingly good in the off-piste as long as the conditions are not too demanding, the skis are too hard in both the tips and the tail to be able to claim in comparison with a more off-piste ski. You must fit the skid properly so that it does not dive into deeper snowflakes and similar conditions. I've "bumped" a few times too much to be happy with the ski ...

Probably the longer 188 cm skis would suit me better, but personally I prefer a slightly softer slice in the offpiste for a better flow. Feel more piss than opist in the design to get full points from me.

Model year: 2010
Length on the ski: 181 cm
Riders weight: 92 kg
Riders length: 186 cm