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)


What do you think about K2 HardSide?
(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

Michael
Michael (Guest)
31/03/2010
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Strenghts:
Lightweight, smooth and speedy. Good offpiste (has only tested junkyard). Requires increasing the length of the ski to make it work well. Certainly excellent in pillows. Slightly allround.

Weaknesses:
Heavier skiers steer through the ski in the piste when it's in the softest team. The ice cream like that.

Summary:
Tried the ski a few hours in Hemsedal in the piste and offpist. It's certainly great for lighter riders, but weighs more, it's too cool. Take it farther farther.

Model year: 2010
Length on the ski: 181 cm
Riders weight: 105 kg
Riders length: 187 cm

mandan
31/03/2010
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Strenghts:
I tried them one day after a number of recomendations and it turned out this is a fantastic freeride ski! because I'm 10 cm shorter than the ski, I thought it would be heavy and hard for me but no no! With the help of the tip rocker, it responds immediately when you insert it in turns, big and small, ranging from newly created to harvested off-piste. here you can really say that they are walking like rattle on the slopes! unfortunately, I never try it out in the correct off-piste but I can imagine it's incredibly good with a nice move!

Weaknesses:
none that I found

Summary:
driven in the home team a day. incredibly good skiing that works in ALL snow. lovely flow and surprisingly good even for girls who want and can! As said by the tip rocker, more girls should try this ski. Cruelly!

Model year: 2010
Length on the ski: 174 cm
Riders weight: 57 kg
Riders length: 164 cm

wenhov
04/03/2010
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Strenghts:
Very lightweight with good strength in the offpiste. Feels like a light and smooth ski overall. Works well in both long and short turns, and also works the cannon in both cord swings and carvingsväng.

Weaknesses:
Slightly unstable at high speeds. Just like Allezallez, the steel edges are soft when I get damaged by the edges that are not proportional to what I was driving.

Summary:
I have driven the skid in many different bowls in a short week: Ice, soft piste, windblown offpiste and 30 cm of fresh snow.

My ride style is active and with a well-developed technique. I have been skiing for more than 30 years and now about 20 days / year. Overall, I have tested about 5 different skis> 95 mm and that's the one I have as a comparison.

In summary, it is a very good all-round ski that works all over the mountain. Easy and smooth. Can be recommended to those who just want a ski and who go more than 50% of the time offpiste. Fits better for you as a trip than you who is heavy and going very fast.

Model year: 2010
Length on the ski: 174 cm
Riders weight: 70 kg
Riders length: 175 cm

allezallez
02/03/2010
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Strenghts:
Tiprocker rules!
Have now driven a week in snowy snow to deep pillows and no tendency for diving of spetsara and a wonderful flow!

Weaknesses:
The skid may come in "swing" in hard roughing on hard snow. I guess this is the back of the tip rocker in combination with the width ...
My one skid has a low steel edge on one side, quality problem? Too much milled at the factory? Too bad for it will last less time then ...

Summary:
Addition to my previous review above!

Canon skiing at good price pity on the steel edge which is lower and will not withstand so much grinding. I also get the impression that the metal on the steel edge is a bit softer than on other skis I had and thus not tolerate stones and branches as well.

Also had the opportunity to test the walking function in the Baron bindings with skins and it works great for what I intended to use for shorter walks from the elevator.

Great skiing at a great price! It's like a dream in cushions and snowy snow.

Model year: 2010
Banzai
25/01/2010
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Strenghts:
Works everywhere. Very stable with a lot of life in spite of 23m radius. Not far from the right carvskida but much better flow in the powder, thank the little rocker. Nice skis!

Weaknesses:
Can honestly say I did not experience any.

Summary:
A real all-round ski that you can also put on your feet and get out and walk a little. Have done a lot of carving skis before so they felt bigger to wear, but it does not notice at all when you start skiing. Rather positive as they are stable in the piste and carvar easily big turns. Do not think you should be afraid to choose these even though they are described as hard. My little technique and weight help me control your ski i want. Did not everyone think it was so demanding to go on rather very allround.

Model year: 2010
Riding style: Pillows, pistes and (Park but not with these :))
Length on the ski: 181 cm
Riders weight: 86 kg
Riders length: 179 cm

Mikael-H
17/01/2010
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Strenghts:
Kanonbra skid in piste!
Surprised easy-to-sleep and stable at some speed.

Weaknesses:
Disaster that K2 DOES NOT INTRODUCE SELLING SKINS IN EUROPE this season!
Tried to buy in the US but it does not seem like they have there either.
Should drive with a pair of old skin that I will tape this year.
Have no desire to buy allroup skin this year and need to buy new next year.
Want the organ that fits into the ski slopes.

Summary:
Has taken 188 cm and mounted Barons to ride and ride a piste.
Feeling very good and easy-going in the piste, returning with the turmoil, one must be aware of getting worse with both a heavy ski and the Baronians who are very heavy.

Model year: 2010
Riding style: Tour
Length on the ski: 188 cm
Riders weight: 80 kg
Riders length: 176 cm

allezallez
14/01/2010
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Strenghts:
Stable yet easy-to-use good edge grip and easy to swivel!
Bought these because they received good reviews and after a week together I have not been disappointed!

Weaknesses:
The tip rocker can flatten something when the skis are flat at high speeds, for example, on a transport distance. However, I suspect I'm ignoring this when I took the first pillars .. hey

Summary:
So far, one week in the seal has been the most in the piste and a few smaller offpiste tracks on harder snow. The gun works for this and it will be exciting to test them in softer snow and know the bearing.
Have chosen to mount Mark Baron and notice no difference to having a regular Alpine tie, cannon !!!
Keep in mind that K2 measures their skis differently. 174 is rather 181 if compared to other brands ...

Model year: 2010
Riding style: Pist and offpiste
Length on the ski: 174 cm
Riders weight: 75 kg
Riders length: 176 cm

Hampsu
01/12/2009
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Strenghts:
Stability, edge grip, going like the train

Weaknesses:
will not come on

Summary:
Probably in Kåbdalis in an extremely raised piste and slick pistols.
really nice skis, the rocker gives no disadvantages in the piste, can even be that it crashes earlier due to rocker. really good skiing.

Model year: 2010
Length on the ski: 181 cm
Riders weight: 90 kg
Riders length: 186 cm