All Mountain Frontside
70 percent on-trail / 30 percent off-trail
K2 says they don’t throw the term “women specific” around lightly, a claim they’ve backed up for 16 years with their K2 Ski Alliance, a group of 30 plus women athletes. The new-this-year ALLUVit is designed to bridge the all mountain and freeride gap for women who like to ski in all conditions. Smart design puts lighterweight fir, aspen, and aerospace-grade composite in the core, reducing weight. Beefier wood at the perimeters backed up with metal and fiberglass boosts stability. A tapered tip and tail help deflect snow (up front) and create more control when exiting turns.
Swami gripe: The low-speed response could be better.
Swami like: “At full power, it’s versatile, dependable, and energetic,” said a tester.