New for this season, the K2 iKonic 85 Ti is a well-rounded and versatile ski with an easy going personality. It didn’t stand out in any one area, but rather did everything pretty well. It wasn’t my favorite for charging the front-side, but could be great for the intermediate to advanced skier that wants a capable ski that isn’t demanding.
K2 iKonic 85 Ti Review
Conditions: Soft Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Packed Groomers
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker MXC
On the Snow Feel: The K2 iKonic 85 Ti has this east going feel that is maneuverable, forgiving, and yet still relatively stable. I wouldn’t say it’s for the hard charging skier, nor for the skier that wants to play around on every terrain feature in sight. Instead, I think this would be a good match for the skier that wants as versatile ski that is easy to turn.
Powder: The K2 iKonic 85 Ti is a frontside oriented all-mountain ski that will do okay in a light powder, but will definitely feel out of place in anything deep. It’s a great ski for the days when typical groomer runs have a light dusting on top.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I think the thing that stood out most was just how easy the K2 iKonic 85 Ti is to ski. It’s a forgiving ski that feels maneuverable and relatively nimble. Thanks to the new iKnonic construction, the ski feels relatively light-weight, while still retaining the power and liveliness you want underfoot. I found the tips to be relatively soft compared to the center, and when leaning the ski on edge, it was really easy to get it to flex into the turn. Once on edge, the ski still has enough stiffness underfoot to feel powerful, and the aspen and paulownia wood keeps it lively and energetic. I will admit that I didn’t find the ski overly exciting. I found that it preferred any easy-going approach, and it didn’t really want me to drive the ski. Still, for those that would rather make slower, more relaxed turns down the groomers, the iKnonic could be really fun. It seems to be geared slightly more towards intermediate or advanced skiers that want a forgiving, and yet capable ski, that is relatively easy to turn.
Speed: Overall, the K2 iKonic 85 Ti has a smooth and stable feel, but I found that it could get chattery if I tried to drive the ski too hard at speed. To be fair, I did spend a lot of time on the Head Monster 83 before skiing the iKonic 85. It’s not that the iKonic doesn’t hold up at speed, but it prefers more of a finesse approach than the Monster 83. As long as you don’t get too aggressive, the ski seems to hold up pretty well, but if you push it a little too hard, the ski will let you know.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The K2 iKonic 85 Ti does a decent job on roughed up groomers, and would even be okay off piste. I actually found it pretty fun in the softer snow, but I wouldn’t want it to be too deep. The tip rocker does a decent job of gliding over roughed up terrain and the titanal underfoot helps to smooth out the terrain. In deeper and frim chop, I did notice that the soft flex in the tip could get overpowered. So long as I took a more nimble, finesse, type of approach I would be fine.
Edge Hold: I was a little disappointed with the edge hold for the K2 iKonic 85. It was perfectly fine on medium firm snow, but as things hardened, the ski was less stable and more prone to skidding when trying to turn.
Bottom Line: The K2 iKonic is a solid all-mountain frontside ski that caters more to the finesse skier than the aggressive charger. It’s a ski that is maneuverable, forgiving, and easy to turn. It’s relatively quick and lively from edge to edge, and has moderate stability at speed. It does well on roughed up groomers, but less so in deeper chop off piste. I found that it isn’t overly powerful, and aggressive skiers will find it a bit too easy going. I think that this would be a good ski for the progressing intermediate or advanced skier that is going to spend a lot of time on the groomers, and wants a ski that is easy to turn, and yet can hold up pretty well when not being pushed overly hard.