The K2 Luv Boat 108 is a really fun and capable women’s freeride ski. It’s most at home in the soft snow, but has the versatility to be skied all over the mountain.
K2 Luv Boat 108 Women’s Freeride Ski Review
Conditions: Soft Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Packed Groomers
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: The K2 Luv Boat has a semi-stable feel that can be very fun and playful on soft snow, and stable enough when you have to take the groomers back to the lift. It feels moderately soft and light, making it more maneuverable than you might expect for a ski that is 108mm underfoot.
Powder: Unfortunately we did not have the chance to take the K2 Luv Boat into snow deeper than 5”. However, we feel very confident saying that the Luv Boat would be a really fun ski in soft and deep snow. It has a large 139mm shovel with a pretty deep rocker line and relatively soft flex. This large tip will help the ski to plane really well and keep the tips pointing up. The wide 108mm base underfoot will give you a decent amount of float. The tail is only slightly raised, giving the Luv Boat a directional feel. However, it gives you just enough rise to break them free when you want to, and when combined with the tapered tip, the ski will feel easier to maneuver and surf in deeper snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: At 108mm underfoot, the K2 Luv Boat does seem to take a bit of effort to get it on edge. However, the ski does have a moderately soft flexing tip with a good amount of rocker and a decent taper. The core is also designed to give the ski a lighter feel overall, and a reduced swing weight that helps to keep the ski easy to pivot. All of this adds up to a ski that feels relatively maneuverable for a wider ski. At slower speeds the ski feels relatively easy to turn, but at lower edge angles the ski wants to slash and skid turns, more than carve. At higher edge angles the ski was more willing to turn, but felt like it needed some speed to get it up on edge. The soft flex does make it feel a bit smoother when trying to get on edge, but it is a pretty wide base to tip over. Underfoot, the ski feels a bit more substantial. The outer edges have a stiffer flex that is reinforced with metal. This gives the edges of the skis a more powerful feel. In addition, the ski is wrapped in a triaxial braid fiberglass, giving it more torsional rigidity. All of this helps the ski feel more stable when carving turns on groomers. I wouldn’t call the ski super energetic or lively. It does have longer 18.5m turn radius, and transitions from edge to edge weren’t overly quick. Still, the Luv Boat is quite capable, especially considering its 108mm waist width. It wouldn’t be our go-to for skiing groomers all day, but those looking for a soft snow ski that can also handle groomers will appreciate the versatility this ski offers.
Speed: The wide base helps make the K2 Luv Boat 108 feel more stable than narrower skis, but it has a moderately soft flex, especially in the tip. The ski is also relatively light-weight, and didn’t inspire a ton of confidence to go super fast. Still, the ski has a moderately burly feel to it, and with a bit of metal reinforcement on the outer parts of the ski, it feels more substantial than a softer powder specific ski. We wouldn’t recommend it for those skiers that just want to straight line every run, but it can handle moderate speeds decently well.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The K2 Luv Boat seemed really happy in soft snow, even as things got a little roughed up. The wide nose does a really good job of floating over any kind of snow we encountered. We were a little worried that the soft flexing tip would be overpowered if conditions got too rough, but it seemed to hold up relatively well. The combination of a stiffer flex and wide platform underfoot helps to smooth out terrain really well. It was quite fun surfing over roughed up terrain.
Edge Hold: The K2 Luv Boat definitely prefers soft snow over firm, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t hold up well enough on hard packed groomers. The ski does have a good dose of camber underfoot, and when combined with a hybritech sidewall, it gives the ski some decent edge hold. However, the deep rocker line and tapered tip does seem to reduce the overall effective edge, and the Luv Boats do ski shorter than the length suggests. This ski is capable enough on hard snow, but really does prefer softer groomers. It’s just nice knowing you’ll have an edge when you encounter hard pack.
Bottom Line: The K2 Luv Boat is a very fun soft snow ski. It has decent float and handles the chop really well. It’s more at home on soft snow than hard, but has enough edge hold to take on hard packed groomers. It’s not overly energetic or lively when carving turns, but does feel solid, smooth, and predictable. The ski holds up well at moderate speeds, but can feel a bit soft and light when really skiing fast. This would be a great option for those skiers who are going to spend a lot of time on soft snow, and want a ski that is moderately surfy and playful. At the same time the ski can handle the groomers perfectly fine. I wouldn’t necessarily say the K2 Luv Boat is for the hardest charging women, but definitely caters to advanced or expert skiers.