For me K2 has kind of fallen off the map the last few years, but the new Pinnacle series has me really excited about them again. I had the chance to test both the Pinnacle 95 and Pinnacle 105 this past spring, and fell in love with both of these skis. For me, these were two of the best all mountain skis I had the chance to test, and even though I feel like the term “quiver of one” has been thrown around a bit too much, these two skis definitely fit that description. First up is the K2 Pinnacle 105. This ski is light-weight, easy to maneuver, playful, and yet very solid on groomers and hard pack snow. If you’re looking for one ski to do it all, the K2 Pinnacle 105 comes pretty darn close.
2016 K2 Pinnacle 105 On Mountain Video Ski Review
2016 K2 Pinnacle 105 On Mountain Ski Review
Conditions: Soft Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Packed Groomers, Frozen Crud
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffen
On the Snow Feel: The K2 Pinnacle 105 is somehow very playful, and yet very stable. It really does offer the best of both worlds. Slash and surf all you want in softer snow, and carve deep trenches at speed the next run.
Powder: The K2 Pinnacle 105 is built with an all-terrain rocker profile to help increase float and maneuverability. We never had the chance to test it out in really deep snow, but in 5 inches or so of fresh snow the ski was an absolute blast to ski. At 105mm underfoot, it’s not going to have fantastic float, nor will be a dedicated powder ski. However, this is one of the more maneuverable, and easy to pivot skis I have tested in a long time. It was very easy to slash, slarve, and surf any sort of turns in softer snow. I could easily see this becoming a favorite ski of mine for anything under a foot of snow. It will offer just enough float in those conditions to have some serious fun, but as things get deeper I feel like I’d be longing for a bit more width and float.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Pinnacle series is designed with what K2 calls Konic technology. Without going into too much detail, this basically means that the ski has been beefed up in areas where power is needed, and lightened elsewhere to reduce overall weight. The first thing I noticed was just how low the swing weight was on the K2 Pinnacle 105. It was so easy to pivot and maneuver this ski, even at slower speeds. Once on edge, the ski felt very quick and nimble, and yet it was surprisingly stable. The K2 Pinnacle 105 has a moderate 17m turn radius, and it felt really quick from edge to edge. The tail is slightly upturned, but I never had any issues with the ski feeling washy. Actually the ski felt surprising locked in even on firm to hard-pack snow. The biggest surprise for me though, was when opening things up and letting them run. When I pointed them downhill with some speed, they actually felt pretty darn stable. I love being able to vary turn shape without a whole lot of effort, and the K2 Pinnacle 105 seemed pretty happy making turns of pretty much any shape.
Speed: Here’s where I feel the Konic technology really seems to help out. When you first pick up the K2 Pinnacle 105 they feel rather light, and I was a little worried that they wouldn’t be great at speed. Boy was I wrong. These things felt surprisingly damp and stable even when maching down groomers. It was surprising that a ski this playful and nimble was also great at speed. I never felt loose or unstable on smooth terrain, and yet it was still super easy to maneuver the ski around. I loved this combination. It’s perfect for those who want to ski fast and need a ski that is stable yet very responsive.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: This was another area I was pleasantly surprised with the K2 Pinnacle 105. Some of my favorite skis for variable terrain are beefy and heavy, allowing me to blast through crud with ease. The K2 Pinnacle 105 is neither heavy, nor super beefy, and I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to cut through crud very well. I was wrong again. The rocker line on the K2 Pinnacle 105 is relatively low profile, but it extends pretty far towards the center of the ski. This helps to “eat up” terrain pretty well. Even when speeding over crud and chop the K2 Pinnacle 105 remained pretty damp and stable. It was also great having such a nimble ski underfoot to maneuver around any obstacles I needed to. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the K2 Pinnacle 105 is a hard charging crud buster, but rather a fantastic mix of charger and finesse. It’s powerful enough to blast through some crud, and nimble enough to bounce around everything else.
Edge Hold: Edge hold of the K2 Pinnacle 105 felt great on firm to hard pack groomers. The only area I’d hesitate to say the 105 was great is icy steeps, but I also wouldn’t say it was bad here either.
The K2 Pinnacle 105 was a great surprise for me. It is one of the best all-mountain skis that I have skied from K2 in a long time. It was also one of the best “quiver of one” skis that I have tested of any brand for 2015/2016. This isn’t necessarily a ski for everyone, but it offers such a nice balance of skills that it will cater to a wide variety of skiers. K2 really did a great job blending playfulness, easy turn initiation, and quickness, with power, liveliness, stability and dampness. It really is a true “quiver of one” type ski that is somehow part charger, part finesse, and 100% fun.