K2 Pon2oon Ski Review
The K2 Pon2oons are the second generation of the Shane McConkey inspired ski that changed how we think about powder skiing. A handful of modifications were made to the original to make it more aggressive — particularly at high speeds — while still maintaining its surfy feel. These changes include: a stiffer tail, less rocker (it still has plenty) and less pintail. The 179s (they're also available in 169 and 189) spec at out-of-this-world 157-132-122 mm dimensions and feature obligatory tip and tail rocker for maximum flotation. The skis have slight camber underfoot, which when combined with K2's Progressive Sidecut creates greater versatility for when you're headed back to the lifts or simply aren't lucky enough to be riding in bottomless powder.
Precut skins are available for the Pon2oons and the skis' tails include a notch for your skin clip. I've found K2's skis to be undersized. My 179s are nearly the same height as my 183 cm Volkl Katanas. At 5' 10“, I probably could have gotten away with a pair of 189s, but decided to favor a ski I'd be more agile on and settled for the 179s. Be ABSOLUTELY SURE you buy bindings with wide enough brakes. A local shop whose name I'll withhold for now hit me with an absurd fee for switching them out. As an added bonus, a percentage of all sales will go to help support the McConkey Family. On a double-digit powder day here in Jackson, there's no ski I'd rather be waiting in the tram line at 7 a.m. with. Thank you, Shane.
Watch K2's product video for them featuring Bryce Phillips and Mike Hattrup here:
Categories: Ski Tags: K2 Pon2oon, K2, Pontoons, powder skis, skis, rocker, fat skis
Added: 10/3/2012 Reviewed By: thanvolk