Just as it’s started dumping up here in Alaska, new toys from K2 have arrived, begging to be skied! The K2 SideKick will be my primary backcountry ski this season. I’ll be mounting them with the new Dynafit Radical STs, so look for a full review of both the Sidekicks and the Radicals after I’ve had an opportunity to get out and ski them.
K2 SideKick Details
- 139/108/127 profile
- Available in 153, 160, 167 and 174 lengths (see sizing info below!)
- Sidecut = 21m
- 8.6 lbs per pair
- MSRP: $699.95
New for the 2011/2012 season, the K2 SideKick is just wider than the GotBacks (102 underfoot), but not as wide as any of the twin-tipped team skis, like the MissDirected (117 underfoot). At 108 underfoot, I’m hoping the SideKick will be that magical ski that can handle the crud-busting days but also slay pow like a pro. With K2′s All Terrain Rocker and the traditional camber underfoot, this ski should be able to do just that. With it’s wood core, the SideKick maintains a lightweight profile, and still be fairly stable underfoot. We’ll see how she skis! Both the SideStash, the Men’s version of the SideKick, and the Sidekick were 2012 Selections for Skiing Magazine’s gear guide, so I have high hopes!
A word about sizing- K2′s skis seem to run long. I own a pair of Moment Reagans, size 168, an older pair of Karhu Berths, size 165, and when I stood my new K2s up next to them, I assumed that at 167, they’d sit right in the middle. Not so. They tower over the Reagans. I was in our local ski shop this week and the 167 seems to be on par with what all other ski companies call a 172-173. So, definitely check the skis out in person. They’re still looking like they’ll be great for shredding the Alaskan gnar, but be sure to get a look at the ski before you order one- you might want to size down from what is your normal size, even with that All Terrain Rocker and early rise tip.