K2 Wayback 88
Tested in the Alps, the Himalaya, and above the Arctic Circle, the all new Wayback 88 is guide tested and guide approved. Built using K2's T3 construction, adding a Ti SpYne to the Paulownia Tour Lite core, and reinforced with carbon overdrive, the Wayback 88 is the most confidence inspiring touring ski we've ever made. Built to tackle the descent as well as it effortlessly cruises on the ascent; at an unbelievably low weight of 1270g (174cm), the K2 Wayback 88 continues to set the bar in touring ski performance.
Tests and Reviews
Ski of the Year - 2019 SkiAlper Buyer's Guide
“The brand new lightweight construction of the Wayback meets the most widespread expectations in classic touring and is the perfect tool for difficult descents that require impeccable behaviour. Whether it’s difficult snow or slopes or steep lines, the Wayback 88 is, in our opinion, the ski that can help the greatest number of ski-mountaineers to climb efficiently and ski down everything that can be thrown at them. It is no longer the elastic and round Wayback from before and is geared towards stronger skiers although it will stay enjoyable for less aggressive skiers”
What Confessions of a Ski Bum thinks:
I very much see the K2 Wayback as a “dependable, predictable backcountry tool”. Dependable as they last long and can also take a wicked beating (I am not easy on gear, I ski over rocks in summer, I get a lot of core shots from rocky terrain, etc). Predictable as the snappy flex and stiff underfoot reacts to the conditions the same every time, AKA: once you get to know the ski it will be your own lack of reaction when you wipe out. I often use the word “tool” to first describe this ski because I view it as such, this one is for getting serious work done in the backcountry – smashing cornices, ski cutting, long and fast missions, bashing skin tracks in dense wind slab… but it’s not a toy. You aren’t going to want to grab the Wayback 88 to ski rolling deep powder… well, you aren’t… I sure as hell have learned to love it over the years 😉 Read the full review here
|Lengths available||160 cm, 167 cm, 174 cm, 181 cm|
|Weight (g)||1282 g in 177 cm verified|
|Radius (m)||20 m (174 cm)|
Great guide-style ski, perfect for variable conditions
Comfortable, confidence-inspiring and stable
Titanal laminate developed specifically for K2 Touring skis that dramatically increases predictability and damping on lightweight carbon constructions, while enhancing stability and edge grip.
Hydrophobic, snow shedding top material that helps prevent snow from sticking to the tops of your skis.
Top secret construction using carbon fiber to make a ski even more awesome than if it did not have carbon fiber. Radness levels achieved are difficult to quantify. Product of area ’62.
ALL TERRAIN ROCKER™:
Skis with All-Terrain rocker have a gradual rise to the tip for great versatility in all conditions, with a short, low rise in the tail for added control variable snow.
Lively, flexible wood with excellent weight to strength ratio.