2022 K2 Mindbender 90 Ti

Ski Stats

Sidecut 127/90/114
Radius 17.9m @ 177cm
Lengths 163,170,177,184
Weight 1924g @ 177cm
MSRP $800
Power Score: 8.00

Finesse Score: 8.05

K2 completely changed every core model in its 19/20 line, without straying one centimeter from its core values. True, the Mindbenders were built differently than the Pinnacles that preceded them, using all wood cores in their Ti incarnations (saying ta-ta to Nano-tech), and more Titanal in the tail section to increase rear support compared to the passé Pinnacles. Even though the Mindbender Ti series, of which the 90 Ti is the narrowest, aims for a better class of skier (if you’ll pardon the expression), they’re not so stout they can’t be controlled by adventurous intermediates. The Mindbenders’ Ti Y-Beam construction puts Titanal over the edge in the forebody but moves it away from edge in the tail. This adjusts the skis’ torsional rigidity requirements to create more bite in the forebody and easier release of the tail, without affecting their even, balanced flex longitudinally. Light and responsive to a gentle hand on the reins, the Mindbender 90 Ti may at first blush feel a tad too loose in the tip to trust at warp speed, but it proves trustworthy if given a chance to run at high rpms. An elevated platform connected to the core by its robust sidewall gives the Mindbender 90 Ti turbo power when rolled on edge. “It turns the way you ask it to and holds with confidence on hardpack,” attests Ward Pyles from Peter Glenn.

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