2023 K2 Mindbender 99 Ti

Ski Stats

Sidecut 134/99/120
Radius 19.6m @ 184cm
Lengths 166,172,178,184,190
Weight 2200.2g @ 184cm
MSRP $900
Power Score: 8.71
Finese Score: 9.07
Of all the new models introduced this season, K2’s Mindbender 99 Ti took by far the greatest leap up in our standings, all the way to the top of our Finesse Favorites. But it wasn’t its Finesse properties per se that drove its across-the-board improvement, but the new Mindbender 99 Ti’s vastly enhanced Power properties. When a ski is calmer on edge on hard snow, it improves the overall impression of forgiveness and ease as the skier doesn’t have to struggle to stay in balance. So, the new Mindbender 99 Ti comes off as a kinder, gentler ski precisely because it’s a much better Power ski than its predecessor. Driving the 2023 Mindbender 99 Ti’s ascension to the top rung of the Finesse ladder is a re-design of the ski’s signature feature, Titanal Y-Beam. It’s still shaped like a futuristic slingshot, with the forks of the yoke running up each side of the forebody, a wall-to-wall stretch underfoot and a centered tail section. K2 fiddled with the size and shape of the forward forks so the ski hooks up earlier and with more authority, but it’s the transformation of the Y-Beam’s tail design that contributes the most to the Mindbender 99 Ti’s newfound tranquility on edge. Not many skiers lose sleep thinking about the effects of tail design on turning accuracy, especially in a nation where carving a full turn is a dying art, but the palpable improvement created by a more supportive tail in the Mindbender 99 Ti proves that everything that goes into a ski - from tip to tail - affects the total result. The new model earned higher marks in every single criterion, not just turn finish or stability at speed, which one would expect to be enhanced by a beefier tail. On average, its Finesse scores were even higher than its boffo Power scores, indicating that the new Mindbender 99 Ti not only has a higher ceiling than any K2 AMW model in recent memory, it also manages to have a lower floor.
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