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K2 Mindbender 88 Ti Alliance reviews 2020

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PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments

The Mindbender series is the new all-mountain and freeride range from K2.

The 88Ti in its dedicated women's version ("Alliance") is a stiffer model, reinforced by a Y-shaped Titanal plate - which K2 call the 'Titanal Y-Beam' - which brings it a little extra 'oomph' which the testers enjoyed.

"Quite stiff", "lively but not overly", the K2 plays on the compromise between performance and accessibility. Overall performance is good, particularly on piste. The grip, the solidity and the versatility were noted in the test. It's a responsive ski which experienced skiers will enjoy.

Off-piste, the K2 Mindbender 88Ti holds its own. The testers found it noticeably "easy to manoeuvre" and at ease in the powder.

It's a ski which ticks all the boxes for "all mountain 70% piste: 30% freeride". It will suit skiers looking for a versatile model for riding all types of terrain. Very good skiers will find it lively.

Review: Pros

  • Overall performance
  • Balanced, versatile
  • Grippy and solid
  • Responsive, lively ski

Review: Cons

  • N/A

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Freeride - Flotation quality
☆☆☆☆☆
14.0
Handling in powder
☆☆☆☆☆
15.0
Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
14.0
Freeride - Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
14.0
All-terrain comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
16.0

Who's it for?

Good → Expert

Manufacturer's remarks

Stiff, lively and responsive, this ski is quite narrow underfoot to allow quick edge-to-edge transition. This, and the rocker technology in the tip ensure maximum precision and predictability in turn initiation, reliability on exit, and an incredible grip on the edges.

Features of the Mindbender 88 Ti Alliance

Brand : K2
Model : Mindbender 88 Ti Alliance
Year : 2020
Family : All-mountain
Size tested : 170 cm
Tip size : 125 mm
Waist size : 88 mm
Tail size : 112 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : 16 m

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Reviewed by PROSKILAB™

in La Clusaz, France, March 2019