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K2 Speed Charger 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB

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It really lives up to its name... and well deserves its place among the best skis on the market. Reviewed too short (168 cm) last year, K2's Speed Charger is back this year at 175 cm, a size that's far better adapted to its programme.

The extra length significantly improved its long turn performance, as well as its grip and cutting-edge pace that are the tool's strong points.

The Speed Charger is shamelessly designed for speed. Stability is exceptional ("as if on rails in long turns") and is reassuring for riders who love ripping across the groomed slopes. An absolute rocket that needs lots of space to get the most out of it on the piste.

Once out of its field of predilection (in which it excels), the Speed Charger is a bit more timid. It's less adaptable at slower speeds, a bit more demanding in short turns, and not so smooth on soft snow.

While many of the skis reviewed in this category flaunt their liveliness and performance in tight turns, the Speed Charger offers a different programme that puts the emphasis on stability and performance in long arcs.

The Speed Charger is a very good ski that we recommend for good to very good riders who live for long turns and speed.

Review: Pros

  • Exceptional in long turns
  • Great grip and turn control
  • Outstanding stability
  • Acceleration in turns

Review: Cons

  • A stiff ski that's more demanding in short turns
  • Not very smooth in soft snow
  • Needs good positioning

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
Stability/turning performance
Short turn performance
Long turn performance
Skid turn performance
Snow contact
Soft snow fluidity

Who's it for?

Good → Very good

Manufacturer's remarks

The main features of the Speed Charger from K2 are speed and unparalleled control. Its long-turn radius is perfect for linking turns on groomed runs and hard pack. Its ultra-solid construction means you'll be able to hit the slopes running season after season. Paired with the Marker MXCell 14 TCx D binding for maximum precision and snow contact on groomed terrain.

Features of the Speed Charger

Brand : K2
Model : Speed Charger
Year : 2019
Family : Piste performance
Size tested : 175 cm
Tip size : 125 mm
Waist size : 72 mm
Tail size : 99 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : 18 mm

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in La Clusaz, France, March 2018