K2 Talkback 88

2018

Women's Free-Tour
K2
Price: £460.00 (ski only)
Overall:
Off piste long turns:
Off piste short turns:
On piste:
Suitability for touring:
Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Upper Advanced Lower Expert Upper Expert
Sidecut 126-88-113
Turn radius 14m (160cm)
Lengths 153, 160 (1,175g), 167
Construction Cap & sidewall combo
Carbon, flax & light woodcore
Tip & tail rocker
Strengths Solid in all snow, yet still lightweight
Weaknesses Width and tip can make it slower

They say

The Talkback 88’s trimmer 88mm waist and lighter core makes for effortless ascents and extra hip swivel in the glades.

We say

For a touring-specific ski the Talkback is surprisingly solid and reassuring. It feels totally engaged on the edge, while the complex construction gives an exceptionally smooth ride. The 88mm underfoot, wide tip, and rocker also give it great floating qualities in deep powder. For all its capabilities, it still manages to feel very light and would work well for long climbs.

Tester Comments

Lynn Mill
Great for deep, untracked snow. Wide tip doesn’t suit piste so stay on the side
Tess Swallow
Brilliant, doesn’t feel like a touring ski