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REVIEW: K2 MINDBENDER 90 TI

Model year: 2019-2020
Waistings: 127-90-114
Length: 177
Radius: 17.9 m

Construction: wooden core, sidewall, tip-rocker, two layers of metal, Y beam,

The Mindbender series is the new freeride line from K2. He succeeds the Pinnacles. With widths of 85 to 116 mm below the foot, so actually just like the Pinnacles. It is also not so strange to compare these Mindbenders with their predecessors. This 90 TI is therefore on the narrow side of the series and should compete with other skis of 88-90 mm below the foot.

The ski has everything you expect from technology. The layers of metal are a variation on the Konic technology of K2: only on the sides is the metal; not on the center line of the ski. Behind the binding it is exactly the other way around: only in the middle is metal, so the outer few cm is not. And even with incomplete layers of metal, the ski is not light.

Dull.

The Mindbender 90 TI ski like a freeride ski. A large rocked point, not very precisely carving, significantly better in soft snow than on hard slopes, although it holds up well there. It slips better than it cuts. The ski is certainly stable and reliable, no surprises. The ski is not very lively, even a bit boring in terms of energy. The ski feels a bit duller than the Pinnacles of recent years.

He feels a bit bulky and heavy. That makes it reliable, predictable and consistent. But that also means that this is not a really playful or light-footed ski. Smooth as we are used to from K2, but he really lacks energy and noticeable rebound for me. Really a bit boring. Boring but sure.

Conclusion.

A low-energy, but very reliable, narrow freeride ski. For “all mountain”, it really leaves too much on the hard slopes. But if visibility is poor and the snow soft and messy, this can be a very good option.

Scores.
Stability 4/5
Edge grip 4/5
Forgiveness 5/5
Rebound 3/5
Cushioning 5/5
Short turn 4/5
Long turn 4/5
High speed 4/5
Low speed 4/5
Buoyancy 2/5

More reviews: www.gigiski.com

Geschreven door: Gijs van Lieshout

Gijs van Lieshout (1981) only became addicted to skiing at a later age. But he has more than made up for that. Although he is not a “professional” (he is not a ski instructor or otherwise works in the winter sports world), he can be found in the snow for 30 to 50 days every year. Of course for great skiing on and off the piste, but especially also for testing ski equipment. Ever since Gijs became involved in skiing in 2010, there has also been an interest in the various skis that come onto the market every year. This fascination initially came from a personal search for a suitable bar. He has since built up a considerable reputation as a “GiGi” as a ski connoisseur at the wintersport.nl forum. Since 2016 he has his own website gigiski.com about everything that has to do with ski equipment. Background articles, explanation of the techniques and construction methods in skis and a lot of ski reviews. Gijs is an independent consumer who takes a critical look at everything the ski brands have to offer. Nice products, but also a lot of bla bla. Gijs will mainly write about ski equipment. But also about testing skis, in the mountains and even on Dutch indoor courts.

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Gijs van Lieshout

Gijs van Lieshout (1981) only became addicted to skiing at a later age. But he has more than made up for that. Although he is not a “professional” (he is not a ski instructor or otherwise works in the winter sports world), he can be found in the snow for 30 to 50 days every year. Of course for great skiing on and off the piste, but especially also for testing ski equipment. Ever since Gijs became involved in skiing in 2010, there has also been an interest in the various skis that come onto the market every year. This fascination initially came from a personal search for a suitable bar. He has since built up a considerable reputation as a “GiGi” as a ski connoisseur at the wintersport.nl forum. Since 2016 he has his own website gigiski.com about everything that has to do with ski equipment. Background articles, explanation of the techniques and construction methods in skis and a lot of ski reviews. Gijs is an independent consumer who takes a critical look at everything the ski brands have to offer. Nice products, but also a lot of bla bla. Gijs will mainly write about ski equipment. But also about testing skis, in the mountains and even on Dutch indoor courts.

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16-02-2020

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