We were definitely looking forward to testing K2's new super-playful all terrain model the Pinnacle 95. It didn' t disappoint. It's so impressive we' ve given it the runner's up spot in the overall Ski-of-the-Year award. Using Konic Technology and Nanolite keeps the weight down but still provides plenty of performance. Wood and metal with sidewall construction ensures grip; 95mm underfoot and plenty of rocker equals maximum versatility. Set to be a classic and it's already our choice as a one-ski option.
Matt (Covent Garden) Looked really cool and performed just as well. The large amount of rocker made it very manoeuvrable but it also felt stable which is unusual with less edge. The construction makes it very solid and really fun all over the mountain.
Simon (Cambridge) Surprisingly agile and responsive on hardpack but playful and light in powder.
Mark (Trainer) Even if you' re not a fan of the lime green but are looking for a fun, poppy and versatile, you NEED to try it. The new core keeps the weight down without softening it too much which makes them super playful. The V shape profile gives loads of float in the nose off-piste whilst allowing the waist to be a suitable 95mm all mountain width. Well done K2!
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Ski of the Year Runner Up, 2015/16
Product testing is an individual thing and each skier seeks different characteristics from the ski, asking and demanding that the tested model delivers various responses. The results are often as anticipated and skis will do all that is expected. Maybe not in precisely the way the tester prefers but these individualities make models unique and appealing. But what is it that makes a special ski? The ones that really stand out go beyond the areas where they are anticipated to excel; they perform in terrain and conditions past what they were designed for or possibly appeal to more than just their target audience. Skis like these are the award winners.