2011 K2 SideStash Ski
|Lengths||167, 174, 181, 188|
|Construction||Metal Laminate Hybritech sidewall|
|Recommended Use||Powder, Crud, Off-piste|
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line expert-level bumps for the first time in my life by early spring. Probably ski 40-50 days per year. I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers. My skiing speed is fast to full-on. Overall fitness is high, as I am on my road bike 15+ hours a week 9 months of the year, and race pro-level races as a Cat1.
181cm, 108mm underfoot, tip rocker. Very similar in profile to the Blizzard Answer, and with less tip rocker than the Dynastar Legend Pro 115. Fairly stiff flex.
The Sidestash is coming back unchanged for 2011, after a very popular rookie year. It has a stiff-ish flex and character. The tip rocker gives it some give in crappy snow, and it releases very well. This is maybe the most performance-driven ski in K2's lineup. It rips at speed, but takes a bit of speed to really come alive. I felt that it, in comparison to the Answer in crappy snow, it was even a touch stiffer in the tip, not quite as easy to release, and a bit less turny, which is saying a lot. This is quite a bit of ski, and is solid in crud, to say the least. As such, it is a handful in bumps, and not the greatest tight-space ski around. The feel of the ski is damp, smooth, and poweful: classic laminate/wood core construction, without much of a real speed limit. Skied in crappy snow, it made lousy snow really fun. There is nothing remotely playful about this ski: it means business, and feels somewhat like a wider Mantra with a rockered tip. The Sidestash feels like a premier big-mountain ripper, but not really a great ski for a place like Tahoe that gets tracked out and bumped up in the afternoons, and I didn't enjoy it in tight spaces, as it seemed a bit to eager to hold onto the last turn. It is more of a haul-ass when the snow is soft and not to packed in type of ski, or a ski for days it is snowing hard all day, when the conditions are deep and getting deeper. Perhaps not the most versatile ride, but one of the best big-turn, off-piste skis around.