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2012 K2 Aftershock


Pros: Stability, turn initiation, overall use

Cons: Short turns

Ski: K2 Aftershock
Dimensions: 130/86/114
Tested Length: 174
Turn Radius: 17 meters
Price w/binding: $1,049.99


The Good: Stability, turn initiation, overall use
The Bad: Short turns


Verdict: A top ranking ski in the class, the Aftershock got great remarks for everything from its edge grip and stability, to its ability to quickly adapt to almost any kind of condition or turn shape you threw at it. Interestingly, the only place it got lower marks were for short swing turns. Otherwise, it totally ate the mountain up.


Pros: Best K2 all mountain ski in a decade

Cons: Will be passed over by most people under 40

K2 has finally updated it's long in tooth Apache series with the new and vastly improved A.M.P. series. While the names have changed and constructions moving from a cap design to a sandwich construction (with all-mountain rocker (see: early rise)) the dimensions didn't stray to far from their predecessors. 


The Aftershock true to K2's form is one of the easiest skis in the mid 80mm category to ski but don't let the easiness fool you, the Aftershock is a blast to ski. Taking the Aftershock in varied conditions showed the versatility of ski, nothing really seemed to bother it. I would strongly suggest the Aftershock to anyone who is looking for a playful ski that is as comfortable at slower speeds as it is cranking it up.  


Other skis in class: Blizzard Magnum 8.7, Fischer Motive 84, Dynastar Legend 85





Length Tested:174

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  17M

Camber: Traditional, Early Rise 

Binding: Demo or Suggested (same)

Mount point: Suggested


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Winterpark/North Tahoe

Number of Runs: 3

Snow Conditions: Packed

Demo or Own: Demo


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 47

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 40-60

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 12 Blizzard Bonafide, 12 DPS 112RP Pure, 12 Kastle MX88

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees

2012 K2 Aftershock

Offering the widest dimensions of the AMP series, this high performance ski is built with ungroomed or softer snow conditions in mind. The All-Terrain Rocker gives you the added versatility to rip the glades or explore a side of the mountain that you’ve never seen before. Don’t let the 86 mm waist width fool you; the Aftershock is still lively and agile on the groomers. Give them a try, the versatility of this ski will shock you.

Lengths167, 174, 181
Turn Radius17M @174
Core MaterialMetal Laminate - Hybritech Sidewall, Aspen/Paulownia Core
Binding System
Binding IncludedYes
Recommended BindingMarker K2 MX12
Recommended useGroomed
Binding TypeSystem
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2012
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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