If you’re looking for a great all-purpose downhill ski, you should consider the K2 Rictor. It’s designed to include the best of both worlds: 30% of it is rockered, 70% cambered. That means that the K2 Rictor is fast, controllable and a great ski to take on well-groomed slopes or into deep powder.
K2 has been around since 1961. It was founded by the Kirschner brothers, Don and Bill, outside of Seattle. K2 is known for revolutionizing the way skis are constructed; they institutionalized making skis from fiberglass instead of wood and metal. This made skis much lighter and more manageable. K2 also produces snowboards, skates and bicycles.
For a set of skis that are manageable and controllable in both powder and hardpack, consider a pair of K2 Rictors. They have the best features of both the camber and the rocker design, have sidecuts that make turning a breeze and are constructed to give the skier more control at every moment. These are great skis for intermediate skiers, and they’ll come in handy no matter what sort of slope you find yourself skiing down. You’ll be able to buy a pair of these skis at sporting goods stores, or online at K2skis.com.
The K2 Rictor is built in K2’s All Terrain Rocker design, which means the ski’s design combines elements of rocker and camber. For the uninitiated, when looking at a ski horizontally, camber means that both tips are curved up, and there’s a slight arch in the middle (imagine a long, soft, extended W). Rocker, or reverse camber, means that the two tips are curved up and the bottom has no arch. The tips on rockers are generally higher than on cambers. Rockers were once designated for powder skiing. Most of the K2 Rictor is built in the camber style. Only on the front tip does the rocker take over. That makes this ski great for all terrains.
The All Terrain Rocker technology that K2 uses for the Rictor ski also means that these skis have high performance suspension systems in their design. These skis will distribute the vibrations of any impact along the length of the ski, which will give you better control over your equipment. All Terrain Rockers also include a mass of zinc that mitigates vibrations of impact at key locations along the ski. These skis are designed with progressive side cuts, which make the bird’s-eye shape of the ski unique. The Rictor has a fairly wide width, but cut-in in two different radii. This makes the skis more manageable and easier to control on the hardpack.
Ski Magazine selected the K2 Rictor for its gear of the week, lauding its maneuverability and forgiveness. They suggest this ski for intermediate skiers. The tip/waist/tail measurements of the K2 Rictor are 127/80/109, which affects the turning radius. The more dramatic the difference between the three figures, the shorter the turning radius. The K2 Rictor seems to fall somewhere in the middle. The Rictor is available for $649.95 without bindings and $899.95 with bindings.