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All-Terrain Rocker All-Terrain Rocker

Light on the Weight, Heavy on the Pow

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Description & Specs

Built with the lightweight construction of the WayBack, the BackDrop's chubbier waist will conquer the deepest pow stash you can find and still leave you with enough energy for a second lap.

  • Sizes: 167, 174, 181
  • Binding Options: no binding
  • Radius: 23m @ 174
  • Construction: Triaxial Braid, Cap Construction, Aspen/Paulownia/Maple Core
  • Weight: 1820g @ 174
  • Features: Powder Tip, SnoPhobic Topsheet, Carbon Web, ZCLIP Skin Compatible, Skin Grommets


ROCKER: Easy initiation, versatility, agility
CAMBER: Control, edge hold, rebound

All-Terrain Rocker features an elevated tip for variable and soft snow performance, as well as camber underfoot for power, energy, and edge-hold in firmer conditions.

Simply put, All-Terrain Rocker offers versatility and ease in all snow conditions.
All-Terrain Profile
The patented Triaxial Braiding machine interlocks strands of fiberglass around a milled core, resulting in great torsional strength while retaining the lively flex patterns inherent in a wood core ski.
K2 uses a variety of wood cores for energy, rebound, and a liveliness only found in wood core skis. Our wood cores consist of a blend of different species of wood based on the desired flex and target performance of the ski.
Durable and lightweight “cap” skis are built by a sophisticated molding process that envelopes the core and internal materials with the top layer of the ski. Used throughout our ski line, cap constructions can be assembled with a variety of different cores. These variations, such as glass and/or metal materials, are the determining factors of the skis’ performance.
Designed to be more predictable in soft snow conditions, these tips are designed to strike the perfect balance of maximizing float while reducing tip deflection. These tips are designed with a gentle arc and transition into the sidecut of the ski.
Since snow collecting on the ski can add pounds to a climb, our SnoPhobic tops keep you light with a new snow-repellent topsheet. The running surface along the bottom of a ski is hydrophobic by design, so we’ve developed a thinner version of the same material to use on the BackSide model-specific topsheets.
Enveloping the Mod structure with a carbon weave where the strands of carbon are laid at precise angles for an additional level of torsional rigidity on the secondary core. This keeps the ski light but gives you the additional torsional strength where you need it most.
The new freeride tip and tail grommets are a clean, simple design that no longer requires a plug. The durable rubber coating disguises a slit designed to accommodate both the Z clip for our skin attachments, and the components to build a rescue sled.



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Very good all around, some limitations

By Ski2Fly

from Crystal Mt. / Alpental

About Me Expert


  • Great Flotation
  • Jr Bomber
  • Lightweight
  • Sidecountry
  • Steep Skin Tracks
  • Tip Rocker Camber Tail


  • No Turned Up Tail
  • Speed Limit

Best Uses

  • Chunder
  • Medium Speed Turns
  • Powder Skiing
  • Sidecountry
  • Spring Mush

Comments about K2 Skis BackDrop:

First a little context - started skiing on SideSeths 189s (188s?) last year and love them, was looking for something a bit lighter for skinning, but still wanted a wide ski. I bought these for more dedicated ski touring, which since I just bought have only done some sidecountry but even though only 1.25 lbs ligher per ski than my SS it is a noticable weight reduction when hiking, and even tossing them on after a morning of skiing the SSeths the lighter weight on the feet is noticable. These ski very much like the Sideseth only dialed back a bit, great float and tend to turn a bit easier. Rocker tip is great for really all conditions as it eases the turn in. Camber tail means there is a back seat to leverage off of especially nice if you are carrying an extra 20-30lbs of gear. With a 112 underfoot you can set a pretty steep skin track. When you ratchet up the speed alot you notice the ligher weight/shorter ski length and will get a bit more bounce and instability. Remember though this is comparison to the bomber (send it straighline) SideSeths. I'd guess about 40-45-ish MPH they tend to start getting a little loose. I am 6-2 225 so even the longest length is a bit undersized for what I prefer, but that is part of the target weight equation I am guessing.
One thing this ski could really us is the slightly turned up tail. I understand from some K2 literature why that was not done (easier to stick the tails in to put the skis on a slope is what I read) but I would take the trade off of some slight tail rise over that.
I would rate these a 5 (in the context of their target of backcountry/sidecountry) if the tail was turned up. My style of skiing has changed a fair amount skiing on wide skis and moving backwards through steep, variable terrain at fair speed is a part of that and I find that very useful, especially in the context of chutes and drops that wrap around you on both sides.
This would make a good always-inbounds ski for a lighter person that is maybe not as hard charging of a skier and likes to make turns and not open it up mach-schnell. Other than that, it is a very good alternative to ditch some weight to go skinning, but will certainly be heavier than narrower setups especially if those are set with Tech bindings.

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By Ethan

from Jackson Hole, WY

About Me Professional


  • Durable
  • Good Grip
  • Great Flotation
  • Lightweight
  • Overall Versatility
  • Smooth Ride


    Best Uses

    • Backcountry
    • Downhill
    • Powder Skiing
    • Sidecountry
    • Telemarking

    Comments about K2 Skis BackDrop:

    The BackDrop is the perfect touring ski for anyone spending time in the backcountry. The flat tail and Triaxial Braids in the ski's core provide stability no matter what kind of terrain you are getting into. It's lightweight construction allows the legs to move easier uphill, while the All-Terrain Rocker tip ensures life-changing powder turns on the way down. The great thing about the BackDrop is that it also skis well on the hardpack, allowing you to narrow down that expensive quiver of skis. I see skiers from the intermediate level to the professional level on the's worth the price of admission.

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    Awesome skis!

    By Mike K

    from Canadian Rockies


    • Light Fat Stable


    • none

    Best Uses

    • Everything

    Comments about K2 Skis BackDrop:

    I've had about 20 days on these so far and I love them! Last season I was using the Seth and these are much better for touring. I like the flat tail for kick turns and plunging the ski into the snow. I feel very confident on these skis in any conditions. Best backcountry ski I've ever been on. Only complaint is the top sheet does not shed snow as it claims.

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