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All-Terrain Rocker All-Terrain Rocker

The Legend Returns

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$649.95

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Description & Specs

Doug Coombs' legendary memory lives on in this second graphic in a series of three that portrays Doug's days pioneering the Chugach Mountains. The 102mm waist strikes the perfect balance for all conditions; a backcountry ski that is light enough to tour on, but strong enough to rip big days. * K2 will donate a percentage of all COOMBAck ski sales to Doug’s family.

  • Sizes: 167, 174, 181, 188
  • Binding Options: no binding
  • Radius: 22m @ 174
  • Construction: Triaxial Braid, Cap Construction, Fir/Aspen/Maple Core
  • Weight: 1820g @ 174
  • Features: Powder Tip, Progressive Sidecut, SnoPhobic Topsheet, Carbon Web, ZCLIP Skin Compatible, Skin Grommets

Technology

All-terrain-rocker
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
Triaxial-braid
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.
Wood-core
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.
Cap-construction
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.
Powder-tip
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.
Progressive-sidecut
Progressive sidecut is a combination of two different radii, or sidecuts, that enhance the versatility of wider-waist skis. Standard sidecut theory is based on using a single radius. This works well on narrower skis, but becomes overpowering on wider skis, especially in variable conditions. The use of progressive sidecut on wider-waist skis guarantees improved turn initiation and hard-snow performance.
Snophobic-topsheet
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.
Carbon-web
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.
Skin-grommets
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.

Reviews

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4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great flotation (26)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Smooth ride (18)
  • Good grip (17)
  • Good carving ability (16)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Downhill (20)
  • Powder skiing (16)
  • Powder (12)
  • Telemarking (7)
  • Groomed terrain (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (9), Expert (7), Professional (5), Competitive skier (4), Competitive athlete (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

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5.0

Superb all mountain / backcountry ski

By Nick M

from Maidenhead, UK

About Me Expert

Pros

  • Good Carving Ability
  • Great Flotation
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Topsheet scratches easily

Best Uses

  • Moguls
  • Powder Skiing
  • Steeps
  • TREES

Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

Review is for 2013 model.

I have been skiing for 25 years and own carving skis and fat twin tip powder skis with powder rockers.

These skis are extremely versatile and the most fun pair of skis I have ever used having just skied on them for 9 days out of 12 in Colorado (I spent the other 3 days on carvers).

I have skied them in deep powder, trees, bumps and hardpack and carried them for 45 minutes on a bowl hike. They have superb flotation and I have not had any problems with tip dive. They are lighter than fatter powder skis and much more versatile than fatter reverse camber skis. They steer very quickly, are very accurate and like to charge. They have fantastic (actually unbelievable) edge hold and can be carved on hardpack, they can do quick short radius turns on steep terrain and blast through tracked powder. They are great fun skiing bumps and trees. They are perfect all mountain skis - well done K2.

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5.0

Lagrave Addition Red ski

By Mill

from Jackson Hole Wyoming

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Doug Would Have Liked
  • Durable
  • Good Carving Ability
  • Good Grip
  • Great Flotation
  • Lightweight
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Smooth Ride

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Crud
    • Downhill
    • Powder Skiing

    Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

    Ive tested the Lagrave ski in all conditions from ice to waste deep powder to crud derby kind of runs and find them to be solid in all conditions.Quick turners in the steeps and stable at speed. I think Doug would have really liked this ski. I have enjoyed guiding on them.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    heavenly

    By viper

    from Whistler

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Carving Ability
    • Good Grip
    • Great Flotation

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Powder Skiing

      Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

      O.K. I'm a old timer skier were skiing powder you really could use a snorkel to breath so any FAT Ski is like water skiing, the faster you go the better they climb out of the powder. These ski are so easy to ski on in the trees and in the glades it makes a average skier look like a pro. On the hard they have a speed limit were tip vibration start to affect the edging control which is expectable for a all mountain and backcountry ski. Great Ski, be a control ski on the groomers and you will enjoy them!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      An absolute thrill

      By Banev

      from London, UK

      About Me Advanced

      Pros

      • Durable
      • FUN
      • Great Flotation
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth Ride

      Cons

      • Shaky At Speed

      Best Uses

      • Downhill
      • Groomed Terrain
      • Powder Skiing
      • Telemarking

      Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

      Bought a pair 188 Coombacks after getting caught in 1m deep powder on a pair of scott Neos, thinking it would make a good two pair quiver, one for pow, one for ice.
      Turned out to be a one way change, never bothered taking the Neos out of the bag even on the iciest of days - Coombacks are the perfect telemark ski, offering plenty of grip, excellent smoothness of the ride, fair amount of floatation and all the freedom in the world.
      Ofcourse, they do not have the edge grip of a thinner, harder ski and lack of metal laminate is felt at speed, so for an Alpine user they would be slightly less versatile, but for telemarking, the Coombacks are a perfect tool for on + offpiste riding that you can pick any morning without bothering to look out the window.

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      3.0

      Great backcountry ski!

      By Salty Sully

      from Jackson Hole, WY

      About Me Expert

      Pros

      • Great Flotation
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth Ride

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Powder Skiing
        • Telemarking

        Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

        Excellent backcountry ski, get's a little scary on hardpack at speed.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect Off-Piste ski

        By Anaco Gregg

        from Bend, Oregon

        About Me Expert

        Pros

        • Extremely Forgiving
        • Good Carving Ability
        • Great Flotation

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Downhill
          • Off Piste
          • Powder Skiing

          Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

          I purchased my 2012-2013 181cm Coombacks last week and have skied Mt Bachelor five days, in conditions ranging from 15 F during a 26" inch powder dump to 55 F a week later with no new snow. I find them incredible, they ski everything well. They love packed or shin-deep powder, they blast though melted and half-frozen piles of tracked powder, they float through untracked snow that's been baking in 55 F temps all day. They have been at home on nearly all the runs at Bachelor by now, lower mountain, upper mountain, frontside, backside.

          But the best thing for me is they are unbelievably forgiving. Start thinking about that Bend brewpub you haven't tried yet, and no problem, the Coombacks just finish your turn and wait for your next command. Lean back, they don't care, they are there for you. Get sloppy, get lazy, the Coombacks will take care of you! (Not that I recommend sloppiness :-)

          I initially thought the tip rocker was BS, since it's hardly visible, but now I really think the tip rocker helps a lot, as it allows a small input to get that turn going in just about anything. And whatever technology gives it to you, there's lots of power under your feet when you need to carve hard, whether it's soft or hard snow.

          I have not tried them BC yet. They certainly are heavier than my touring skis, so it may be a while until I take them out there.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Like a Leatherman...one tool many jobs

          By Maine Bound

          from Connecticut

          About Me Expert

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy Turn Initation
          • Good Carving Ability
          • Good Grip
          • Playful
          • Smooth Ride

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cross-Country
            • Downhill
            • Skinning

            Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

            I am 5'10 160 and ski the 181 2013 Coomback. With the all-terrain rocker great length for me. I ski mostly in the east (Ski Patrol most weekends) and have had this ski out on groomers and ice and has performed surprisingly well. It holds an edge and has good turn initiation with the rocker. I was pleased that I could really stand on the edge, given the lack of metal in the ski I thought it would ski soft. This is a very playful ski but I will say it does prefer speed however that can be expected for its size. I bought this ski to serve mainly as a second pair for powder days and eastcoast backcountry in VT, NH and ME. It may not be the lightest, but its versitility really shines through in mixed and changing conditions. Out here we can transition from ice, to windblown, to corn in a single bc day and the ski handels all very well. I couldnt be happier with the choice-great job with this ski K2. BTW I love the graphic, have had several complements and its always great to connect with a fellow skier through the memory of Doug Coombs. Cheers!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All my friends have a pair !

            By BMoe

            from Jackson,Wy,USA

            About Me Professional

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fine Teachin At Jhole
            • Good Carving Ability
            • Good Grip
            • Great Flotation
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth Ride

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Downhill
              • Manky Snow
              • Powder Skiing
              • Telemarking

              Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

              Most of my clients and quite a few friends have used this ski since it first came out. I got a huge tip and ordered a pair of 181's with dynafits then it snowed 145 inches in the next three weeks. I read other reviews about chatter and poor handling in crud. I would say take a lesson. You can make them chatter on firm snow if you're brain dead. Tip them and move to the next turn; otherwise look for soft snow and take a lesson.I toured on the Wapta last April, no problems, although my WayBacks are lighter the Coombacks slayed the Pow. July mank in the Winds,again a very nice ride. Maybe alittle pow at Lost Trails with TeleTalley; just like ole times at Bridger Bowl.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              2011/2012

              By sastrugi

              from Oregon

              About Me Advanced

              Pros

              • Good Carving Ability
              • Great Flotation
              • Smooth Ride

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Powder Skiing
                • Telemarking

                Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

                Coming from a telemark background, my previous set up was an Atomic TM EX with g3 targas. I put telemark tech system (tts) bindings on the Coombacks and ran Scarpa Terminators. I was bombing chutes of wettish powder through the trees, just floating effortlessly. In the opens, the skis wanted more like a horse begging for the cudgel. These skis performed best the faster and more aggressive you ski. Very nimble, stable, predictable, perfect flexing, nice! Thank you K2!

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                5.0

                Excellent ski

                By Jasmin Gacic

                from Sarajevo, Bosnia

                About Me Advanced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Carving Ability
                • Good Grip
                • Great Flotation
                • Lightweight
                • Smooth Ride

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Cross-Country
                  • Downhill
                  • Groomed Terrain
                  • Moguls
                  • Powder Skiing

                  Comments about K2 Skis COOMBAck:

                  The other day I went skiing on Stubaier glacier, a perfect chance to try out my new skis (Coombacks - BMW edition).
                  It has proven to be a perfect ski on groomers, on crust, powder and slush. It behaved same on all terains I skied on. So in one word PERFECT. Thanks K2!!!

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