Why we chose the K2 Mindbender 116C: Agile, floaty, sick topsheets
Lengths (cm): 179, 186 & 193
Sidecut (mm): 143 / 116 / 133 (186 cm)
Radius: 23m (186 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,000g
Price: £550 / €615 / $700
The Mindbender 116C takes the throne of K2’s widest Mindbender. Carrying a waist width of 116 mm and high and long rocker in the tips and tails, this ski is designed to crush the biggest days in resort while remaining light enough to keep your legs from burning out on the tenth lap of the day.
K2 Mindbender 116C Build
K2’s Carbon Spectral Braid sits at the heart of this nimble powder ski. Carbon has been chosen over a titanal build, like the one found on the powerful Mindbender 106 TI, due to its low weight, yet still impressively high levels of performance.
This braid features a weave of carbon that begins tight towards the tips and underfoot, then opens out a little towards the tails. The ability to tighten and open the braid means that K2 can tune the flex of the ski in specific areas to get an exact flex pattern.
The Spectral Braid gets a further boost in power through carbon stringers than run for the full length of the ski. These stringers provide longitudinal stiffness in an effort to keep the tips and tails tracking true, even when the snow turns choppy.
Paulownia and Maple have been laminated together to make up the core. Paulownia has been chosen due to its lightweight, yet lively properties, while the dense Maple provides an energetic and damp ride for when you’re looking to absorb impacts and smash through crud.