Why we chose the K2 Mindbender 130: Smooth, responsive, versatile
Last: 98 mm
Cuff Range: 50°
Forward Lean: 10 to 17°
Binding Compatibility: GripWalk / MNC / Tech bindings
Weight (per boot): 1,725g
With K2 acquiring Full Tilt boots, their range of ski boots has grown massively for this season. One boot, however, that’s long been a part of K2 boot range has been the Mindbender resort touring boot. It’s light enough for short to medium tours, while also capable of providing an extremely responsive flex pattern when it’s needed.
The K2 Mindbender 130 offers a beefed-up flex rating with a generous walk mode, resulting in a freeride ski boot that’s capable of driving a range of skis at speed; no matter the conditions.
K2 Mindbender 130 Build
K2’s Powerlock Spyne has been a frequent feature on the Mindbender boots since they first came to market in 2019, and it lives on in this version. This lever is quickly becoming the adopted solution for ski boot manufacturers to create a touring boot that’s able to keep up high levels of downhill performance.
It all works through this simple lever mechanism. Flip the lever up and you’re released into walk mode. In this case, you’ve got 50 degrees of range of motion in the cuff (which is near enough free from any friction). Flip the lever back down and you’re locked back into a pretty powerful downhill mode.
The whole boot is made up from K2’s Powerlite shell, which is essentially a TPU overlap shell that’s made up from four different stiffnesses of TPU depending on where strength and stiffness is required. This TPU also varies in its thickness in certain areas. It’s pretty clever stuff really and means that K2 has managed to get the weight down to an impressively low number, while still upholding some best-in-class levels of downhill performance.