K2 Mindbender 99Ti All-Mountain Skis 2022 – 2023 | Review

Tweaked for the 22/23 winter season, the Mindbender 99Ti provides an extremely powerful ride for intermediate to expert skiers

Why we chose the K2 Mindbender 99Ti: Powerful, damp, versatile 

Lengths (cm): 166,172,178,184 & 190
Sidecut (mm): 134 / 99 / 120 (184 cm)
Radius: 18.6m (184 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,200g
Price: £600

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The Mindbender range have consistently been some of our favourite skis in the Mpora offices. In fact, they’ve kind of become part of the furniture round here. This is largely thanks to their combination of an all-mountain platform and titanal power, something that makes them an extremely versatile pair of skis that can take on a wide range of conditions with very little speed limit.

For the 2022/23 winter season, K2 has made a few important tweaks to this notable titanal construction and, honestly, we couldn’t really have been more stoked to hear about (and then test out) these updates.

K2 Mindbender 99Ti Build

The previous Mindbender 99 could be pretty punishing if it ever caught you in tight terrain, especially if you found yourself in the backseat, so K2 has looked to bring in these updates to combat those characteristics.

That’s why K2’s classic Y-Beam tech gets a bit of nip and tuck treatment. It looks pretty similar to last years’ design at first glance, but take a closer look and you’ll see the top of the Y beam splits off, almost like a two-pronged trident, towards the tips. The tails see a touch less metal coverage, with heavily contoured sections stretching towards the tails.

Given this new design, the new Y-Beam 2.0 means there’s more mass towards the tips, leading to better tracking, stability and easier turn initiation. The tweaked tail, meanwhile, makes for an easier release when you need to dump speed.

K2 Mindbender 99Ti Flex

The change in the metal layup, and tweaked core construction, has obviously changed the flex of these skis just a touch. They’re pretty soft in the tips compared to the stiffer main body of the ski. The stiff section runs from where the rocker starts and goes all the way down to the start of the tail rocker.

K2 Mindbender 99Ti Shaping

The shape remains pretty similar to the previous Mindbender 99Ti but, if it’s all new to you, let’s take a quick look at it all. First up, you’ve got what I’d call a pretty traditional nose. There is a little tapering in there, but it’s certainly nothing compared to a lot of the more ‘modern’ heavily tapered  skis we’re seeing produced in this category.

Then you’ve got a 99mm waist which covers all the bases for a typical all mountain ski, and, again, slightly tapered tips.

The rocker profile also runs pretty true with the previous models. You’ve got a classic rocker, camber, rocker profile with the rocker running deep into the ski. K2 has done this to keep the ski manoeuvrable and loose when you need it, while the camber provides a longer effective edge for laying the skis over at speed.

Who Is The K2 Mindbender 99Ti For?

We didn’t think it was possible but the tweaks that K2 has made to this rocket of a ski have made them even more of a blast to ski. While previous iterations of the Mindbender range were a touch on the demanding side, the updates have made this years’ skis intuitive and snappy. They’ve also opened up the possibilities when it comes to varying your turn radius with little effort.

So much thought and consideration has clearly gone into exactly where the power is needed on the ski, and you can really feel this when you’re opening the skis up around the resort. The skis grip extremely well, especially considering their 99mm waist, and provide a snappy and energetic release at the end of every turn.

If you’ve not yet had a chance to take the Mindbender 99Ti for a blast then I’d definitely recommend you get yourself clicked into a pair this winter. They’re Jack of all trades, master of, well…, surprisingly quite a bit.

What Is The K2 Mindbender 99Ti Good At?

Versatility: 9/10
Power: 9/10
Stability: 9/10

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