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
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.