Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Blizzard Bonafide
2. Kästle BMX105
3. Liberty Genome
To all my reviews
Very good short and medium radius turns
Here we have another dashing "black" powder ski! I like black cars too. The 2017-18 K2 Pinnacle 118 has a fir and Aspen wood core, with triaxial glass, and strips of carbon that only run partial length of this 184cm tested ski. Damping is on the light side of moderate, and a good balance for its weight. This ski has an obvious 5 point sidecut, with its wide front section.
Turn initiation is easy, and the Pinnacle 118 makes very nice short and medium radius turns. It's edge hold is very good. Stability at speed is fair-good. I believe slower speed finesse skiers will find this ski very satisfying.
Even when the bumps started to firm up, this K2 Pinnacle 118 was comfortable, with its easy turn initiation, moderate-light damping, good torsional stability, and a tapered tip and tail. I have found it surprising, how good, most of the 2017-18 years wide powder skis are in bumps, even firm bumps....Progress!
Medium soft flex, and wide 5 point sidecut front section, both add to this skis powder capabilities.
K2 about the Pinnacle 118
"Updated with Konic Technology, the Pinnacle 118 is one award-winning freeride ski that’s sending into the new season without even pulling in for a pit stop. Its fir and aspen core delivers solid edge-to-edge connection and lightweight resilience for professional big-mountain performance, and a tapered K2 Powder Rocker maximizes float while releasing turns with ease", says Atomic.