2018 K2 Alluvit 88 Women's Skis 2018 K2 Alluvit 88 Women's Skis

2018 K2 Alluvit 88 Women’s Skis

If you ask K2, they’ll tell you the Alluvit 88 has “quick, solid performance that is easy to ski and goes anywhere you want to take your day on snow.” Alright, that sounds good to us. Easy to ski, quick maneuverability, and the versatility to ski what sounds like anything at all? We’ll take it. On paper it makes sense. The ski is 88 mm under foot, has a relatively lightweight wood core that’s strengthened by a metal laminate, and what seems like a maneuverable tip and tail rocker profile. This is the recipe for a great ski that’s just as K2 describes, but what did our testers think of it?

Maggie MacDonald referred to it as a “good mid-level all mountain ski.” She gave the Alluvit 88 relatively high scores across the board, although did comment that she thought it skied a little bit short. Maggie was skiing the 163 cm ski for reference. She thought it was “good for lots of smaller turns,” which makes a lot of sense considering the ski has a 13.5 m turn radius at the longest length, 170 cm. While Maggie found that it “didn’t hold up great at speed,” she found it to be very maneuverable.

Carly Monahan also skied the 163 cm length and scored the Alluvit 88 5 out of 5 for overall impression, although she did mention that “because the ski is so light I was reluctant to push it very fast at first.” We always love when a ski surpasses our expectations, and it seems as though the Alluvit 88 certainly did so for Carly. Once she gained the confidence to push it “it stayed with me straight-lining through crud and laying down big sweeping turns.” It’s nice to know that the ski has some stability for those times when you want to pick up the pace a little bit. We can understand why Maggie commented that it didn’t hold up great at speed; there are other skis on the market that are stiffer and more stable, but Carly found it to be plenty of ski for relatively aggressive skiing. She thought that it “also seemed happy and maneuverable at slower speeds, making quick snappy turns.”

Katrine Wolfgang had a very similar reaction to the Alluvit 88 as Carly did. She commented that it “seemed a little light at the start, but really performed.” Katrine “loved” the Alluvit 88 (wait, because it’s a K2 do we have to spell it “luved?” Not sure…) and in classic Katrine fashion she just drew a line through the 5 column for performance characteristics. Katrine went into more detail regarding the Alluvit 88 by saying that it “turns super easy, but held when it let it run fast.”

If we go back to Carly Monahan her ending comment on the Alluvit 88 was that it is “playful and surfy at slower speeds, but still can carve when conditions are right.” That’s such a great way to describe this ski. It really has a range of personalities, which makes sense considering it’s both relatively lightweight and uses metal in its construction. We, and our testers agreed, think that the Alluvit 88 would be an excellent choice for any woman looking for a ski that gives them the versatility to ski the entire mountain in a relatively approachable, easy-to-ski package. Sure, it might have a bit of a speed limit, but we think anyone that’s going to push it that hard likely has a dedicated carving ski in their quiver, or if they don’t, they probably should.

Testers

Katrine Wolfgang Ski Tester Headshot Image

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 53Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 168 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Carly Monahan Ski Tester Headshot Image

Carly Monahan

Age: 32Height: 5'4"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Athletic and active, but laid back

Laura McLaughlin Ski Tester Headshot Image

Laura McLaughlin

Age: 36Height: 5'5"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Short radius turns on the side of the trail

Maggie MacDonald Ski Tester Headshot Image

Maggie MacDonald

Age: 39Height: 5'3"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Advanced skier that loves woods and steep ungroomed terrain