2018 K2 iKonic 80 Ti 2018 K2 iKonic 80 Ti

2018 K2 iKonic 80 Ti Skis

K2’s Konic series of skis are designed to be versatile all mountain carving skis. The iKonic 80 Ti is one of two skis at the top of the line that uses metal laminates in its construction. K2’s Konic construction uses lighter weight materials at the center of the ski with denser, stiffer wood at the edges along with metal laminates. This reduces the overall weight of the ski with the denser wood and metal laminates providing the stiffness, dampening properties, and power that we look for out of skis that use metal. Because they are not as heavy as they would be if they used full sheets of metal and have an 80 mm waist width the iKonic 80 Ti should be relatively versatile in terms of achieving performance outside of carving on firm snow. Do they? And what about carving performance? Let’s find out.

Mike Aidala tested the 170 cm length and called the iKonic 80 Ti a “great on-trail carving ski with versatility and solid playfulness for its 80 mm width.” Mike found them to have “surprisingly playful performance for an on-piste ski with metal.” He found that he could ski more variable snow conditions than just firm groomers without the ski getting too bogged down or feeling overwhelming. Mike also thought they had great stability for high speed skiing over choppy snow conditions. While he was impressed by their performance off perfect groomed slopes, he did end his test form by saying it would be a “great option for advanced to expert skiers who spend the majority of their time on trail.”

Benny Wax had a similar reaction to Mike. He also tested the 170 cm ski and was impressed by how playful the iKonic 80 Ti is given its strong carving performance. He even went as far as giving them 5 out of 5 for playfulness, something that we didn’t see very often when referring to more carving-oriented skis. Benny thought it was a “fun all around frontside ski.” He didn’t think they were too focused on carving performance, rather had a nice mix of performance characteristics for general “frontside” skiing. Obviously this usually means groomers, but they handle moguls, some light tree skiing, and other moderate off-piste terrain without much complaint.

Steve Brown thought it would make a “great east coast carving ski for the advanced skier,” although he did mention that he thought intermediates could handle it as well. Steve tested the 177 cm and gave the ski 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness, playfulness, and forgiveness. Those are four awesome attributes for a single ski to have. Being both playful and stable is a challenging accomplishment for ski manufacturers and it would seem K2 did an admirable job with the iKonic 80 Ti. Steve described the ski in more detail, “the tip shape allows for easy turn initiation, while the sidecut allows for an array of different radius carves. It had great stability at high speeds and arced beautiful turns on groomers.”

We think K2 has done a commendable job with the new iKonic 80 Ti, in addition to the entire line of skis. They have the power and energy we want out of a carving ski, but retain solid versatility and are impressively playful for a ski of this width with metal laminates. If you like carving turns on groomers, but don’t want to feel like you’re stuck there, this could be a fantastic ski choice!

Testers

Benny Wax Ski Tester Headshot Image

Benny Wax

Age: 67Height: 5'6"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and creamy, lots of turns

Steve Brown Ski Tester Profile Photo

Steve Brown

Age: 26Height: 6'6"Weight: 235 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast, smooth, and swingy down the fall line

Mike Aidala Ski Tester Headshot Image

Mike Aidala

Age: 40Height: 5'9"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: As fast as the terrain allows

10 Comments on the “2018 K2 iKonic 80 Ti Skis”

    1. Hi Filipe!
      A bit springier and more energy coming from the Deacon 80. The K2 is a bit damper so is better at speed. I really had a good time on the 80, but also loved the iKonic 84 a whole lot too. Have fun!
      SE

  1. Hi,

    I’ve recently purchased a K2 Ikonic 80 from a recent ski sale show. I purchased a 177 length and I’m a beginner to intermediate skier on my second season.

    Is the K2 that I purchased too much of a ski for me?

    PV

  2. I’ve been skiing Rossignol B2 Bandits (170s) for several years and love them. Looking for a newer pair and am looking at several options. The K2 Ikonics, Atomic Vantage X80’s, Salomon XDR 80/84’s, Salomon S/Max 10s, and Volkl RTMs. I’m 5’7″, 160 lbs and consider myself an advanced skier. I’m looking for a good carving ski that can handle short quick turns, wide sweeping turns and everything in between. I mostly stick to the groomed slopes but still need something that can handle the carved up afternoon crud, light powder etc. Want it to be manageable when I do decide to hit moguls or the occasional tree run. At 60, I’m more conservative these days but still want skis that are stable at speeds up to 60 mph. Recommendations on ski and length?

    Thanks
    Steve

    1. Hi Steve!
      Personally, I’m a huge fan of the XDR 84. It has a natural and fun feeling to it and is highly versatile. You’ll get better edge control from the 80, but the 84 is more of an all-mountain tool. The S/Max is more of an on-trail only ski, similar to the RTM, K2, and Vantage. I’d stick to the ~170+ cm range in either the XDR 80 or 84. Hope that helps!
      SE

  3. I currently ski on k2 apache recons 163 length. I am looking to replace them and I have been looking at the 80ti, I am 63 5ft 8in and like skiing mostly on piste, but will do bumps and trees and powder it’s been suggested to me that because of the rocker on the 80ti that I should go to a 170 length, what’s your opinion?

    1. Hi Keith!
      I’d say the 170 is the right length, but not totally because of the rocker. It’s pretty minimal and doesn’t really affect the sizing of the ski. When you get into wider powder skis, the rocker affects how long the ski feels more than a narrower piste-oriented ski. Hope that helps!
      SE

  4. Hi, I have been reading reviews on your web site in anticipation of purchasing my first pair of skis..

    I have a couple of questions, here goes:

    1) In a couple of the reviews I have seen you make reference to the fact that they are “skis with metal”, for example … “Mike found them to have “surprisingly playful performance for an on-piste ski with metal.” What is the significance of “with metal”?

    2) I am what I would describe as a middle age trier. I have skied for a good while, but never cracked arcing a good sequence of carved turns together carrying the speed and spring out of one into the next – this is my aim for 2018. I have no desire to tear down mountains, its about calm and control for me – with 90+% of my skiing on piste. What would you advise as ski to finally crack carving, whilst allowing me to try and keep up with teenage kids and venture off piste to experiment once in a while too?

    Height 6’1″, Weight 170lbs. I happily ski blue / red runs in Europe, the odd black run on days when the kids need monitoring. My pet hate has become hire skis with very light tips that leave me with no confidence when they chatter as things speed up.

    Cheers, George

    1. Hi George!

      1. Metal is used in ski construction in order to give a ski more stability, vibration damping, and power. Metal, however, also makes a ski heavier, generally stiffer, and requires more skier input. A lot of skis with metal don’t really come alive until you get going pretty fast and the heavier swing weight is usually noticeable. In this example Mike was referring to the ski feeling relatively light, quick, energetic, and “playful” despite having metal in its construction.

      2. I would look for a ski with a relatively easy flex pattern and some tip rocker. That’s going to make turn initiation easier, which will help you progress into linking carving turns without feeling like you’re fighting the ski the whole time. You’re not necessarily going to need metal, at least not a full sheet of metal. The K2 iKonic 80 Ti could work, but it might be a little too much ski until you really get the hang of linking turns. In K2’s line I actually think the Pinnacle 88 would be a more appropriate choice; not so wide that it slows down edge to edge movements and a little easier to ski. The Nordica Navigator series, Volkl Kanjo, and Blizzard Brahma Ca all come to mind as potentially good skis for you off the top of my mind too. There’s certainly more that could work, those are just some examples of the direction I think you should go in.

      Hope that helps,

      SE

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