2018 K2 iKonic 84 Ti 2018 K2 iKonic 84 Ti

2018 K2 iKonic 84 Ti Skis

The iKonic 84 Ti is a brand new ski from K2 for the 2018 season and builds off of the success of the previous Konic skis. The new Konic series has an updated shape, more metal than previous versions, and greater control thanks to a exo-skeleton style structure underneath the bindings. K2 calls them the most high octane, corduroy ripping daily driver skis they have ever made. That statement is enough to get us excited, so we made sure to put the new skis to the test. After all, we were relatively impressed by the previous Konic collection and are thrilled when a manufacturer builds off an already successful design.

Justin Perry tested the 177 cm length and thought it was “an amazing carving ski.” Justin gave the iKonic 84 Ti 5 out of 5 for torsional stiffness and edge grip and honestly we expect to see that kind of reaction to a ski that’s marketed as a high performance carver. Justin found that it “held an edge on every condition; through ice and slop.” Although it is a full on, high end carving ski, there is a little more forgiveness than a narrower carving ski or a race-inspired non-FIS ski. Justin thought it “felt like a more forgiving GS ski,” which is pretty perfect for an all mountain carving ski. You don’t want it to be so stiff and demanding that it punishes mistakes, and if you do you can just buy a GS race ski.

Michael Rooney agreed with this idea, commenting that “this ski is good for a skier who wants real performance with a little forgiveness.” Michael found that you “can actually get back on the ski and still recover,” unlike one of the skis we touched on above that would buck you onto your side. He tested the 184 cm length and thought it was “good at making sweeping carving turns.” He also found that it “turns quickly and has some snap” when you ski it hard.

Benny Wax found it to be quick turning as well, but also thought it laid down some nice GS style turns at speed. Although it does have a 84 mm waist width, Benny thought the shape of the ski was best suited for firm snow to the point where he wouldn’t really want to take it off-piste. He tested the 170 cm ski and commented that the it wants to be “kept on the hardpack and groomers” where it has its best performance.

Steve Sulin thought the iKonic 84 Ti was “the K2 ski we’ve been waiting for.” He tested the 177 cm and scored it 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and overall impression, which are the scores we’d like to see for a high performance carving ski. He referred to it as “a ripper’s dream.” Steve has a lot of experience skiing high end carving skis, so we take his reaction very seriously. If Steve thinks it rips, it rips. He also commented on how easy the turn initiation felt, saying you could just “roll it on edge and hold on,” as the ski takes you straight into a powerful carving turn.

Alright, so we think K2 was telling the truth when they said this is the most ripping daily driver carving ski they’ve ever made. Skiers who spend most of their time on groomed slopes and like laying down powerful turns will love the iKonic 84 Ti. While its waist width suggests it can be skied in other terrain, which it can, it definitely shines on the groomers and is a bit more a handful off-piste. The 84 mm waist width does, however, give it that extra amount of stability for charging on different snow conditions. You won’t get bogged down on a relatively soft groomer, you can just keep on ripping.

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 Sulin Ski Tester Profile Photo

Steve Sulin

Age: 42Height: 5'10"Weight: 235 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth, precise GS turns

Michael Rooney Ski Tester Headshot Image

Michael Rooney

Age: 70Height: 6'"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise; racing background

Justin Perry Ski Tester Headshot Image

Justin Perry

Age: 27Height: 5'9"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive All Mountain Freeride

22 Comments on the “2018 K2 iKonic 84 Ti Skis”

  1. Need to round up my quiver of two. I already own a QST 99 and wish for a frontside carver for the days of old hard packed snow and ice. Actually I ve not managed to get any serious reviews on fischer mtn pro 86 (cause you don’t offer any…). I also liked my friends atomics vantage X 80 or 83 I don’t recall. So, choose any one of those or they ride similar to K2 ikonic and should focus on price only? I am quite aggressive nowdays and at 5’8” I weigh 155. thanx

    1. Hi Simon!
      Just make sure you stick with a ski with metal, and I’d say the 84 should be the widest width on your search. If you’re looking to stay exclusively on-trail, I’d go with something like the Vantage X 80, or something in that width. If you can find something in the middle of those models at a price, go for it!
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      1. Another common question. I m sure you got to have answered it somewhere in your site. Would you recommend size 168@84 waist or 173@80 or these are all pseudo dilemmas and it’s the construction of the ski that matters?

      2. Hi Simon!
        The construction of the ski certainly matters, and the 80 comes in a Ti and a non-Ti version, so make sure you’re looking at the right model as well. By sizing up in the narrower ski, you are equalizing surface area, but you’re also potentially changing your turn radius, so that makes a difference too. I wouldn’t call them pseudo dilemmas, but rather legitimate questions you have to ask yourself about how you want the ski to turn. All that said, I’d recommend the 84 for a bit more versatility. Have fun!
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  2. While I’m not an expert skier, I like a good challenge. I’ve come back to skiing this year after a few decades away but think I’m picking it up well, skiing blacks with confidence and speed and doubles more cautiously. Anyway, I’m looking to replace the used skis I purchased for this season (Head Rev 78s) and am strongly considering the ikonic 84 ti. I’m 46, 5’9 180lbs. I consider myself fit and strong. I’m wondering if this would be an appropriate choice for an ambitious intermediate looking to improve. Could the fact that the skis may be a bit above my current ability level actually help me improve faster?

    1. Hi Greg!
      I’d call the iKonic 84Ti an “accessible” expert ski insofar as an intermediate can still ski it, but yes, I’d beware of over-purchasing skis–if they’re too stiff and demanding, it can hinder improvement. Sounds like you’ll be able to handle this ski, though, especially if you’re up for a challenge! Have fun!
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  3. Hi,
    I ski mostly in NH, own 2015 K2 Rictor 82 XTI and love everything they deliver: amazing stability at different snow conditions, easy enter/come out turns, no vibration on higher speed.
    Unfortunately, this past weekend I broke it and have to find a replacement. It seems like IKONIC 84 TI is very close in terms tip-underfoot-tail widths and profile with front rocker.
    Is it the best match for Rictor or other (not necessarily K2 skis) might be a better choice for me?

    1. Hi Jeff!
      If you liked that Rictor 82, there’s no reason you won’t like the Konic 84. You could also check out the Volkl RTM 84 or the Blizzard Quattro 8.4Ti for comparisons in the wider carving ski category. Have fun!
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  4. I am an advanced to expert skier and like to ski all mountain and infrequently ski GS racing. I’ve been looking at the iKonic 84Ti 184 to fill all these elements. I am 6 ft 225 lbs and like fast groomers, gates and an occasional powder day. Am I on the right track?

    1. Hi Rick!
      I think you’ll be impressed with the versatility and carving performance of the iKonic 84. With a racing background and an occasional powder day, you’ll be pretty stoked with these. I agree with the 184 length.
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  5. I am an advanced/expert skier and former ski instructor. In my search for the best carving ski for me I have identified two skis:
    Rossignol hero elite plus TI
    Atomic redstar x9 RS
    The longest ski made for each of these skis is 181. I am 6’ 3” and 245 lbs.
    I believe it could be a mistake to purchase a ski that short. As such I am considering the K2 ikonic 84 TI at 184 cm.
    Am I on the right track here?

    1. Hi Peter!
      I am 6/2 220 and I have found that to be an issue as well. Not many carving skis come longer than 185. That being said, the 181 cm versions of those skis really rip! Is it worth getting “less” of a ski for the extra 3cm? That I’m not so sure of. The skis that you’re interested in are much more precise than the K2, (although I really like that iKonic 84!) so I think you’ll make up for it in the end. Dilemmas!
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      1. SE:

        Not sure if you are saying go with a 181 cm carving ski or the K2.
        I have found that the Rossignol hero elite MT (multi-turn) TI has a max length of 183 cm. Perhaps that is the answer?

      2. Hi Peter,

        Really what we’re saying is that 3 cm doesn’t make much of a difference at all. The carving skis you are considering are more precise than the iKonic 84, and we think you’d prefer their performance in the 181 cm over a 184 cm iKonic. In other words, don’t move to a fairly significantly different ski just for an extra 3 cm in length.

        That said, that Hero Elite MT is an absolute blast! I spent a few days on them last spring and absolutely loved it.

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  6. Looking for advice. I am an intermediate 55 year old that has not skied for 10 years but looking to get back into it with retirement. i was an aggressive skier enjoying tight playful turns. I am looking for a front side groomer ski only that is quick, fun and playful and have narrowed it down to:
    Rossignol Experience 84 AI
    Volkl RTM 81
    K2 Ikonic 84
    I will not be an everyday skier. Probably ski only 10 times a year

    1. Hi Bruce!

      If I were you I would go with the Experience 84 AI. That’s definitely the most forgiving and most playful ski out of the skis you’re considering. The iKonic and RTM are both a little bit stiffer and a little more demanding. I expect you’ll get the frontside performance you need out of the Experience 84 AI, and it’s a bonus that it’s a little bit more versatile and forgiving in softer snow conditions or varied terrain.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      SE

  7. Looking at getting my first set of skis looking for something forgiving and easy to turn spend most of the time on groomers. I am an intermediate or a little above skier that skies at a moderate speed 6’2” tall 235 lbs athletic build. Looking at the ikonic 84ti or elan amphibio 84 ti what ski do you think would suit me best or something I didn’t list. Thanks

    1. Hi Dale!
      Both of those skis are great options. Most ski companies are like car manufacturers. These skis you listed are like the mid-size sedans like a Camry or an Accord. Pretty much any system ski that’s 84-85 mm underfoot and with a Ti in the name will ski pretty similarly. I think you’re in the right ballpark with these choices, and I’d add the Volkl RTM 84 and the Nordica Navigator 85 to the mix. Based on your size, you’d be comfortable with the longest sizes (usually a 180-182 for these types of models) in any of these system skis. Definitely check out the Navigator 85–it’s a bit more maneuverable than the other skis on our list, and may be more enjoyable for a skier like you. Good luck!
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  8. Hello,
    Any idea how much of a difference in performance between the new 84 TI and the previous 85 TI models? I have a chance to pick up a pair of the 2015 Ikonic 85 TI in great condition, at a good price.

    You say “The new Konic series has an updated shape, more metal than previous versions, and greater control thanks to a exo-skeleton style structure underneath the bindings.” So, perhaps the skis handle quite differently. Any experience with the 85 TI?

    1. Hi Kai!

      I think the 84 has more of a precise feel. You could also argue that it focuses more on firm snow performance than the previous 85. There’s more early taper in the previous version, so handles soft snow a little bit easier. The 85 is a great ski and definitely rips, but they are a little bit different.

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  9. I have been skiing on K2 Apache Recon 177cm for 9 years. I mainly ski in PA. I am considering replacing and was looking at the K2 iKonic 84 Ti, but have also heard good things about the K2 Pinnacle 95. What would you recommend between these 2 choices? Thank You

    1. Hi Davide!

      They’re both great skis, although the iKonic 84 Ti focuses a little more on firm snow, frontside performance, while the Pinnacle 95 focuses a little more on soft snow use. I would say the Pinnacle 95 is more versatile, but doesn’t have the same high performance, ultra-responsive feel on firm snow. So, depends on you as a skier. Are you more the frontside carving type? Or are you more of a do-everything, seek-out-soft-snow type?

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