The K2 Luv Sick 80 Ti sits right about smack dab in the middle of K2’s Luv series of all mountain carving skis. It has a lightweight Bio Flex core designed specifically for women, which is then augmented and supported by a metal laminate that provides stability and dampening properties. It sits in the middle of the line both in a sense of waist width and aggressiveness. It’s not the widest, nor is it the narrowest. In the same sense it’s not the burliest ski in the collection, but still has solid torsional rigidity and can hold an edge through pretty aggressive skiing. Our testers found that they could potentially work for a wide range of ability levels and are appropriate for a relatively wide range of terrain and snow conditions.
Ali Berlin thought the Luv Sick 80 Ti was “versatile in varying snow,” which we certainly had over the course of our two test days. Ali tested the 156 cm and scored the Luv Sick 80 Ti 5 out of 5 for stability, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression! Those are some solid scores. She described it as “easy to turn with great edge to edge control. Holds its edge in hard pack and does not wobble in the crud.” K2 seems to have done an excellent job with the core construction of the Luv Sick 80 Ti. The lightweight, Bioflex core combined with a metal laminate makes the ski, as Ali would describe, “light, but also stable.”
While Ali thought the Luv Sick 80 Ti would be great for an expert skier, Tami Razinger felt that it’s perfectly approachable for intermediates as well. Tami tested the 163 cm length and found the ski to be very playful and forgiving, which are two great performance characteristics for developing intermediate skiers. “It handled bumps and groomers very well. It’s great for carving with a playful touch. Fun ski. I would recommend it for resort skiing for intermediate skiers.” We do think Tami is on to something. Although the Luv Sick 80 Ti is not targeted to beginner and intermediate skiers, we think it has enough forgiveness that you don’t have to be an aggressive advanced skier to enjoy it.
Katrine Wolfgang also skied the 163 cm length agreed with this idea. She commented that it felt “good at slower speeds” and makes “easy, wide turns”. Katrine referred to the Luv Sick 80 Ti as a potentially great “mom-who-doesn’t-ski-everyday ski.” Okay, so there are some fundamental problems with that statement, but we understand what she’s trying to say. No, you don’t have to be a mother of a child to have a good time on this ski. Yes, you could ski every day and have fun on the Luv Sick 80 Ti. Katrine, however, is trying to say that they would be good for skiers who are perhaps more reserved than they once were and are looking for an all mountain carving ski that won’t tire them out. That is a good way to think of the Luv Sick 80 Ti.
Susan Dorn’s reactions to the ski were somewhat similar to Tami’s and Katrine’s. She thought it felt “light and easy turning,” despite having a metal laminate in its construction. Susan commented that it was “easy to initiate turns,” but also that it “held an edge well and carved well.” Susan also tested a 163 cm Luv Sick 80 Ti.
Although our four testers had somewhat differing responses to the Luv Sick 80 Ti, they all seemed to agree that it’s a relatively easy-going ski that still has solid performance, especially when laying down carving turns on groomers. We think it’s a great ski for developing skiers, whether moving from intermediate to advanced, advanced to expert, etc. The Luv Sick 80 Ti has the perfect combination of performance and forgiveness to help promote progression.