The K2 Ooolaluv 85ti is an all mountain ski within the Luv series that’s inspired by carving skis and is designed to have a fair amount of power, yet is more forgiving and versatile than a true dedicated carving ski thanks to its 85 mm waist width and subtle tip and tail rocker. The 14 m turn radius suggests that it should have relatively tight, quick carving turns and the metal laminate should provide enough torsional stiffness for good edge grip under relatively aggressive skiing. What did our testers think? Let’s find out.
Kristi Brown thinks the Ooolaluv 85ti “has been to crossfit.” She continued with the metaphor, “the Ooolaluv has some new muscles she’s happy to flex! It has classic K2 energy, but adds some new strength and stability.” The “K2 energy” that Kristi is referring to comes from their Triaxal Braided fiberglass laminates that have become a staple in their skis and result in a very predictable, classic feel. After testing the 163 cm length, Kristi thinks the Ooolaluv would be best for intermediate to advanced skiers. Really aggressive experts might want more, while the ski would likely be too overpowering for a true beginner.
Carly Monahan tested the 156 cm length and definitely felt that the ski has a “carving influence.” She thought it “cut through crud.” She did say that the ski “didn’t feel as playful and fun while making quick or smeary turns, but felt nice and solid while riding an edge.” Despite its 85 mm waist width, it really is more of a carving ski than a true all mountain ski. It likes to stay on edge rather than being pivoted and smeared into speed-reducing turns. If you’re staying on trail, however, and want some extra stability compared to a more traditional, narrower carving ski, the Ooolaluv 85ti is a great choice.
Caroline Kessler agreed. She tested the 163 cm and thought the Ooolaluv 85ti “holds an edge extremely well and is a great ski for groomers and someone who wants to make smaller carving turns.” Going back to the turn radius of 14 m at the 163 cm length the Ooolaluv 85ti does have a smaller turn profile than some carving skis. It’s not really a GS turn, rather as Caroline puts it, “it’s basically an all mountain slalom ski.” If you like short radius turns, but find that slalom skis don’t have the width and stability needed under foot to ski the whole mountain, this is the solution. The Ooolaluv allows you to make the turns you want regardless of the snow conditions. It has a “small turn radius, but very stable even with fairly high speed.” It’s nice to get feedback from both Kristi and Caroline that the ski is pretty stable and pretty powerful as both of them are quite advanced, powerful skiers. If it will hold up to their skiing, chances are it will hold up to yours.
Overall our testers were impressed by the Ooolaluv 85ti. We think Caroline really hit the nail on the head by calling it an “all mountain slalom ski.” Where other skis may pivot, slash, smear, and slide turns better, the Ooolaluv delivers snappy, energetic, short radius carves in a wide variety of terrain and snow conditions. Let’s see how many turns you can make!