2018 K2 Pinnacle 105 2018 K2 Pinnacle 105

2018 K2 Pinnacle 105 Skis

The Pinnacle 105 is the second widest ski in K2’s Pinnacle line and is a versatile all mountain ski that can carve turns and float through powder. While this isn’t the first season for the Pinnacle 105, K2 has given it some updates and tweaks moving into 2018. It has a new rocker profile and a denser, burlier Konic core. K2’s Konic construction places denser wood and metal along the edges of the ski with a lighter, Nanolite core in the center. The idea in updating the ski was to retain the maneuverability and forgiveness the ski was known for and give it a little extra power in response to feedback from aggressive skiers.

We had six total testers take out the Pinnacle 105 in the 184 cm length and it consistently received high marks across the board. Mike Anglin, for example, scored it 5 out of 5 for stability, playfulness, torsional stiffness, and overall impression. That says a lot about the ski right there. To be playful and stable at the same time is quite an accomplishment. He added, “Does everything awesome and eats up anything you throw at it.” Joe Cutts also gave the Pinnacle 105 top scores, including 5 out of 5 for overall impression. Joe had a lot of experience skiing the previous version of the Pinnacle 105 and thinks K2 did an excellent job with the new ski, “K2 gave the Pinnacle exactly what it needed: a little more oomph.” “It now has the density and dampness that was missing for high end ripping.” He went on to touch on the skis versatility, “Excellent versatility for all terrain and all but the firmest conditions.” We think this is a great quote to describe the Pinnacle 105. It can do just about everything, although loses a little bit of its carving performance on boilerplate snow.

Mike Thomas and Bob St. Pierre, both big guys, both aggressive skiers, had important feedback for the Pinnacle 105 as well. After all, in theory Mike and Bob are the type of skiers that K2 redesigned the ski for. Bob noted that it was one of the most versatile skis of the entire test, “Not quite a one ski quiver, but pretty close for a 105 (mm ski).” Bob’s highest score for the Pinnacle 105 was playfulness, a nod to the fact that although K2 made the ski stronger, they certainly retained its maneuverable nature. Mike Thomas had some interesting things to say about how the Pinnacle 105 likes to be skied and who might enjoy it most, “Fun ski, liked to be skied from the shovel… Probably best for an “old school” skier who likes to work from tip to tail.” We think that makes a lot of sense. While K2 has other skis that are more balanced throughout the entire length (like the Marksman, for example), the Pinnacle 105 is definitely a directional ski.

Marcus Shakun echoed Mike’s thoughts on driving the tip of the ski, “Does everything, especially when you start engaging the shovel.” He also adds that they’re “super snappy and playful” and that they “give back what you put in”, a thought that was shared by the majority of testers who got on the Pinnacle 105. The more you put in, the more you get out.

So who’s the Pinnacle 105 best for? Combine all the thoughts of our testers and we start to come to a conclusion: if you like to drive your tips when you ski and want something that’s arguably as versatile as any other ski on the market, the 2018 K2 Pinnacle 105 could be an excellent choice. Mike Anglin has some nice closing thoughts on the Pinnacle 105:

“Advanced intermediates to experts would love it. Potential quiver killer.”

Testers

Joe Cutts Ski Tester Headshot Image

Joe Cutts

Age: 54Height: 6'3"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Heavy-footed, a little reckless, bumps, trees, beer league

Mike Anglin Ski Tester Headshot Image

Mike Anglin

Age: 39Height: 6'"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: All mountain freeride with a racing background

Kris DeMello Ski Tester Headshot Image

Kris DeMello

Age: 28Height: 6'2"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive, fast, fearless

Bob St. Pierre Ski Tester Headshot Image

Bob St. Pierre

Age: 39Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Adaptable, versatile, ex-competitive mogul skier.

Mike Thomas Ski Tester Headshot Image

Mike Thomas

Age: 48Height: 6'3"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Upright, fluid nimble, powerful

Marcus Shakun Ski Tester Headshot Image

Marcus Shakun

Age: 37Height: 6'5"Weight: 210 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

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    1. Hi Gianluca!

      I responded to your other question on the Pinnacle 95 page. It sounds like you really prefer short, quick turns. Because of that I do think the 184 cm might be the right length for you. As I said in my other response, if you want short and quick, get short and quick. You don’t have to get a longer length just because it seems like you should on paper. Get what you like!

      SE

  1. what is with the huge fatty testers. a couple normal sized skiers could provide useful feedback.

    1. Ouch! They’re all pretty gosh darn tall too, ya know. Marcus is 6’5″! We had some smaller testers too, for some reason we just had a lot of big guys on the Pinnacle 105.

      I’m 5’10” and 150 lbs and I’ve skied just about every single ski we tested. What would you like to know?

      SE (Jeff)

      1. I’m 6’5′ 260 and I appreciate the reviews from guys my size. Testing the K2’s 95 and 105s this week, hopefully the 181 and 191’s Better half is also half my size and a much better skiier, so keeping up with her is important. My mass makes it a lot harder to control my speed on steep trails and in the bumps. So turn radius may be more important to me. The K2’s we have now her r in 3.5 meters smaller than mine… But in the past I overpower shorter skis, end up spinning in circles…So I’m at a loss to know how to solve my challenges. Ask good questions and be ready with lots of feedback when I go test I guess.
        Ill let you know.
        Any other feedback would be greatly appreciated. Especially if you think there may be something else I should test.

      2. Hi CJ!

        I’m expecting you’ll find the 191 cm Pinnacle to be the better length for you. At your size I would expect you’ll appreciate having that extra length and the stability and edge grip that comes along with it. I’m not surprised you feel like you’re overpowering shorter skis at all, and I would expect that would happen on the 181 cm. I think you need a nice long length, but in a ski with a relatively short turn radius. Not too short, but on the shorter side. Have you tried a Nordica Enforcer 100? I could see you enjoying the longest length, the 193 cm. It might seem really long, but they’re relatively forgiving and I think you’d appreciate the stability of that ski, while still finding it pretty easy to maneuver. The new Head Kore 105 would be another to take a look at. It’s lighter than the Enforcer 100, but has impressive stability despite the weight and it quite maneuverable. I think if you get a chance to try all three of those skis you’d be in a position to confidently make a decision about which ski to buy.

        Hope that helps!

        SE

  2. How big a difference between the 95 and the 105 for “east coast” natural snow conditions (Mad River). Can the 105 be maneuvered in the bumps and tight trees? Did the 95 get the same update as the 105 this year?

    1. Hi Paul!

      There’s not a huge difference. Really the only difference is edge to edge quickness, where obviously the 95 is a little quicker and doesn’t require as high of an edge angle for carving turns. The 105 feels just as maneuverable in bumps and tight trees in my opinion. A little bit more ski, so a little bit more swing weight, but it’s not really noticeable. Yup, both the 95 and the 105 got the 2018 update to construction.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

  3. Hello SE.

    I’m an advanced intermediate skier looking to progress – 6’1″ 225lbs-” – tahoe is my home base. I’m mostly in bounds but want to get better at bumps and off piste terrain. I demo’d the 17-18 bonafide and came away feeling like it was too much ski for me. Looking at the pinnacle 105, volkl 90eight, and the blizzard rustler 10. So many choices out there and feeling a little confused, especially after the bonafide demo. I feel something more forgiving, that I don’t have to be “on” all the time but will still allow me to progress is what I need right now. Am I on the right track with the skis above or, do you have any other recommendations? Thanks SE! Love the reviews and information you provide.

    1. Hi CT!

      Yeah, I think you’re on the right track here. The Bonafide is a pretty demanding ski, especially in moguls and other off-piste terrain. The tail is pretty stiff, which makes it pretty unforgiving. I think the Pinnacle 105 and Rustler 10 would both be great choices for what you ski and your ability level. The 90Eight is a cool ski, and although it’s definitely lighter than the Bonafide, it does have a pretty stiff flex that doesn’t really feel forgiving. It’s ultra-responsive, but not exceptionally playful. I think both the Rustler 10 and Pinnacle 105 would be a blast in Tahoe terrain. They both have some metal in their construction, but not two full sheets like the Bonafide, so they have some stability and vibration damping, but aren’t as heavy or stiff. Both skis should allow you to progress without feeling like they’re requiring you to ski your hardest all the time. Rustler 10 feels a touch quicker and more playful, Pinnacle 105 is a little bit smoother and quieter, but overall they’re pretty similar and will essentially accomplish the same thing.

      SE

      1. Hey SE! I am going to throw one more ski in the mix, as I am in a similar boat as CT. How would you compare the Rustler 10, Pinnacle 105 and the Rossi Soul 7 or Sky 7? I have been on a board for nearly 23 years and this season have made a switch back to skis. I have been on Salomon QST99 and the Rossignol Soul 7s and preferred the Rossignols. My next demos I am looking for are the Rustlers or the Pinnacle 105s. Talking with a local shop guy we were talking about skis that have a little more snap, so I guess less stiffness more similar to a snowboard. I won’t pretend I know a lot about skis, however I have done a lot of homework trying to find something that is fun at my ability now, but something I can also use in the future as I progress. I am probably at a intermediate level, but not carving turns, more smearing them. A lesson is in the future, but just wanted to get a better prospective on the skis I mentioned.

        Let me know. Oh, and I am in CO if that helps you provide any insight.

      2. Hi Andy!

        The Soul 7 and Sky 7 both focus on maneuverability in soft snow a little bit more than the Rustler 10 and Pinnacle 105, although that’s not to say those skis aren’t maneuverable, just not quite as easy to throw around as the Soul and Sky. On the other hand, both the Rustler 10 and Pinnacle 105 have better overall stability, feel more comfortable at speed, etc. They are more similar to the QST line (although really the QST 106) than they are to the Soul or Sky as the QST, Rustler, and Pinnacle all use partial metal laminates. They all use metal slightly differently, but they all at least have it. They are both, however, pretty user-friendly considering their performance, and I think both could potentially work for you as skis that aren’t overwhelming now, but that you can grow into so to speak. Rustler 10 is probably a little bit easier to ski than the Pinnacle 105, although it’s a pretty close comparison.

        Hope that helps!

        SE

  4. It sounds like the main changes for 2018 is that they beefed up the ski, which bigger skiers seem to like. What about a skier who is 5′ 7″ and 160 lbs? Would I be just as happy on the 2017 model?

    1. Depends on how aggressive you are. An aggressive lightweight skier can put as much force into their skis as a less-aggressive, but heavier skier. I am 150 lbs personally and do feel a difference between the two. The 2017 models is still a great ski, it’s just not quite as powerful as the 18, but if you don’t consider yourself an aggressive skier you might actually prefer the 2017!

      SE

  5. So many choices….I’m 6’3” and 200lbs, I wouldn’t call myself and expert but I would say strong advanced skier, like to ski on and off piste in Europe and West Coast Canada, touring too. Been skiing for 35 years, the last 8 years on a pair of Rossi B4’s – still love them to be honest but it’s time for a new pair of planks. Ideally looking for that single ski – thinking the K2 Pinnacle 105, Fischer Ranger 108 and Head Kore all look pretty good but open to recommendations. Not skied with a rocker before. Would say I ski to the conditions – sometimes long sometimes short, sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Need to do some testing but some thoughts as to where to start and ski length would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Michael!

      You’ve picked some good skis to start with. I think if you can get on 2 out of the 3 skis you listed it will give you a good sense of what direction you want to go in. Maybe throw in a ski like the Enforcer 100 too: a little heavier and a little narrower, but would give you a nice ski to compare other against. I’m guessing you’re going to end up right in the mid-180 cm range. Anything much longer starts to become a bit of a handful when you’re not skiing fast. Like I said, I think you picked 3 great skis to start with; sounds like you’re on the right track.

      SE

  6. I am 6’0 185lbs and I just moved to colorado (from the east) and i ski the K2 AMP RICTOR 90 XTI at 184 length. I have been told it is a stiff ski and i should have a more playful and wider ski for colorado. I don’t know if i am expert or just advanced, but i will ski any terrain anyone throws at me. I am looking for a ski to make it easier to ski in the bumps and trees and powder but still be stable for high speed groomers and GS type turns. I am looking at the K2 Pinnacle 105, K2 Pinnacle 95 and the atomic vantage 100 cti. Have i narrowed my selection to the correct ski choices and if so, which ski and which length should i be looking at.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Matt!

      Are you planning on keeping your Rictor 90s? Or are you thinking of completely replacing them? If you’re going to keep them I would get something pretty wide, like the Pinnacle 105. That’s going to give you great float on powder days and good stability through choppy snow. If there doesn’t happen to be soft snow you can always take your Rictors out. If you’re planning on retiring the Rictors it’s a bit more of a toss up, you could go a little narrower, like the Pinnacle 95, and get a nice mix of performance for a variety of terrain. If it were me, however, I would keep the Rictors and get something like the Pinnacle 105, Head Kore 105, Blizzard Rustler 10, etc. A nice freeride-style ski around 105 mm under foot. I would also shoot for the mid 180 cm range. I think that’s still best, even though it’s similar length to your Rictors.

      SE

      1. I will keep my doctors but didn’t know how often I will use them. What are your thoughts on the atomic 100cti vantage

      2. To me the Vantage 100 CTI is more of a wide carving ski than a true all mountain freeride ski, just because of its shape. Lower rise rocker than the other three skis I mentioned. It has a great connection to the snow and feels quite powerful, but I don’t necessarily think it would be as easy for you in bumps, trees, and powder as those other three skis, or others with similar camber/rocker profiles. Does that make sense?

        SE

  7. Hi – this is a bit of an odd question, but I bought a pair of 105’s in 177cm last season. I’m 50 years old, 5’6″ — when I first got the skis, I weighed 165 lb, but since then have lost a lot of weight (medical issue) and am now 130 lb. The skis felt a little unwieldy for me this season — do you think it might help if I moved the binding position forward a bit? I’ve never really messed around with binding position, but on these skis, I always felt that the recommended mounting position was a little too far back to begin with. Or is it just time for me to sell these and move to something more like 170cm? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hey Edward!

      Yeah, I think it would be worth trying a different mount point before you downsize. Might as well, really, since it would be cheaper to remount those skis than to get a shorter pair. Losing 35 lbs will definitely have an effect on how the ski is performing. It might feel like you’re not getting enough weight or pressure to the tips of the skis? If that’s the case moving the mount point forward a cm or two will help you regain control of the tip. It does lengthen the tail of the ski, which sometimes can make it tougher to pivot or skid the ski around, but moving a couple cm won’t have a drastic effect on that.

      SE

  8. 5’9″, 170 lbs, 55 years old.

    I have the 2016 Pinnacle 95 in 170cm. Great re-entry ski but it feels short and I have to ski it in a more neutral stance. Can’t drive the shovels. I have to hold back at higher speeds and don’t get much edge grip in harder snow. I had plenty of fun in the trees and deeper snow at Northstar this year. I like the light skis for reduced fatigue. 95 or 105? 2017 or 2018? Any performance changes to these skis in 2019? Or should I consider Volkl 90eight or others?

    1. The Pinnacle definitely was taken to a new level for 2018, so I would focus on that year or 2019. No changes for 2019 in the Pinnacle 95 or 105. The new version definitely is more powerful and holds an edge better on firm snow. You might find going with a longer length also helps you feel more comfortable at higher speeds. New construction, longer length, I would think you’d be good. How often are you in deep snow? In my opinion it should be relatively frequently if you’re thinking of going with the 105. Definitely slower edge to edge on groomers, so you have to kind of ask yourself which performance you value more. Lose some edge to edge quickness for more float? Or is on-piste performance too important to be willing to lose that quickness?

      The 90Eight is a cool ski, but probably doesn’t have the stability you’re looking for. The new M5 Mantra would likely work better for you than the 90Eight.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

    1. Hi Chad!

      The Kore 105 feels quite a bit lighter and quicker than the Pinnacle 105. The shapes are fairly similar, although the rocker and early taper on the Kore is more pronounced than on the Pinnacle 105. The metal in the Pinnacle gives it a smoother overall feel, and it dampens vibrations better than the Kore. If you want a super quick freeride ski the Kore might be the way to go, while the Pinnacle works in some increased stability, vibration damping, and is a little more powerful.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      SE

  9. Hi, I’m 6′, 180 lbs, advanced but not expert (mostly do blacks, blues and some double blacks when the snow’s good). I like to do a mix of groomers and powder, a mix of on and off-piste. I ski in the Canadian and Northern US Rockies mostly. I want to get the Pinnacle 95’s or 105’s, though leaning more towards the 105’s as I want to move more toward off-piste. Would you recommend more the 177’s or the 184’s for the 105’s? Or do you think the 95’s would be better, and if so, what length? Thanks!

    1. Hi Malcolm!

      Based off where you ski I think you can definitely justify the extra width of the Pinnacle 105, especially because you’re looking to do more off-piste skiing. The Pinnacle 105 will still be able to carve turns and won’t feel too wide or clunky on groomers if there doesn’t happen to be any soft snow. For length, at your size and ability level and considering the Pinnacle (both 95 and 105) uses relatively long tip rocker, you should be able to handle the 184 cm without any trouble. That will give you slightly better float in powder as well, less chance that your tips will dive, and it will be a little more stable at speed too.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

  10. Hey!

    Looking at picking up a set of new skis on Black Friday specials. Right now the two recommendations I’ve had are the pinnacle 105 in 170 length and the atomic vantage 90 cti in 169.

    Currently i ski a set of monster im77’s in 163 (2006) and they’ve been ok but feel kind of sluggish and heavy.

    I’m 42, 5’6 195lbs and ski lake Louise and Kimberley BC primarily but have a few trips to Revelstoke or kicking horse every year as well. I don’t know if I’d call myself an expert but I’m happiest on steep bowls and moguls and venture into openish trees and the double blacks when the conditions are good.

    I also ski a bunch with more advanced-intermediate skiers who stick to groomed and lightly moguled blacks.

    1. Chris,
      Those are two pretty different skis. The 105 is a wide, rockered soft-snow ski that prefers powder and crud and the Vantage 90 CTI is a front-side oriented ski that prefers high speed on groomers. I’d recommend splitting the difference and getting something like the K2 Pinnacle 95. This is a more 50/50 type of ski that can handle powder, moguls, groomers, and everything in between. Hope that helps!
      SE

      1. Thanks. I found the Pinnacle 95’s at a local shop and am getting mixed feedback on lengths. they’ve got a 2017 177 on sale and for $150 more they have a 2018 in both the 177 and 184. I’d appreciate any thoughts!

      2. Hi again Chris,

        At your height and weight the 177 cm, in my opinion, is the more appropriate length. I don’t see any reason to size up to the 184 cm.

        Hope that helps!

        SE

  11. Hello SE!
    First of all I want to say how much I appreciate your thoughtful and thorough reviews and answer to questions. Searching for ski reviews online, the Internet seems to be littered relatively uninformative one-paragraph assessments where 3/4 of the paragraph are various single-line pithy quotes. Kudos to skiessentials!
    I am 5’7″, 155 pounds. In my 60’s, fit and active. Blue runs bore me, I am happy on single black diamonds, but most double-black diamond runs and extreme steepness still intimidate me. My resort ski for the last 4 years has been Kastle FX94 166cm and I love them. On groomed terrain, I would rate my ski level at 7.5/10. In most group ski situations I am usually one of the stronger skiers. I am more of a finesse / technique skier, I have been told by instructors that I have very good technique. I like to ski in control and I am not comfortable letting my skis run to high speed.
    I ski mostly in the western Canadian rockies. I tried “cat skiing” a couple for times last year, and it was a disaster. Not due to the skis (rentals in the mid-100 waist category) – I just didn’t “get it”, I was very stiff and tentative, and I felt like a rank beginner again. My on-piste skills did not transfer well. This year my goal is to improve my deep snow technique, and for this purpose I am looking to purchase suitable skis.
    Based on cost and availability constrains, I have narrowed my choice down to K2 Pinnacle 105 170cm or Salomon QST 106 167cm. I am not at a location where I can demo these skis.
    I would appreciate your opinion about my “short list” for a ski that will be my single “out west” ski? The ski would be used mostly for resort skiing where my goal would be to ski in-groomed terrain as much as possible, along with occasional (maybe 25%) back country cat-skiing outings (trees, glades, open).
    I would also appreciate your comments comparing Pinnacle 105 vs QST 106. You touched on this in one of your other answers – wonder if you could elaborate a bit more? What am I getting and what am I foregoing by choosing one or the other? If I were to cover the top sheets and ski both these skis, what differences would I notice (if any)?.
    Any other advice or comments you can offer would also be appreciated!

    1. Hi DAR!

      Thanks for the in-depth description of your skiing! Helps a lot. I can understand where you’re coming from. Powder skiing is like a whole different sport sometimes. You use your skis in a slightly different way and you need to ski more direct lines down the fall line, instead of crossing back and forth against the fall line. At least, that’s how I think of it, your instructors may have a better way of describing it.

      Anyways, back to the skis. You’ve picked two great choices. Honestly, if you asked me to recommend two powder skis for you out of everything on the market, there’s a good chance I would’ve picked those two skis. In my opinion the Pinnacle series (in general) is a little smoother compared to the QST series. Also a little bit more forgiving. The QST uses quite a bit of carbon, which makes it very responsive and reactive. That’s not always the best thing, especially for someone like yourself who is working on their technique in soft snow. Essentially, if you make a mistake, the QST is going to react to it quicker and more significantly than the Pinnacle. So, because of that, I’m leaning towards the Pinnacle. It also uses a very pronounced, almost hinge-like rocker profile in the tip, which should help you even more in soft snow.

      Let me know what you think, hope that helps!

      SE

  12. Hey SE! I am 6’3″ 170 and advanced/expert migrating from heavy, but fun, Dynastar Contact 4×4’s to an AT setup and looking for a front/side/backside 105 setup (one ski quiver). I ski out west up and down the rockies and am mostly powder hunting, but love a solid packed pow groomer day with the fam, too! My three top picks are K2 Pinnacle 105, Liberty Origin 106 and Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite. I’m looking for a light ski to skin, playful yet not too stiff…I am lightweight, afterall. Ha. I have no problem initiating the shovel to carve and can hammer, however. Looking forward to some thoughts—thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Jason!

      All three of those skis could work well for you, although to me the Pinnacle 105 feels like the best one-ski-quiver out of the bunch. The metal along the edges of that ski really helps transfer power and energy to the snow, and also give it a nice level of stability. Since this is going to be your only ski, I think you’ll appreciate having the extra groomer performance. In soft snow, it’s still an absolute blast. It’s still relatively playful, and it’s not exceptionally stiff. You sound like you can really ski, and I think you’ll appreciate the performance of the Pinnacle 105 over the other skis you listed. The Origin 106 is surprisingly powerful, but it doesn’t have quite the stability or vibration damping of the Pinnacle on firm snow.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

      1. Hey, thanks for the suggestion! I can’t help but do a bit more research to hone in on the exact pair. Let’s say I’m looking for the perfect 50/50 one ski quiver. The Pinnacle is still at the top yet I’m reading up on the K2 Wayback 106, Line Sick Day 104 and the Armada Tracer 108 and Invictus 108 — both of these sound like a blast. I’m heading to Canada for a week long hut trip in Feb otherwise will be doing some touring and front side equally throughout the season—i’m not looking for the lightest ski around, but trying to be smart about it (weights below). Any thoughts would rock. Thanks in advance and keep up the great work!

        Wayback = 1500
        Sick Day =1800
        Pinnacle = 2050
        Tracer = 2120
        Invictus =2160

      2. Hi Jason,

        The Wayback is going to be too light for a 50/50 ski. It’s a fun touring ski, but doesn’t have the stability or vibration damping to justify using it as a true 50/50 ski. The Sick Day could work, although I don’t necessarily think you’d prefer it for the same reasons I recommended the Pinnacle over the Origin. The Tracer 108 is a cool ski, we did a full review of it a while back on Chairlift Chat. Definitely could work if you want a slightly softer flexing ski than the Pinnacle. It feels a little bit more playful overall. I’d go Pinnacle over Invictus, mostly because you’re getting a slightly lighter ski for touring.

        Hope that helps!

        SE

  13. I’m an aggressive 49yr old male 5’7 150lbs looking for a west coast ski that I will use even in light snow days and on POW days. If I go pure powder ski its a waste. Squaw?Apline is home. Also headed to Revelstoke this winter. Kastle MX88 in a 168 is my daily driver unless its a bump day. Just picked up a new pair of MX89’s in the 164 but have not been out on them yet to see hoe they compare. Was hoping the tighter turn radius and slightly shorter length would help in the bumps with minimal negative high speed or stability effects. Looking at the Pinnacle 105… will it be stout enough for me? Any alternative suggestions? And, not sure to go with the 170 or 177. Main goal, FUN in the trees and skis for deeper days.

    1. Hi Jeff!

      The Pinnacle 105 should definitely be enough ski for you. One of our staff members skis it regularly and he’s much heavier and quite aggressive. It’s also a nice compliment to your existing skis. It’s a really fun ski in trees and absolutely loves soft snow conditions. For some reason the Pinnacle series gets overlooked by a lot of skiers, but it’s an absolutely awesome ski. For length, if you want to boost float and stability I’m sure you could ski the 177 cm. It uses a lot of rocker, so skis fairly short in some applications. If you want to focus on maneuverability, however, go 170 cm.

      SE

  14. Average sizer (5’9”) average weighter (160 lb) most time off piste with all conditions at Mt Bachelor. Frontside ski is an Atomic Vantage 90 at 176 cm – find them close to perfect. Using an older Volkl Mantra at about the same length for all mountain and find they ski too short. For a ski like the Pinnacle 105, Rustler 10, or Atomic Vantage 108 looking for advice on length – thanks!

    1. Hi Dave!

      I’d go right around 180, maybe a touch longer depending on the size breakdown. The Pinnacle 105, for example, you could go 184 cm and be just fine because it uses fairly pronounced rocker. No need to go much longer than that. I’m about your size and find 180-185 is usually the sweet spot for an all mountain/powder ski.

      Hope that helps!

      SE

  15. Hey SE,

    I wan’t to buy a new ski in the season end sale.
    I’m 178cm and 85kg. I ride in the Alps 50/50 red an black pistes and backcountry.
    I’m a intermediate rider an have a Völkl Bridge in 177cm from 2009 and a K2 Obsethed in 189cm from 2012.
    Now I want a Pinnacle with a Marker Kingpin for a little bit touring, too.
    Which one is the better for me? Pinnacle 95 oder 105 an what lenght you prefer?
    I have no possibility to test it.

    1. Hi TD!
      I own a pair of Pinnacle 105’s and I love them, but only in fresh snow. I wish I had a 95 for the other days, so if you’re only skiing fresh snow, get the 105, but if you’re skiing this setup all-mountain, the 95 will be far more versatile. I’d go with the 177. Hope that helps!
      SE

      1. THX for youre answer. Did you think with my 5’10” and 209lbs is the 184cm Pinnacle 95 the better choice?

  16. Oregon resort skier. Like groomed and off groom. I just like to ski. Advanced, moderately aggressive, 6′ 3.5″, athletic 56 years old and 190 lbs. Came off of Line Prophet 100’s at 186 that I rode for 8 years. Really like them, but wanted something more maneuverable as I chase my ex-racer/bump ski competitor friends around the mountain. Bought 2017/18 QST 99 at 181. Love the playful rocker, but after about 10 days on them they are too short and too soft. Thinking Nordica Enforcer 100’s at 185? For deeper snow I have Armada Tracer 118’s at 188, so looking for an all mountain that carves great at any radius, but is also fun in 6″ powder and steeps. I am not a big bump fan.

    Thanks,
    Eric

    1. Hi Eric!
      The Enforcer 100 in the 185 sounds like a great all-mountain ski for you. They’re stout and stable and can handle quite a bit of snow. I like how the build combined with the profile make them both stable and maneuverable at the same time. On-piste, they’re a blast as well–handling everything from fresh corduroy to chopped-up late day mess. Hope that helps!
      SE

  17. Hi SE,

    I’m 6’1 175lbs and am looking for an all mountain ski. I currently have the soul 7s at 188cm and quickly realized they are too soft and too long for me as I feel I have trouble taking charge of the ski in crud. I have a groomer ski and want to replace my soul 7s for powder days, but still be able to use the skis towards the end of the day when there’s mostly crud/groomers left. I have been looking at the blizzard rustler 10, liberty 106s, j skis the metal, and moment pb&j. As I try to widen my search as I’m a college student on a budget, I came across these K2s and have heard great reviews, but I’m worried that 184cm might still be too big for me. Any ideas or guidance?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Daniel!
      I’m 6/2 220 and I have the 191 in the Pinnacle 105 and love it. They’re not making it anymore, it has morphed into the Mindbender 108, and that’s a pretty ripping ski too. If you can find one in a 184, I bet you’d love it. Of the other skis on your list, I’m a fan of the Rustler 10 and the Liberty, and haven’t gotten on the J or the Moment. Hope that helps!
      SE