The K2 Thrilluvit 85 is a brand new ski for 2018 and is designed to offer lightweight, fun performance for the entire mountain. The Thrilluvit uses a simple aspen wood core as opposed to the Konic technology found in a lot of the “Luv” series skis. This keeps the price down (yay!), while also giving the ski a very predictable, even flex from tip to tail. K2 has positioned the ski for developing intermediate skiers and less aggressive skiers looking to just maximize the amount of fun they’re having out on the slopes. We had four great testers on a 163 cm Thrilluvit 85 who are all excited to share their experience.
Carly Monahan thought the ski was “very fun and playful.” She described it as “light, quick, and great in soft snow. It can carve nicely. I didn’t really get to test edge hold on firm snow, but seems fairly solid. It smears turns really nicely, is very poppy, and has noticeably low swing weight.” Carly thought it would be a great ski for “an intermediate skier who wants to play around in all mountain conditions, trees, etc.” She continued to describe it as “not fatiguing, a ski you can casually ski all day.”
Caroline Kessler agreed and thought the Thrilluvit was “relaxed.” She thought it preferred “small radius turns,” which makes a lot of sense considering its 13.5 m turn radius at the longest length of 170 cm. Caroline thought it would be a great choice for “a relaxed, fairly beginner skier.” Chloe Wexler had just about the same exact reaction as Caroline, but went into more detail. She thought it felt “loose at the end of a turn,” and that it did “more sliding than carving.” Chloe is a fast, aggressive skier and did think that the Thrilluvit 85 “maxed out at high speeds and isn’t a ski for driving, more sit in the middle and swish back and forth.”
Kristi Brown scored the Thrilluvit 85 5 out of 5 for playfulness and forgiveness. She referred to it as a “spring break ski,” a nod to the idea that the ski is all about having fun. She described it as “super fun and energetic” and commented that it “requires no commitment.” Kristi thought it had a “fun personality” and that it would be a “great ski for beginners to enhance their ability to intermediate.” We definitely agree with Kristi and think the Thrilluvit 85 is going to be a very confidence inspiring ski for developing skiers. Because it’s so fun and easy to ski it definitely promotes progression. It’s also very forgiving and won’t punish skiers for making mistakes or for a lack of technique. Kristi did want to highlight that it’s not a dumbed down beginner ski, rather a fun, energetic ski that holds tremendous value. “Do not let the value deter you as you get a lot more bim, bam, BANG for your BUCK!”
We think the Thrilluvit 85 is a great addition to the K2 women’s line and gives beginner and intermediate skiers a really fun platform to take around the entire mountain. It’s energetic, easy to ski, and just down-right fun. We also love the color profile with teal and purple working together over the top sheet to create a really cool, high end look. Great job K2! We expect to see a lot of these on the feet of women of all ages.