The 2020 K2 Anthem 72 Ti is a pure carving machine. With a 72 mm waist width and a titanal laminate, these things are built to be on edge, laying down beautifully round tracks. Just a little bit of tip rocker makes a big difference in terms of turn initiation, so each and every turn seamlessly melds into one another, creating a super-smooth feeling. The core is made from denser Aspen and lighter Paulownia woods, which combine to make a tough and maneuverable setup. Adding to that stiffness is a Bio-Konic carbon laminate that stiffens the ski making it more torsionally stiff. Former racers and aspiring carvers will love the edge grip and shorter turn radius of the K2 Anthem 72 Ti. The 13-meter turn radius at 160 cm length is on the short side for sure, as these things make closer to slalom-style turns versus longer GS carves. As such, it’s hard to get them up to really high speeds, because they want to be on edge and turn pretty much all the time. But if you love making beautiful round turns, there’s not much out there that’s built and designed better than the Anthem 72 Ti. Our testers were enamored with the ski’s carving ability, as well as its smoothness and maneuverability.
Nifer Hoehn is a former racer who appreciated the short-turn nature of her 160 cm test length. She scored the ski all 4’s and 5’s, with top marks for quickness, maneuverability, versatility, and overall impression. While they’re probably not versatile in an all-mountain sense of the term, Nifer found that they made a variety of turns and did it well. Quite simply from Nifer, “I loved these. They’re narrow underfoot and carve nicely. They were stable and consistent throughout the turn and were really easy to initiate. In our cold spring morning conditions, I was able to lay them over easily. Fun spunk to them—they’re lively and solid at the same time.” We love hearing when skis accomplish opposing characteristics such as this—it shows a versatile and well-rounded product.
Also on the 160, Darcy Mangan loved the stability, with that category earning a 5 out of 5. She’s got the quote to back it up, too: “Stupid-stable at speed. They want to run!” Sounds good, I guess. Her other high scores of 4 out of 5 were given for quickness, edge hold, and overall impression. For a carving ski, this is something that you should definitely be looking out for. Obvious low scores for flotation, forgiveness, and versatility are not shocking for a narrow ski like this. Darcy calls the Anthem 72 a “great frontside ski for intermediate to expert skiers. They’re quiet and smooth, like driving a BMW, but you have to hang on and drive!” This tells us that the skis do require proper balance and input, or else you won’t get all the advantages of this slick build.
Kristi Brown would have liked a little more length, as she found the 160 to be on the short side. Nevertheless, she still scored it a 5 out of 5 for stability and overall impression. Her low score was a 4 out of 5 for forgiveness, indicating that this is a pretty stiff ski. Edge hold, quickness, and versatility are all hallmarks of this type of ski, and Kristi picks up on it right away. As another former racer in the test, she’s able to tell when these things will work out. “The larger shovel and shape lead to spunky and fun turns.” That’s the second tester who used the word “spunk” to describe this ski. Interesting.
These 2020 K2 Anthem 72 Ti skis are necessary members of the K2 ski family. For hard snow and front-side cruising, the Anthem 72 is an awesome choice. They have the shape and the build to crank out some sweet, round, and stylish turns on the corduroy and flatter surfaces. If you’re looking for a ski with some serious “spunk,” I guess this is the ski for you!