When wood and carbon are shaped in the correct mold, amazing things can happen. The 2020 K2 Anthem 82 is a perfect example of how a ski company can take some simple materials and make them into super-fun and exciting skis. While metal-free, these skis have the ability to carve some mean and tight turns, and skiers in the intermediate range and above will find confidence and poise in these great front-side skis. The BioKonic core takes that carbon and puts it underfoot and tapering towards the tips and tails. This creates a solid underfoot feel with strong edge control that is perfect for pretty much all on-trail activities. They do have a bit of width to them, and while not a powder ski, they will handle soft and chopped up snow just fine. Also, having that bit of extra width is perfect for balance and carving stability. At the 160 cm length, these skis have a 14-meter turn radius, so expect to be doing some carving. Just a touch of tip rocker makes the initiation a bunch easier, and skiers from a variety of backgrounds will appreciate the well-roundedness of this nice carver.
Allison Ruschp skied the 160 and found it to be about the right size, maybe on the short end of things, but nothing crazy. She gave the ski 5’s out of 5 for quickness, maneuverability, and forgiveness. Alli must be picking up on the Fir/Aspen wood core blend that, especially in the tips and tails, makes the ski flex naturally and smoothly. Her other high score was a 4 out of 5 for playfulness, indicating that you can do more than just a back and forth on these things. “Light and very forgiving. Easy to turn, perfect for intermediate ladies looking to have a good time. It’s a relaxed ski, not aggressive, and the construction does dampen the ski, but still a very soft ski.” As a result, Alli found a drawback to that forgiveness is that it’s “not great on ice, the edge hold is relaxed.” The wider waist probably has something to do with that, as the torsional stiffness will decrease as the width increases.
Susan Dorn was a fan of her 160 cm test length Anthem 82, and she scored it 4’s out of 5 for flotation and stability. Susan notes that the K2 Anthem 82 is a “good all-around ski. Light.” And in terms of the radius, Susan picks up on the fact that the Anthem 82 “liked medium-sized turns best.” So not pushed to the limit of the radius, and not just skidding straight seems to be the sweet spot of the Anthem 82.
Katrine Wolfgang wished she skied the 167 versus her 160 cm test length. Regardless, she scored the ski all 4’s right down the category line. These types of scores are usually seen with a wider all-mountain ski, but it sounds like Katrine is seeing something special in the Anthem 82. “Super-light ski. Very easy to turn. Today was hardpacked, and it would have been nice to try in softer snow because the tip would float nicely.” In regards to the off-groomer activities, Katrine concludes by stating that “they were a lot of fun in soft moguls.” Those more flexible tips and tails do make a fine mogul ski, and when combined with the narrower waist and light weight, these things can swivel and pivot on a dime.
Ariel Aidala also thought the 160 was on the short side, and as a result, her highest score was a 4 out of 5 for quickness and maneuverability. Ariel calls it a solid “intermediate cruiser ski. Still had control and was playful in softer snow.” In terms of the forgiving nature of the ski, Ariel cautions “don’t push too hard though because there is a limit to what it can excel at.”
Without the metal, the Anthem 82 is ideal for the intermediate range of skiers, and that can include advancing beginners and regular advanced skiers looking for a light and quick ski.