For a few years, the K2 IKonic 84 Ti has been a staple of the front side/all-mountain category. It’s got a bit of extra width for a carving ski, and the build to go with it, but it’s great to see that the skis have a ton of versatility for this type of ski. They’re powerful and smooth, thanks to the wood core, titanal laminate, and carbon spine, and do not feel too heavy, even though they’re super-smooth and stable. At the 177 cm length, the skis have a 17.5-meter turn radius, and this is a versatile shape for a variety of turn shapes. Advanced and expert level skiers will glean the most performance out of this ski, and from groomers to moguls and everything in between, the K2 IKonic 84 Ti is a perfect choice. As a system ski, it’s normally pigeon-holed as an on-trail ski, but this 84 can do some other stuff, too. Our testers loved the edge hold and stability, as they should, given the shape and build of this great ski.
Benny Wax skied the 177 and found it to be on the long side. They are pretty burly skis, after all. His top mark was a 5 out of 5 for overall impression, so we’re off to a good start already. Benny calls the IKonic 84 Ti “fun and playful, stable and quiet at speed.” In terms of their all-mountain prowess, Benny says they’re “comfortable on crud.” And as it pertains to velocity, “when you get to higher speeds, this ski performed smooth, solid, and great.” We’d guess those characteristics are mostly due to the build of the ski, and how the wood, metal, and carbon all interact to create a poised and accurate ski.
David Wolfgang was on the properly sized 184, and he gave top scores for forgiveness, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. When you’re laying into a carve, having the ski flex into the turn is a nice thing, so it’s more of a positive that David likes the forgiving nature of the ski. “Speed and long arcing turns was what I found to be the ski’s sweet spot. They could turn on a dime but loved it when you let them fly. Stable and fun.” All great compliments, as the skis are showing their versatility through our testers.
On the 177, Mike Aidala calls them “fast and solid. The IKonic 84 Ti in the 177 is an absolute ripper on the front side if you are an aggressive skier looking for a ski to make a variety of turns at high speeds. The ride on the IKonic 84 Ti is an absolute ripping stiff ski for laying fast, long turns.” It’s fair and safe to say that Mike was a fan of this ski, as his overall impression score of 5 matched his other high marks for torsional stiffness, edge hold, and stability. Mike’s definitely seeing these skis as more front-side versus all-mountain.
Michael Rooney loved the forgiveness and the stability of his 184 cm test length. His lowest score was a 3 out of 5 for playfulness, as this ski does mean business for the most part. “The 84 Ti lets you relax and make turns, however when you stop relaxing and push it, the 84 Ti turns into a K2 race ski and makes good railroad track carved turns.” It certainly does have that racy feel to it, as K2 made a lot of effort to ensure the proper stiffness and stability came through with this high-end carver.
For stability and speed, it’s hard to get a more versatile and comfortable feel than the K2 IKonic 84 Ti. The wood, carbon, and metal build of the skis is stout and strong, while the shape is perfect for all-mountain cruising. Advanced and expert skiers will glean the best performance, but they’re accessible for heavier or more aggressive intermediate skiers as well. They’re pretty sharp looking, too.