2020 K2 Mindbender 108Ti

As the wider (but not widest) member of the new K2 Mindbender family, the 108 hits some good notes in the soft-snow category. Many of our testers remarked at how well they skied on groomed and firm terrain in addition to their powder prowess, and that’s a good thing when you’re looking for a more versatile snow day ski. At 108 mm underfoot and featuring a Fir/Aspen wood core, these skis are built for floating and quickness (for the width). Add to that K2’s new Titanal Y-Beam, and you’ve got the makings of a well-rounded ski that excels in the deep stuff. The Y-Beam is a sheet of metal that puts most of the power and precision in the forebody and the underfoot portions of the ski, and tapers to the middle in the tail end. This gives the ski a ton of strength in turn initiation and edge hold, while keeping the tail fun and accessible, which is especially handy in fresh snow. All-Terrain rocker and a generous 22.9-meter turn radius at the 186 cm length round out this nice new ski. As with a lot of new models, our testers had fairly diverse experiences on them, which echoes our philosophy that there’s not one perfect ski out there, but rather there’s one that’s perfect for you.

On the 186, Brooks Curran took exception to the longer turn radius. He had scores of 3 out of 5 for stability, forgiveness, edge hold, and versatility. On the lower side of the scoresheet, Brooks gave them 2’s for quickness and playfulness. In terms of that more linear shape, Brooks calls it “a bit overzealous.” Brooks felt that, for him, the ski was not beefy enough for the longer radius. But Brooks is a pretty strong skier, so it makes sense that that was a possible outcome. The build will certainly be enough for the majority of the population.

Marcus Shakun is a bit taller than Brooks, and he also skied the 186. Marcus noted, in terms of the radius, that the K2 Mindbender 108 Ti is a “long turner that can smear out smaller turns as well.” So Marcus found that even though the ski liked to do longer turns, it could be persuaded to shorten it up when asked. Marcus also called the MB 108 Ti a “fun freeride ski for a solid advanced to expert skier. Using the shape of the shovel to initiate the turn really helps find this ski’s personality.” Stay forward, advises Marcus. “Once you roll it over and drive the shovel in, it rips and pulls you into the turn.” Regarding the ski’s soft-snow character, the 108 “cranks through the thick snow without a doubt.”

The biggest fan of the ski was Brad Schauerman, who skied the 179. His scores were all 4’s and 5’s, with a 5 for overall impression. It’s always impressive when a ski receives a high score for both quickness and flotation. “This was one of my favorite skis from the test. Very quick and nimble for a 108. Easy to put on edge and feel confident in any conditions.” Brad concludes his glowing review with “a very fun ski.”

Connor Gorham skied the 186 and liked the length, maneuverability, playfulness, and edge hold. Even though he wasn’t a fan of the “Big Bird” style graphics, but certainly liked the rest of the ski. “These beasts cut ruts like ya read about. I thought the ski was going to be too long, but they ski shorter and control through the potato mash. These are money for spring days.” After a few more runs, Connor was even more convinced, exclaiming that “holy smokes they move!”

New ski models sometimes take a bit of time to find their crowd. Based on our testers and the results, it seems like the 108 works better for the lighter crowd, who really loved the ski. At almost 110 underfoot, these things will float on anything, so if you’re looking for that versatile pow ski, the MB 108 Ti is a great choice.

Testers

Brad Schauerman

Age: 28Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Trees, trees, and more trees just like a squirrel

Brooks Curran

Age: 24Height: 6'2"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Ex-racer, now backcountry freerider

Connor Gorham

Age: 29Height: 6'0"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Creative and inviting and always with a smile

Jeff Neagle

Age: 33Height: 5'10"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive freeride with freestyle background

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

Chuck Waskuch

Age: 47Height: 5'8"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and Controlled

6 Comments on the “2020 K2 Mindbender 108Ti”

  1. What size would you guys recommend for a 5’10”, 195lb skier? Advanced-expert…
    Ive been skiing 190 moment bibbys as a pow ski for a few years, but last year I got a 181 masterblaster and love them. Im looking for something that will do well in powder, trees, and bumps. And will mow thru chop. 186 seems long and 179 seems short. Hmmm!!!!
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Scott!
      I think your size and level puts you in the 186 category. They’ll be a bit of a handful in bumps and tight trees, but I’d say it’s worth the tradeoff. There’s not much worse than getting out there in crud and feeling like you’ve left some performance and stability on the table. I’d rather work a bit harder in some areas and have that extra length when I need it. Hope that helps!
      SE

  2. Hello
    What size would you recommend for me? 6’7”, 200lb skier, Advanced-expert…skiing in the Alps.
    Ive been skiing 194 Dynafit Chugach and 195 Whitedot Ranger. I would like to have one pair all-mountain freeride ski for usage all over the mountain.So far considering the K2 MB 108 , 193cm and Enforcer 104 191cm What is the main difference between these ski? Which one would you recommend in my case?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Bozhidar!
      Pretty comparable skis, I’d say. A bit of extra width and a slightly more directional personality in the K2, while the Enforcer has more of that twin-tip shape to it for playful freeride format. I’d also say the Enforcer is more versatile and better suited for harder snow and groomers–a surprisingly capable carver! Nice that both those skis come in the longer lengths!
      SE

      1. Hi!
        Thanks for the quick response. You are right, It isnt easy to find all-mountain ski over 190cm. Anyways one more model got my attention. How would you compare Ranger 102 Fr 191 to the previous mentioned ski?
        Greetings from Austria

      2. Hi Bozhidar!
        The Ranger is lighter and more flexible, as it lacks the metal of the other models. Surprisingly, though, it’s quite a capable ski. Not quite the high-speed comfort in crud and chop as the more metallic skis, but it certainly has a better slow-speed compliance, as well as a strong carving skill set. If you’re looking for something with a less than full-octane personality, that would be a good choice. The Ranger 107 Ti comes in a 188, and while it’s sub-190, it does have more metal and a more directional character than the 102 FR. Just a thought. Have fun!
        SE

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