2020 K2 Mindbender 99Ti

The all-new Mindbender series is picking up where the Pinnacle line left off. As the centerpiece of the collection, the Mindbender 99 Ti is that all-mountain/freeride blend ski that’s aiming at the one-ski quiver folks. In this sense, it appears to be a successful shape and build. Starting with a Maple/Aspen wood core, K2 adds it’s Titanal Y-Frame that serves as it’s metal laminate. The wood core is a great blend of stiffness and lightness, and the Y-Frame adds to that by beefing up necessary parts while leaving others well enough alone. In the forebody of the ski, the metal extends all the way to the edges. It tapers in towards the tail to allow for a more playful and versatile release of the turn. A squared-off tip shape reduces swing weight, and although these are pretty heavy skis on the scale, they sure don’t feel like it on your feet. This is a good thing, especially for all-mountain skiers who are looking for the utmost in versatility. Our testers mainly found the Mindbender 99 Ti to be strong, stable, and a lot of fun.

Steve Sulin liked the feel of the 177, and scored it all 5’s except for a 4 in flotation. This type of consistent scoring is indicative of a well-rounded ski. They do everything well. Steve calls it the “ski of the year. It totally kills it and can’t do anything wrong.” Okay! Pretty resounding compliments from Steve here, and that’s good news for K2 getting a blessing like that from our shop manager.

Another 177 skier, Justin Perry scored it all 4’s except for a 3 in forgiveness. Again, seeing those consistent and linear scores speak volumes as to the versatility of the ski. “This is a fun all-mountain ripper. Very playful and pops you into anything you want.” K2 was definitely going for that playful aspect, especially with the metal laminate allowing the tail to be a bit more forgiving. The tips and forebody though, are pretty stiff and precise. Justin concludes by stating that the K2 Mindbender 99 is “great at high speed and low.”

On the longer 184, Parker Herlihy was a pretty big fan of the versatility and personality of the ski. He calls it a “bender of the mind” as K2 most likely enjoys hearing. He goes on to state that it’s a “strong all-around ski, but does not do anything that sets it apart.” Sometimes this can be a good thing, in that the ski is best suited for everything. Parker also notes that the ski is “light,” and we are assuming that he means that they feel light, but their actual weight is pretty high for skis of this shape and size.

In the highly-positive department, Brad Schauerman, on the 177, called the ski “awesome! Super-fun and super-versatile. One of my favorite skis of the day. Very quick and nimble and very stable at high speed as well.” As far as echoing K2’s hopes about this ski, Brad calls it “a great one-ski quiver ski.” His scores were all 4’s and 5’s, with 5’s being given for quickness, playfulness, and versatility. Sounds like Brad found a good one!

It’s tough for a totally new ski to break into the industry, and with the success of the Pinnacle line over the past few seasons, it must be hard to move on from that. K2 has done a fantastic job thus far in creating these high-performance skis that have a lot going for them. The Mindbender 99 Ti is a capable and fun-loving ski that our testers loved. Above most else, the versatility and all-around performance stood out, as evidenced by scores and comments. For advanced and expert skiers looking for that one-ski quiver, the MB 99 Ti is an awesome choice.

Testers

Brooks Curran

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

Ski Style: Ex-racer, now backcountry freerider

Brad Schauerman

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

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

Parker Herlihy

Age: 21Height: 6'4"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

Justin Perry

Age: 29Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive all-mountain freeride

Chuck Waskuch

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

Ski Style: Smooth and Controlled

Steve Sulin

Age: 44Height: 6'"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth, precise GS turns

33 Comments on the “2020 K2 Mindbender 99Ti”

  1. What length would you recommend for me. I see Steve and Justin both tested 177cm with the Mindbender 99 and both are taller and weigh more than me. I am a woman, weight 65 Kilos and am a very good to expert skiier. I currenly ski the Volkl98 lenth 177cm and find that length suitable, but the Volkl98 is a very easy ski to ski. What length would you recommend for me for the K2 Mindbender99 ?

    1. Hi Mercia!
      Definitely a burlier build in the MB 99 Ti. I think you’d have more fun on the 170. Still going to give you a ton of stability, just with a bit more maneuverability. Have fun!
      SE

  2. This ski sounds right up my alley. What length would you recommend? And is there another ski you feel would better suit me? I’m looking for a fun, playful all mountain “one ski quiver” that is also stable at high speeds. I’m 48 with fairly advanced skills. 5’10”. 180lbs. I looove trees (Steamboat), bumps (Mary Jane), ungroomed (Blue Sky Basin) and big carving (fill in the blank). And like to give my skis a lot of input (although I’m not as aggressive as I used to be). I appreciate it.

    1. Hi Rob!
      They’re pretty sweet! I’d go with the 177 in that model, as I think the 170 would be on the short side. Have fun!
      SE

  3. I currently have the K2 Ikonic 85ti in 177cm length I’m 5’9″ 180lbs I ski fast and aggressive. I love these Ikonics on the groomed runs at high speeds. I want a pair of skis with more width for trees and powder for western Canada Skiing. Should I buy the 108 or 99 Mindbenders and what length should I get?

    1. Hi Dave!
      Depends if you want a dedicated powder ski (108), or if you want something with more versatility (99). Since you have the narrow, I’d go with the wide. You’ll really love them on the deeper days. I’d stick to the 177 in the 108. Have fun!
      SE

  4. Hi,
    I’m looking at retiring my everywhere but Japan skis, 2010 Mantras. (184) At 6’3” and 220lbs I’m thinking the 191cm length. I ski in NZ, Alps, North America. What do your heavier testers think about the 191 MB99ti.
    Cheers

    1. Hi Craig!
      It’s a heavy ski, so our heavier testers really jived with it. I’m about the same size as you, and loved the dampness and overall feeling. A real Cadillac out there on the hill! Have fun!
      SE

  5. Hi,

    46 yo, 5’9″ and 240lbs (front row rugby player body set). i think I’m fast and aggressive (despite my knees). mostly on piste. What length should I choose? 177 or 184cm

    1. Hi Luis!
      I just think 184 will feel too long unless you know you like longer skis. I’d say 177 is the way to go. Have fun!
      SE

  6. Hi there Essentials, Here are mine: 5 11″, 150, expert, 1/2-2/3 time in East, rest in West, have loved my gen 1 (I think it’s gen 1 – no rocker, spooky white x-ray like graphics on black) 184 Mantras for years, find them to be the most versatile ski I’ve ever tried (bumps, powder, fast, carve on anything but hard ice, quick turning, smear, etc) but know it’s time to refresh. Looking for the elusive 1-ski quiver. Have tried a few new ones (all around 185mm). My reactions: Enforcer 100 – too much rocker, felt like I only was skiing half a ski, although I can see how it would be great in deep powder; Volkl M5: loved the grip and liveliness, but way more sidecut than I needed/wanted, hooky, and terrible float/smear in soft spring snow/crud; Rossi Experience 94 TI – also loved the edge control and grip and liveliness, but not solid or stable enough in manky crud, could not power over the rough stuff; Mantra 102 – too wide, too easy to catch edge with slightest ankle angle, hence tough to vary turn shape and style definitely not useful for Eastern bumps.

    I’ve been thinking about the K2 MIndbender 99 and Blizzard Bonafide, but have had trouble finding demos to try out. What do you all think?

    Thanks, I appreciate your help.
    Steve

    1. Hi Steve!
      MB 99 will ski much like the Mantra 102, just a smidge narrower. The Bonafide may fit the bill for you, as it has that classic feel to it that that older Mantra has–same style of construction anyway. If you had to buy blind, I’d say the Bonafide is the way to go, but always good to try! Have fun!
      SE

  7. Very interesting and unexpected comments. In fact, I would have thought you’d have flipped the 2 brands, with the strong stable Bonafide skiing like the staunch mantra 102 and the K2, that your reviews gave such high praise for versatility and liveliness, being similar to my current mantras that I’ve loved for their go-anywhere talents.
    Great input to consider; I’ve really got to try at least one of them now!
    Thanks very much for your insights!

  8. These were recently recomended to me as a ski for a bigger skier as I am about 6’3″ and 260lbs. The Enforcers were also mentioned. I saw your review of the new Enforcer 94s and that caught my attention. My basic question is which of the 2 do you think is easiers to throw around in trees or bumps. I mostly ski east coast groomers but I’d like to have the ability to get into some more adventurous terrain when I can.

    1. HI Chuck!
      The Enforcer, other than being slightly narrower, has a more freeride-shape with more rocker in the tips and tails versus the K2. This makes the Enforcer easier to throw around in trees and bumps. I’d reserve the K2 for high-speed cruising and crud-busting while the Enforcer has a bit more versatility built in. Both are on the heavy side, but I don’t forsee you having issues with that. Have fun!
      SE

  9. Hi guys, I M just getting back into skiing after a 10 year hiatus. So time for some new sticks. I am 5’10 and 200lbs. I would call myself a progressing intermediate skier. I can get down a black diamond if I have to but would rather not. Looking for a good all mountain ski that doesn’t have to be pushed full throttle all the time to perform. I live in Utah so about a 99 underfoot seems about right. Looking at the mindbenders, Nordica Enforcers, or Rossignol Experience. Open to other suggestions as well.

    1. HI Chris!
      Great list! In that ~99 range, I’m assuming you’re looking more for the Rossignol Experience 94, which is a great ski as well. The Enforcers have more of a burly construction, so while they have that extra top gear, they do need to be operated at speed in order to get the best results. Also check out the Salomon QST 99 for a fantastically friendly and versatile all-mountain ski. Have fun!
      SE

  10. why would i not choose bentchetler100 over 99ti?
    would chetler be more playful with more turned up tail and lighter weight then the 99ti?
    maybe the 108ti feels more playful then 99ti?
    i like both skis..so not sure. im a long time k2 guy and coming from skiing my marksman last two seasons.
    thanks for any feedback! 🙂

    1. HI Andy!
      Chetler is way more playful than the Mindbender 99 which is kind of a tank. The 108 has the same overall build as the 99, so you’re not getting much relief there either. More rocker in the 108 gives it a looser feeling, but still burly overall. If you’re looking for a replacement for the Marksman, The Bent Chetler 100 is more of a similar build, just a bit narrower and more maneuverable/playful. Have fun!
      SE

  11. Heya, 5’9” 182lb beginner / intermediate here. Could you help me decide if the mindbender 90ti or 99ti would be best for me? I ski in Vermont with a bit more of an aggressive style. I also started on short 154cm skis so I’m not 100% sure if 170cm would be my best choice.

    1. Hi Manuel!
      The 170 is about right for your size. I’d go with the 90 over the 99, just based on the conditions and terrain that you’re more likely to ski here in VT. Both are suitable for aggressive skiers, but the 90 is a better choice for an every day eastern ski. Take care!
      SE

    1. Hi Nick!
      I think the 177 will give you the best chance for success. Overall, the skis are on the heavy side, so we’re normally erring on the short side for that model. A hard-charging expert at your size would do the 184, but I think the 177 is a better fit for you. Have fun!
      SE

  12. I am having a hard time deciding between the 2020 177/180: K2 Mindbender, Nordica Enforcer, Blizzard Bonafied and the Mantras.

    I am a pretty hard charging aggressive skier and prefer something a little lighter, I am about 5’9, 160.

    1. Hi Brent!
      While none of those would particularly fall into the “light” category, the Mantra I’d say is the most maneuverable. Narrowest in the waist at 96 mm, and with carbon tips and tails, and with that titanal frame build, it has the lightest feel to it, but is still a rugged ski to be sure. Also look to sizing, as I’d put you in the 175-180 range, and some of these skis have better options than others. The 177 in the Mantra is a good choice, as is the 177 Enforcer, but between a 180 and a 173 in the Bonafide, you might face a tougher choice. Hope that helps!
      SE

  13. I’m 6’1 and 205lbs. Really struggling between the 177 and 184. 177 feels like it might be short and 184 feels like it might be long. Any guidance ? I ski mostly blues and blacks, occasionally double blacks, but no moguls. I ski both leisure and aggressively.

    1. Hi Bob!
      I’m 6/2 220 and I’m on at least the 184 in that ski. I actually like the 191 more, mostly because I do not like the possibility of knowing I left some performance on the table. If you’re no moguls, at your size, I’d look to the 184. Maybe a bit of a handful in tighter turns or at slower speeds, but I think the added stability and performance is worth the tradeoff. Have fun!
      SE

  14. Hi everyone!
    I am 193cm tall guy and with weight around 82kg. I live in Europe so my main destinations for skiing are Dolomites or Alps. I am thanking of buying k2 mindbenders 99ti 184 cm. Previously I was renting skis but i guess it is time to buy my own pair of them. I really liked the head shape xs graphene but it sometimes didn’t feel well on powder and on the late snow ( at the end of the day). I was thinking about mindbenders as they are reviewed as skis for everything. I am an advanced skier and I prefer to go with some speed. I rarely go out of the piste and i like carving with not quick turns. However, I have checked also the deacon 84 from völki as maybe a better option for me since i am not a freeride type of skier. Could you give me some advise on which ski should i go with?
    I will really appreciate your answer!
    Maciej

    1. Hi Maciej!
      There’s an in-between that you should check out, the MIndbender 90 Ti–same build as the 99, just in a narrower format. Splits the difference between the more on-piste Deacon 84 and the freeride-oriented Mindbender 99. That 88-90 underfoot range sounds like a better fit for you. Have fun!
      SE

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