On the wide and beefy side of the Mindbender line, the 108 Ti is the harder-charging, stronger-floating of the grouping. As the widest to contain the Y-Beam metal laminate, these skis definitely have a lot of power and strength to them, making them some of the most rugged skis out there in this shape. Unchanged but for graphics for 2022, the K2 Mindbender 108 Ti loves to be pushed at high speeds, and while there can be some playfulness involved, the overall weight and character of the ski definitely lends more to the powerful skiers of the world that like to ski at higher speeds and make longer turns. When you get these skis in the deep stuff, they’re a whole lot of fun, but they also make some pretty impressive turns on smoother and firmer snow as well. The Y-Beam shape of metal has a lot to do with this, and when it’s added to the fir and aspen wood core, you’re getting quite a strong ski. The metal over the edges in the forebody of the ski hooks up quickly and with purpose—allowing the ski to bring you into the turn with intent. The metal then tapers in to the tail, giving the ski its playful nature.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
All Mountain, Powder, Big Mountain
Ryan Daniel skied the 186 and found it to be “just right for a ski like this, but definitely a good length in the right conditions.” Ryan scored the 108 Ti 4’s out of 5 for flotation, stability, playfulness, torsional stiffness, edge hold, and overall impression. 3’s rounded out his scorecard for forgiveness and versatility, leading us to believe that Ryan felt these skis were a bit more one-dimensional and better served in the softer snow. “They take a lot of work to get up on edge, especially on harder snow, so that was a bit of a challenge, but you can tell that they like to float and stay on top of the snow, even offering some pivoting and smearing options. I did, however, ski these towards the end of the day and my legs were quite tired, so it’s a bit more difficult to get a good read on them.” Conditions, terrain, and skier fatigue are all factors in a ski test for sure, and are very important to note as well.
On the 179, David Carter noted that he “liked the length, and with the rocker, it felt a bit shorter.” We normally find David on narrower skis like this, so it’s great to get his input when it comes to wider skis with a bit more length and metal. He gave a top score of 5 out of 5 for flotation, with the rest of the categories earning 4’s. This is an impressive spread of high scores from David, and we’re all about it, as these 108 Ti’s have been a staff and fan-favorite for a few years now. David states that he “found this ski to be very stable and predictable through the spring slush.” It’s funny, a lot of the wider skis with metal performed and scored quite well during our test, as those skis were the ones that could handle the softer, more spring-like conditions of the hill those days.
Back for more big mountain crushing, the K2 Mindbender 108 Ti has already carved a reputation for itself in the soft-snow world, but a lot of skiers are gravitating to it for its versatility and well-roundedness, too. Advanced and expert skiers will get the most out of these demanding skis, although if you’re an advancing intermediate looking for a powder ski, it’s going to be on the stiffer end of the spectrum, but not unattainable.
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