In a crowded field of ~88-90 mm underfoot skis, certain models need something to stand out, and the K2 Mindbender 88 Ti Alliance has always had a trick up its sleeve. There’s a lot to like about the quickness and versatility of these skis, and it all starts with K2’s Titanal Y-Beam and the power it delivers to the edges of the ski. While a lot of skis in this category have some type of metal laminate, be it partial, full, or supportive, the K2’s Y-Beam shaping has a lot of sophistication and power to it for sure. Extending over the edges in the shovels and through the mid-body of the ski, the metal tapers to a central spine in the tail of the ski. This gives excellent edge grip and turn initiation power while the tail of the ski remains a bit more friendly, playful, and approachable, allowing skiers to vary up their turn shape and style and giving more ability for the skier to dictate how to ski the 88 Ti Alliance. In addition, K2 uses their Powerwall sidewall to add even more leverage and torsional stiffness in the central portion of the ski. Edge grip for days is the result of this technology. Also, the rocker profile of these skis is both longer and lower than other models, making the MB 88 Ti Alliance one of the smoother performers of the grouping.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
All Mountain, Groomers, Powder
On the 165, Alli Ruschp found the ski to be true to size, and really had quite a few nice things to say about it. She gave the ski 5’s out of 5 for stability, quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, torsional stiffness, edge hold, and overall impression. Other scores of 4 out of 5 followed closely behind, with nothing dropping below that threshold. These are some pretty darn impressive scores for a ski, and it sounds like Alli really had a blast on them, as she was “Very impressed with this ski, perfect for the conditions, holds in ice and is playful when you need. Light enough to be playful, a great one ski quiver for an advanced lady!” It does seem like it’s one of those skis where you don’t have to think too hard about what you’re doing on them, and they react accordingly.
Ariel Aidala was also on the 165, and she found it to be a good length for her as well. She gave top scores of 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold, with 4’s for quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression. The lowly 3 was given for forgiveness, showing that this ski still has a very stiff flex and heavier overall feel. Ariel notes that the Mindbender 88 Ti Alliance is “stable and quick on long and hard turns, but you have to commit to it or the skis will find somewhere else to go. Great in bumps and transitioning from hard to soft snow. Great skis from K2 and I love the graphics refresh as well. I’d call these good-to-great all-mountain women’s skis for the feisty lover of turns lady skier.” I like that way of describing this ski, as the feisty adjective really rings true.
If you’re looking for something that’s got the strength and power to handle high speeds, while also remaining nimble and light for quick turns in the bumps and trees, the K2 Mindbender 88 Ti Alliance is a fantastic choice. With an interesting and unique build, these skis have that proper combination of shape, profile, and build to take you wherever you want to go on the mountain. These high-end versatile skis are best when used by advanced and expert skiers, mostly due to the stiffness and burliness, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not too strong for a progressing intermediate looking for stability.
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