2022 K2 Mindbender 90C

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lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177 cm
radius: 17.5 m at 177 cm
sidecut: 127/90/113 mm at 177 cm

On the quick and agile side of the ~90’s underfoot all-mountain skis, the K2 Mindbender 90 C is a top dog. Built with an Aspen veneer wood core and carbon boost strips, the skis get their main source of power from their carbon spectral braid. This braiding of carbon stringers is tighter and closer together in the forebody and underfoot areas of the ski, while relaxing and becoming looser in the tails of the ski. This mimics the style of the ski of the Mindbenders in the Titanal Y-Beam format, but the use of carbon instead of metal makes for a nice savings in terms of weight. They succeed in making the ski more torsionally stiff where it needs to be for a ski like this, and it makes the playful exit of the turn make a lot more sense, especially for intermediate and advanced skiers who predominantly ski on groomers. The flex and the shape do make it accessible for a wide variety of skier types and terrain options.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Aspen Veneer
Carbon Boost, Carbon Spectral Braid
All Mountain, Groomers, Powder

Benny Wax had an absolute blast on this ski. He skied the 177, which is the longest length made, and he notes that it skis true to size and is a good length for him. He had a lot of high scores for the 90 C, including 5’s out of 5 for playfulness and overall impression. For a ski that’s meant to make a variety of turns and put a smile on skiers’ faces, these are some great scores to start with. His low score was a 3 out of 5 for torsional stiffness, which also makes sense given the more flexible nature of the ski. All other scores were 4’s so Benny certainly had a favorable opinion and a fun time on these skis. He notes as such: “Wahoo! Playful, lively, bouncy! Fun in the soft bumps and stable on the groomers. Adapting to short turns and back to open ones really easy. Just a fun happy ski! So adaptable and fun. Transitions with the change in terrain and conditions so fluidly. Any strong recreational skier will have a blast with these. Definitely for a single ski quiver.” That’s a really nice and accurate description of this ski, so we’ll just leave it at that.

Also on the 177, Jeffrey Siegel noted that it skis true to size. His top marks of 4 out of 5 were given for quickness, maneuverability, forgiveness, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression. All other scores were 3’s, so this means that like Benny, Jeffrey found the skis not only to be well-rounded, but that it also functioned on a high level in that capacity. “The Mindbender 90C is a great mid-level all-mountain freeride ski. I love the shape and the core feel. It’s great in bumps, with some nice, easy going rebound. I found it very easy to steer and play around on. It’s also a really nice carving ski. It has a little bit of pop, but it’s easy-going. I also thought that it was somewhat forgiving, but I felt that it rewarded you for getting forward on the ski and punished you a little for getting too far back. Not the most stable at speed, but not bad. I would put an advanced or intermediate skier on this ski. I liked that it was snappy, yet easy to ski. If you have a tendency to get behind your skis, it might take a little getting used to, but I think the rebound and the core feel makes it a little more fun and a little more interesting than other skis in this category.”

If you’re looking for that 90 mm underfoot ski for true all-mountain skiing, and having that ski able to perform in a wide variety of conditions and terrain, the K2 Mindbender 90 C is a fantastic choice. Great in bumps, fun in trees, and a fairly capable carver, these skis have a huge range—capable and willing to handle it all. There’s a lot to like about the K2 Mindbender 90 C, and it all starts with the technological capabilities of the carbon spectral braid and K2’s ability to fine-tune the flex and energy of the ski.

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