2023 K2 Mindbender 89Ti Ski
2023 K2 Mindbender 89Ti Ski w/ Tyrolia Attack2 14 GW BindingsSale Price $664.95 Regular Price $874.95
K2 Mindbender 89Ti Skis
When soft snow is in short supply, the K2 Mindbender 89 Ti will deliver for you. Although it's built with the same Titanal Y-Beam construction and All- Terrain Rocker profile as its other siblings in the Mindbender family, the 89 Ti stands apart being offered at the narrowest width of 89-millimeters underfoot. The result is a ski that has the precision and precise edge hold that you need to grip and rip the hard pack but is still wide enough for ungroomed skiing and forays into powder stashes. These Titanal powered rocket ships deliver the goods when conditions are firm while remaining versatile and nimble enough to navigate bumps, trees, and even that surprise overnight refresh. K2's signature Titanal Y-Beam construction has been tweaked to improve turn initiation and edge-hold, along with an All-Terrain Rocker profile that makes this ski extremely versatile. We like to say that the mid to upper 80's waist width is ideal for all-mountain versatility in places that don't receive consistent snow fall like the Northeast or Midwest. This makes the 89Ti an ideal daily driver ski for those skiers who predominantly ski hard pack snow, but are also ready when Mother Nature cooperates. The K2 Mindbender 89 Ti skis has the precision edge hold you need to dominate the hardpack, but is still wide enough for forays into the ungroomed.
- Sidecut: 130/89/114 mm at 182 centimeters
- Turn Radius: 16.6 meters at 182 centimeters
- Core: Maple/Aspen
- Titanal Y-Beam
- Rocker/Camber/Rocker Profile
- Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers
All-Mountain • Groomers
The Y-Beam has been expanded a bit, especially in the tail, so there is a different feel to it in that regard. We also move to a full sidewall instead of a half-cap with a powerwall sidewall like in older 90Ti. Aspen wood core keeps it light and energetic as well. The 89 is a bit lighter as it only uses ASpen while the 90Ti used Aspen and Maple. But yes, it's more turny of a ski for sure, and I feel it a lot in the tail, in a good way. The new 89 is more refined of a ski and a nice improvement.
Neither as heavy nor as stiff as Enforcer, the K2 strikes a nice balance of performance and accessibility. I feel that Enforcer skiers kind of need to know what they're in for while a Mindbender skier could be more unaware and still be happy on the ski. The shorter arc of the K2 makes it a turnier ski with excellent rebound, but not quite as high of an end as the Enforcer.
It's just a little lower on the performance scale than those skis. Much better in bumps and trees, but not quite as precise on the groomers. Great kick out of the turn, much like the Kendo, and not nearly as heavy as the Brahma. I'd narrow focus to the K2 and the Kendo, with the K2 being a bit more versatile.
The new 89 Ti is going to have a slightly different construction to the 90. For one they dropped maple from the wood core in favor of a full aspen veneer core. This coupled with the reshaped Titanal laminates make the ski a little lighter than the 90 Ti was. They are also implementing a full sidewall construction and really, all this translates to a ski that's less catchy in the tips and more energetic in the tail. The 89 Ti is going to feel a bit more like an on trail carver but it will still have that famous Mindbender versatility.
Have fun out there!
This is just an early release that we've received--we likely won't see more inventory of any size until the summer.
The K2 finishes and kicks out of a turn much nicer than the Vantage or the Kore. The Kore is considerably more versatile due to the width and the more freeride-oriented shape and profile, so for on-trail activities, I'd certainly lean to the K2. If you're looking at something like the M-Pro 99 as a wider option, I don't think the Kore makes a lot of sense as a complementary ski, at least compared to the K2. I'd look at the K2 in the 182. The M-Pro 99 is awesome. The shovel is great for riding up and over soft snow, while the tail still has a lot of strength and power--we've seen that ski operated at high-levels on a lot of different conditions and terrain. I'd say 179 in that ski for you.
Similar application, but they get there different ways. Both are fun, versatile, all-mountain skis that carve well. The Dynastar has more metal in the tail while the K2 has more in the tip. This gives the Dynastar a bit floatier of a feel in softer snow while the K2 is more grabby. That flips when the snow gets firm, with the K2 entering the turn cleanly and strongly with the Dynastar finishing with a strong kick at the end. It's all about how you want the ski to feel, there's no real objective performance differences. I would rather ski the K2 with it's slightly more forgiving flex in the bumps and trees but not by a whole lot.
I'd lean to the narrower ski on that list, the 89Ti in the 170 or 176, depending on speed and aggressiveness. It's plenty wide for most people's off-trail activities, and really comes to life when you're on the groomers. I also think this makes for a better kid ski than the others. Have fun!
I think the Mindbender might be exactly what you're looking for. It's a more frontside focused ski, but with the added tail rocker and new metal shape that K2 added it's very forgiving on the turn exit and doesn't feel like it holds onto turns for too long. The edges are also considerably less grabby than other skis like the Enforcer 88 or the stance making it easy to pivot and smear when you need too. K2 really knocked it out of the park with the 89 Ti and I think this ski is going to quickly become a fan favorite.
The MB 89Ti is much more of an on trail carver than the Rustler 9. You get lot more edge grip with the 89 Ti, especially with the new full sidewall construction. They do have a little more rocker in the tips and tails compared to its predecessor ,the MB 90 Ti, and that definitely helps this ski handle variable conditions and some off trail skiing. But compared to the rustler it's definitely more of an on-trail ski.
According to your height and skill level, the 176cm will be the best option for you! Hope this helps!