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2023 K2 Disruption Ti2 Ski Review

The mountain is now your personal racecourse. That’s K2’s tagline for the 2022 (and carrying forward to 2023) Disruption Ti2. Sometimes those little taglines can feel kinda gimmicky, or just marketing jargon, but we feel like that’s actually a very accurate description of what this ski feels like. If you follow our channel or read our reviews, perhaps you remember when we first reviewed the Disruption MTi. That was an exciting time. A new line of carving skis from K2 with some innovative technology and a refreshing approach to the frontside category of skis. They’re not just less aggressive versions of existing World Cup skis because, well, K2 doesn’t have any World Cup skis. Instead, these were developed, engineered, and designed for those of us who spend our time at the resort more than inside a race course. While the MTi impressed us, and continues to be an extremely rewarding ski, this Disruption Ti2 takes the race-like feel and overall performance to the next level.

I was pleasantly surprised last spring when a pair of ARC built Disruption Ti2 skis showed up at the warehouse with my name on the box. I didn’t know they were coming, I didn’t even know they made them, but now I’m a proud owner of a Disruption Ti2 in a 182 cm length that was hand built in Seattle. We’ve skied both the ARC build and the normal Disruption Ti2 basically back to back and despite some subtle differences in their appearance, they are the same ski and it’s hard to find any difference between them. If anything, that says a lot about their factory in China. Chinese manufacturing in the ski world has somewhat of a bad reputation, but it's important to remember that K2 owns their Chinese-based factory and has 100% control over the final product. I think a lot of people think of it as outsourcing, but that’s not the case whatsoever.

AT A GLANCE


2023 K2 DISRUPTION Ti2 SKIS



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

BINDINGS

177, 182, 187 cm

22.3 m @ 182 cm

111 / 71 / 96 mm

Marker Piston Plate with XComp 16


Anyways… this ski. It’s sweet. But, it’s also somewhat demanding. What’s nice about it, from what we’ve found, is it has all the characteristics we like about full on race skis, but loses some of the characteristics we don’t particularly like. Let’s take a look at shape and construction before we dive into performance. To start, this is 100% a frontside ski. It’s 71 mm underfoot, which is 3 mm narrower than the MTi. The length breakdown goes 177, 182, 187 cm with the middle length having a 22.3 m turn radius. That turn radius is a little longer than we get in the MTi and the length options are also longer. 177 being the shortest length means this ski isn’t really designed for less aggressive skiers or those that want a super user-friendly carving ski.

Construction is different than the MTi too. First we get an Aspen Veneer wood core rather than the blend of maple and aspen in the MTi. This results in a denser wood core, helping to create a stronger and more powerful ski. Then we get twice as much metal as in the MTi. At least one of the sheets is still in K2’s I-Beam formula, but in talking to K2 directly, they’ve hinted to the fact that there are full sheets of metal in this thing too. I kind of like when a company doesn’t give us all the nitty gritty details. Sometimes it’s nice to know exactly what’s in a ski, but when Jed Yeiser (K2 lead engineer) tells me there’s a lot of metal in it, that’s basically all I need to know. We Dark Matter Damping and Powerwall too, elements that are found in most all Disruption skis. Dark Matter Damping uses a unique polymeric damper between two layers of carbon to help dissipate unwanted vibrations. Kind of like an internal UVO system like Volkl uses. Powerwall describes extra thick oversized ABS sidewalls that are laminated within the woodcore of the ski giving you more power and more direct application of that power right underfoot. On top of all these things, we get a Marker Piston Plate with an XComp 16 binding, unlike the system bindings found on other Disruption skis.

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So, what do all of these things add up to? Simply put, these skis absolutely rip. They’re all there. Line it up against a GS ski from another brand and the Disruption Ti2 keeps up without any issues. Quick edge to edge, unreal amounts of edge grip, and flex pattern that just begs you to ski it harder and harder and harder. Interestingly, K2 has also smoothed out this ski compared to some. I think the subtle differences in construction are huge here. It’s not quite the same as a World Cup race ski with 100% vertical sidewalls wrapping around the whole ski. There’s some beveling to the topsheet as it reaches the edge of the ski, which I think takes away some of the jarringly-stiffness that’s found on a lot of race skis. There’s a slight amount of rocker in the tip too, which definitely makes turn initiation smoother. Once you’re in a turn, however, there’s no holding back. Ski it as hard and as fast as you want and the ski will respond accordingly.

I’m going to talk more about my experience on this ski, but we put Bob on it this morning and I loved his reaction, so before we get further into my intentions for this ski, let’s hear from Bob: A few things stick out to me about this ski. For one, the additional metal in the I-Beam make the underfoot zone about as rock-solid and predictable as they come. The fact that they put a Marker Piston Plate on top of that, in addition to the Powerwall sidewall, make this one of the strongest skis in the boot zone that I've been on, and that includes legit race skis. The metal in the forebody and through the tail is still very stiff, but you can tell that it's only in the middle spine--it leaves the edges of the skis more approachable while still retaining a complete and total boss-like attitude everywhere else. It creates a javelin-style of feel to the ski, where you simply point the center line of the ski where you want to go and everything else follows. Another great aspect to this ski is the longer turn radius, especially when compared to the slew of ~15-meter arc skis that we see these days. The Ti2's 22.3 meter arc in the 182 allows the driver of the ski to dictate the shape and duration of the turn, so it relies heavily on the skier's input. The end result is that you can open it up and go straighter, or drive harder and tighten it up--it's all up to you, and that's where the fun really starts.

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I (Jeff) will be using the Ti2 as my Ski Bum Race League ski this year, and I’m really excited about that. Two years ago (last year as cancelled due to COVID), I raced on an MTi and I’m really excited to see whether I can shave some time off runs. We’ll have to wait and see, but I’m pretty confident I can just based on the precision and power the Ti2 achieves. I feel 100% confident to ski it as hard as I’m physically able to, which gives me a lot of confidence as I tip into a race course.

Now, with a ski like this, there’s somewhat of a pre-requisite in reference to skier ability level. I would not recommend this ski to an intermediate and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to a less-aggressive advanced skier either. K2 does a better job than most brands in developing skis within a single line to work for a huge range of skiers. An intermediate would be better off on a Disruption 78C or maybe a 78Ti. That less aggressive advanced skier would probably be better off on a Disruption MTi just because it comes across the fall line with less skier input. The same forgiveness and supple feel that Bob and I feel in this ski will, ultimately, be lost on an intermediate who would just be fighting the stiffness of the ski. The less aggressive skier wouldn’t give it enough power to flex it into different turns and would just be along for a 22.3 m ride.

How do we summarize this… It’s a race ski, but it’s not a race ski. It’s a race ski with a K2 attitude. It’s probably my most prized ski possession, which says a lot. Holding it in your hand, the ski screams quality, and I love the hand-written construction date and 37/50 product number on the tail of my ski. I will continue to ski it, likely for years and years to come, and I can confidently say it’s one of my favorite “race” skis that I’ve ever been on. I still love skiing things like the Thunderbird R15 WB that we reviewed a few weeks ago. To be honest, on most days, I’d rather be skiing something like that as it takes less energy to make it sing. For the days when I’m feeling strong and confident, however, the Disruption Ti2 is my go-to ski.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 01/27/22

8 thoughts on “2023 K2 Disruption Ti2 Ski Review

    1. Hi Josh!
      Turn radius is the biggest difference from a statistical standpoint. The Ti2 has a pretty long arc, so it works much better at straighter/higher speeds. You can certainly lay it over and generate some angles, but not quite as easily as the WRT ST. While I really like taking that Ti2 and ripping fast top to bottom runs on regular trails, I'd rather use the WRT ST in our local beer league races in order to better keep up with the gates. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks!

        Similar questions:

        Any thoughts on the Disruption vs the Stockli Laser GS? Biggest difference again the turning radius?

        1. HI Josh!
          Flex, too. The K2 is way stiffer than Laser GS. Longer radius and stiffer flex means it needs to be brought up to speed before you can really access the performance. Stockli can operate at a greater range of speeds because of the shorter arc and the slightly more flexible nature. Have fun!
          SE

    1. HI Alan!
      I don't have the exact figures, but it's longer for sure than the Deacon 76 Pro. While the Deacon shares a lot of construction traits with their real-deal race skis, the K2 kind of stands on its own as a high-performance carving ski. K2 does not have a race department to share specs or materials, so it's more of a ground-up ski than the Volkl, which is a detuned race ski.
      SE

  1. thanks for your comments . I wonder how the K2 ti2 will ski v. the Deacon 76 pro. I find the Deacon easy to turn, easy to hold an edge and carve. Some comments that the K2 ti2 is harder, and more tiring. the diff between 19.4 R and 22.3R doesn't seem like much. Is the Ti2 harder to bend into shorter turns than the Deacon??? Your thoughts.??

    1. HI Alan!
      It's a pretty interesting difference. The longer radius of the K2 brings the ski farther from the gates and closer to a trail ski. You can make easier swishy turns with the K2 and it's longer radius, while the Volkl will want to hook up and hold on when you're tightening up the radius.
      SE

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