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K2 Konic 78 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB
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Best Accessibility/Performance!

PROSKILAB™ reviewers comments

K2 regularly treats the reviewers to skis that offer a well-balanced compromise, with a clever combination of access, comfort and performance. The Konic 78 is just such a tool and was judged one of the best skis in this category. We're looking for user-friendly skis for technically weak riders, but that also offer good potential for progress, helping riders to develop more technical turns, especially carving.

The ski is remarkably accessible. In the reviewers' words, the ski is "simple to get to grips with" and you “immediately feel good." Rotation and turn initiation are easy and intuitive. Behaviour is consistent and predictable in all situations.

Skid turns are enjoyable and consistent as long as you don't lean too far and/or you're positioned slightly back, as the ski tail tends to grip, great for slicing clean turns.

Carving initiation is certainly very easy... According to the reviewers, you just need to bend slightly forward to effortlessly get the ski into a carve ("you lean forward and it carves"). The ski flexes and slides through the turn with unerring ease.

Like the Speed Zone 7, the Konic 78 clearly meets the PROSKILAB guidelines for this category by its user-friendliness and its potential to help riders progress to carving. It's a bit more technical than the Dynastar though, especially in skid turns.

It's an excellent choice for relatively good riders who enjoy parallel and skid turns and also want to move on to carving.

Review: Pros

  • Rotation, turn initiation
  • Consistent and adaptable behavior
  • Stability
  • Happy in long turns
  • Easy carve turn initiation

Review: Cons

  • Not quite so happy in short turns
  • Tail could hamper skid turns if you're not well positioned

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
15.8
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
17.5
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
17.5
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
18.0
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
15.5
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
17.5
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.5
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
17.5
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
16.3
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
16.3

Who's it for?

Basic → Intermediate+

Manufacturer's remarks

As you get better, you need to change your gear to match your new skills. The Konic 78 uses the K2 Konic technology to maximize the ski's stability and maneuverability, making it a high performer on the groomed runs, in bumps and in the crud so you can slalom between the trees right across the whole resort. We offer the Konic 48 with Marker M3 10 bindings for a package that will help you continue to hone your technique.


Features of the Konic 78

Brand : K2
Model : Konic 78
Year : 2019
Family : Easy Cruisers
Size tested : 170 cm
Tip size : 119 mm
Waist size : 78 mm
Tail size : 108 mm

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