“This is one of the most versatile in the category,” says Stoeger. “This is your choice if you're looking for good float, maneuverability around trees, soft bump performance and decent edge grip for groomers.” New for 2013/2014, the Annex 98 has a metal construction—with Titanal and fiberglass above and below the aspen, paulownia and maple blend wood core. K2’s Hybritech Sidewalls combine sidewalls underfoot with a lightweight cap construction in the tip and tail designed for stability. The rockered tip has a tapered design for floatation and reduction of tip chatter, but according to Dittmar, “the tip can get squirrelly at high speeds. Otherwise, for a 98-millimeter waist, it’s a rock solid carver and a go-anywhere ski.” K2's Powder tip is skin compatible for uphill travel.