K2 Luv Sick 80ti ski review, 2017/2018 women's Frontside Category, from our equipment experts at Realskiers.com powered by Masterfit.

In the world of ski marketing, Titanal gets all the attention, but its fiberglass that does most of the work. K2’s Triaxial braided core is one of the last true torsion box constructions where the wood core is wrapped in a fiberglass web. When this glass sock is flexed, it stores energy the skis can’t wait to release the instant the pressure is off. It's this rebound characteristic that makes short-radius turning preferred by the Luv Sick 80ti almost automatic as the ski gives back the energy put into it. The single sheet of Titanal inside surely helps give K2's Luv Sick 80ti its bite, but the ski's effervescent bounce is a product of bending its fiberglass-braided box. With glass doing the heavy lifting, the ski's twin-wood core (Aspen underfoot, Paulownia at both ends) doesn’t need to be uniformly solid, so K2 eliminates excess weight by cutting a series of channels into it. Skylar Sava praised the Luv Sick 80ti for its “stability at faster speeds,” and called it “perfect for the woman who shreds long, fast runs all day.”

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