The new Wayback 96 is a svelte touring ski that’s perfectly suited for running up volcanoes and then milking the turns on the way out. While the weight is competitive in its category, it’s a stand-out choice because it allows any skier to feel comfortable on a hairy descent. Unlike competing models with similar or even lighter weight specs, it does not ski like a plank of carbon fiber or a foam noodle. Rather, it’s a smooth, round flex that makes for predictable turns on ice, mank, slush, corn, and soft snow. I certainly noticed the quick tip engagement and medium-length turn radius in the ski. As long as I respected the character of the ski and did not try to draw out the turn, it was super poppy in and out of the carvy turns.
Versatile and lightweight, the Wayback 96 is the daily driver of the WXayback series. Tip and tail grommets quicken the transition from climbing to dedescending, and the all-terrain width allows for efficient skinning and performance descents. Equally at home on evening resort skin laps with the dog or technical couloirs with the crew, the Wayback is a do-it-all touring ski.
For anyone who is looking for a medium-radius touring ski capable of enjoying any condition, I would highly recommend this as a do-it-all option that will maximize spring turns as much as winter pow. If I were headed to Europe for a Haute Route or similar traverse, it would be hard to pass up the Wayback 96.The most impressive thing to me was the tip. The rocker profile is low and continuous so the ski never acts like a barge in mixed snow; rather it keeps its buoyancy without bashing into inconsistent variables
The K2 Wayback 96 is a reliable and solid choice for backcountry skiers. It rings in at a reasonable price, is easily available, and we feel it is well-designed for general purpose ski touring.
Length: 170-177-184 cm
177 cm: 128-96-118 mm / 21 m
Weight: 3.1 kg/per pair
SALE SIZES: 170, 177, 184. (Apr 15)