Expert Review: K2 Disruption 78Ti Skis + MXC 12 TCX Light Quikclik Bindings · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
The K2 Disruption 78Ti skis are an epic hard-charging carver. They can carve all day, as long as one’s legs can handle it. These are made for an advanced skier to an expert-level skier. These skis aren’t super stiff, but they are made to carve and be on edge.
About the gear
- Model: 2022 K2 Disruption 78Ti Skis
- Size: 184cm
- Height: 6’0’’
- Weight: 175lbs
- Experience: 26 years skiing and 16 years ski racing
- When I bought these: November 2021
- Days tested: 15+
- Mount position: Already set from binding; factory recommended.
- Boots: 2021 Salomon S/Race 130
- Boot Size: 26.5
- Bindings: 2022 MXC 12 TCx Light Quikclik Bindings
- Where I’ve used it: Mt. Bachelor
- Terrain: Ice/hard groomer and soft groomer.
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for a new carving ski that could make me feel like a ski racer again. K2 is known for freeride skiing and big mountain. These new carvers were a great new breath of fresh air. I wanted a skinner profile underfoot and a nice large shovel on the front of the ski. I also wanted a ski that was not too stiff that I had to be on top of the ski the entire time I skied. Additionally, I wanted something snappy and playful and not too stiff.
Why I chose this gear
I was looking for an awesome, high-performing, true carving ski that could handle hard, soft, and mixed snow groomers while still having fun and not using too much energy to move the ski. It has a skinny underfoot and a nice shovel at the tip of the ski to maximize ease of turn. I looked at some other carving ski options, like the Rossignol Experience 78 and the Kastle FX 80, which are great carving skis too, but I liked the look and the feel of the K2s.
What I love about them
- Speed: The speed on the new Disruption 78s is incredible. The Speed Rocker profile, which has a short and low rise tip and good camber throughout the ski, makes the skis fast on edge and off edge.
- Edge hold: Great shape to the ski with good hips and shape, allowing the skis to carve super well. With a sharp edge, these skis can really dig into the snow, hold well, and turn well.
- Turns: Turning on these skis is unreal. The ease of turn is great, the intensity of the turn is great, and the ski can also relax if I’m not on it the whole time. In addition, the carbon braid technology in the ski construction allows the ski to be damp and absorbent from bumps while turning, all while the ski can move and carve on track really well.
- Groomers: Skiers can lay these skis down to make some fantastic train tracks. These carve so well and are built for carving the groomer.
- Durability: The topsheet and base have kept up nicely after a few days of ripping these skis on the groomed runs. With a lot of groomer skiing, I don’t find my ski-to-ski contact to be as high as when I am skiing all-mountain with bigger skis, so these have held up really nicely.
- Stability: The Distruption series from K2 have done a great job of creating a ski that rides really smoothly as I cruise the chattery groomer. The core construction of the ski is wood, with added carbon braid to help dampen any vibrations and chatter, which helps me keep skiing like it’s smooth sailing.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder: Not quite wide enough to ski any soft snow, but this ski is built to carve. Being 78mm underfoot, these skis have great edge-to-edge turnover but are not ideal for soft snow or powder skiing.
- Versatility: These skis were engineered for carving groomers, which they succeed at, but don’t give a customer a large range of versatility when it comes to skiing all over.
Favorite moment with this gear
I went skiing on some firm-packed groomers. I had chosen to ski on the K2 Disruption 78Ti, which was a great choice. These skis could carve. Lay it on edge and see how far they will go. These skis could rip. I felt like a ski racer again. I felt confident and powerful in the turn without having to use that much energy.
Value for the money vs. other options
For an excellent carving ski that comes with great bindings, one can’t go wrong with the K2 Disruption 78Ti. These awesome, lightweight carvers can help a skier find that fun groove again. Considering these skis are brand new technology from K2 and include bindings, these are well priced. For some other options, one can consider the Rossignol Experience 78 and the Fisher RC 78. Both are great carving skis, but I think the K2 Disruptions are more fun.
If someone wants a super fun, super engaging carving ski, the K2 Disruption 78 Ti is the ski for them. This ski can bend and arc like nothing one has skied. It can crush the first hard groomers of the day to the afternoon chop.