It’s hard to know where to start with the K2 Mindbender ski series, so we figured we should start out fun with the playful powder option. But don’t be fooled, the entire Mindbender line takes a freeride-oriented approach to their respective specialties, and the 116C is more than just a powder ski. 

It has a very standard all-mountain rocker/camber profile. The 116 waist is generous enough to give you some float, but not so much that you can’t take these out when conditions are variable. You might have to do a bit of feathering on bulletproof mornings, but they’ll be fun to ride again by the time things soften up in the sun. 

The most fascinating thing about this ski is the “Spectral Braid.” Besides having an admittedly cool name, it’s a means of adding some intentional stiffness or play to the ski without throwing in the weight of a metal sheet. That means that the 116 Cs are uncommonly floaty and light for a powder ski with a comparatively modest waist width. 

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.1

Reasons to buy:

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    Lightweight, powerful, and fun ski
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    A wide waisted powder ski that can still ride the whole mountain
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    One of our favorite topsheets of the year

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markIt's not as stable as other all-mountain options out there
  • check-markIt can ride hard, but you'll be limited by snow conditions in some way

Where to buy:

Specs & Features

  • Long powder rocker for unmatched float and a surfy feel
  • Carbon "Spectral Braid" for stability and maneuverability
  • Additional carbon stringers along the top to add pop and play
  • 179cm, 186cm, 193cm variations
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.1

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Lightweight, powerful, and fun ski
  • check-mark
    A wide waisted powder ski that can still ride the whole mountain
  • check-mark
    One of our favorite topsheets of the year

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markIt's not as stable as other all-mountain options out there
  • check-markIt can ride hard, but you'll be limited by snow conditions in some way

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