Wayback 106

K2’s Wayback 106 is one of the lightest skis in its category. It’s probably one of the more practical backcountry options currently on the market. It’s a medium-width ski with an eye-catching low weight and reasonable performance when the snow isn’t too crazy. It’s easy and intuitive to ride and is catered more toward people who favor intermediate missions on consistent terrain.

Despite its low weight, it still has a fair amount of stiffness in the tail. You can tip it on edge and get a reliable result in pretty much any conditions. That being said, the Wayback doesn’t handle chopped up or blocky snow very well. If you find yourself in a debris field or switching rapidly from slab to drift, it can feel pretty sketchy. 

The Wayback is for someone who’s not exactly sure what they’re looking for in a backcountry setup. It’s lightweight and does just about everything well enough to justify taking it out for a spin, regardless of the weather. There are several other versions of the Wayback with a little less width for those who are more prone to skiing corn than powder.

Our Overall Review

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

3.9

Things we like:

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    A lightweight touring ski that can still make fun powder turns
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    Dependable downhill performance despite the weight

Things we don't like:

  • check-markOther touring skis will be better when conditions aren't soft and deep
  • check-markCan't charge downhill like a heavier ski could

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Specs & Features

  • All-Mountain Rocker
  • "TI Spyne" gives the ski more edge stability
  • Carbon fiber construction saves on weight
  • Hydrophobic Topsheet
  • 172cm, 179cm, 186cm variations
See the complete list of the best K2 Skis here!

Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

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

3.9

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    A lightweight touring ski that can still make fun powder turns
  • check-mark
    Dependable downhill performance despite the weight

Things we don't like:

  • check-markOther touring skis will be better when conditions aren't soft and deep
  • check-markCan't charge downhill like a heavier ski could

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