K2 BackDrop Skis Win Outside Magazine’s 2013 Gear of the Year Award

K2 BackDrop Skis Win Outside Magazine’s 2013 Gear of the Year Award.

Seattle, Wash. – (Oct. 11, 2012) – Hitting newsstands nationwide this month, the 2013 Winter Buyer’s Guide by Outside Magazine awards the new 2012/13 K2 BackDrop skis with Gear of the Year honors in the backcountry ski category.

Outside describes the design and purpose of the BackDrop best. “K2 has refined its proven recipe for a powder ski- a perfect blend of rocker and sidecut combined with a bit of carbon fiber- with fantastic results. It’s also light enough to tour with, thanks to that lattice of carbon in the tail and forebody. The result is a go-anywhere, shred-anything ski that craves powder but can handle resort chop without complaint.”

Finding it’s home in K2’s BackSide collection, the BackDrop is intelligently designed with a superlight construction for optimal uphill efficiency combined with an impressive 112mm footprint for maximum float and versatile downhill performance.The result is a ski equally at home touring in the backcountry or making laps at the resort. Other features include K2’s SnoPhobic snow-repelling topsheet to further reduce weight on the ascent and All-Terrain Rocker technology paired with a powder-specific tip for stability in variable conditions.

“Catlike quickness, and it floats like a cork,” one Outside Magazine tester said. “Requires minimal skier input to smear, slash, or rail any turn.”

“The easiest thing to say about the Backdrop,” says Buyer’s Guide Editor Sam Moulton, “is that it's just right. They're extremely fun in soft snow, light enough for all-day tours, but with enough guts to ski hard inbounds. If you're looking for one ski to do it all on both sides of the rope, the Backdrop just might be it.”

The BackDrop received a 4.5 out of 5 for versatility and a 4 out of 5 for power in Outside’s review. It was also recognized for being compatible with just about any binding, which is not the case with other skis in this market. Furthermore, the option of pre-trimmed climbing skins for $200 was noted as an added bonus for quickly and easily affixing into the BackDrop’s tip and tail holes.

“Winning Outside’s Gear of the Year in the backcountry category is beyond a privilege,” said K2’s Mike Gutt. “We have stayed true to this fast-growing backcountry-focused market since the late 90’s, when it became a dedicated category for K2.This award validates K2’s approach to innovating backcountry products for the emerging needs of this category.”

To learn more K2’s 2012/13 collection, check out: http://k2skis.com/skis.

About Outside Magazine:

Outside is America’s leading active lifestyle magazine with 2.5 million readers per month. For more than 30 years, the magazine’s mission has been to inspire active participation through award-winning coverage of travel, sports, adventure, health & fitness, gear & apparel, personalities, the environment, and the style & culture of the world Outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outsideis the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online athttp://www.outsideonline.com.

About K2 Skis:
K2 is celebrating 50 years of serious fun. Founded in 1962, K2 Ski has been on the cutting edge of industry-leading innovations and advancements for a half-century including fiberglass technology, high performance shaped ski technology, women’s specific ski technology, twin tip design and now K2’s BASELINE profiles that combine camber with varying amounts of rocker. These technologies are carrying the sport into the future by making skiing easier and more fun for everyone from the first-timers to seasoned pros. For more information on K2’s latest ski products, dealers and team activities, visit K2skis.com.