Hell Bent Skis
This is the rockered ski of choice for K2`s factory team riders on the deepest powder days. Tested and fine tuned this ski has been refined over the past several seasons into a vertical and powder devouring, switch landing monster twin tip. Outside the powder versatility is maintained by sidecut and a non-rockered section under foot so you`ll be ripping back to the lift, sled or helicopter just as easily as in the steep pow. Treat yourself to a pair of Hell Bents for some hell bent days on the hill!
Vertical ABS Sidewall Construction
- All Mountain Rockered Twin Tip Performance
- Vertical ABS Sidewall Construction
- 20/40 Rocker
- Triaxial Braiding
- Tip Plates and Tail Rivets
- Fir Core
Unlike cap construction, the contents of a sidewall ski are protec ted and sealed in by a vertical material on the perimeter of the ski that is separate and distinct from the top and base material. The sidewall material is placed directly above the edge for additional reinforcement and support. This type of construction tends to have a more precise transmission of power due to the vertical nature of the construction process.
Rocker design in a ski facilitates the skis ability to elevate and plane to the surface. This results in easier skiing when in deep snow and makes landing in powder easier both forward and switch.
This design is influenced by the surf industry, but functionally the wake world opened our eyes in making objects float bi-directionally. We incorporate various amounts of Rocker in our factory skis based on the conditions the skis are designed to handle. More Rocker in a ski offers better flotation with a surfy and forgiving feel. Less Rocker in a ski provides a more traditional feel on firmer snow while still receiving the benefit of flotation in softer snow. We quantify Rocker based on three specific characteristics.
- The region or regions of the ski where Rocker is located: tip and tail, or only tip.
- The height (measured in millimeters) off the snow when the ski is on a flat surface.
- The effective length (measured in centimeters) of the traditional running surface that isn`t in contact with the snow while the ski is on a flat surface.
Triaxial Braiding was developed by K2 in 1988 and is still the best way to apply fiberglass to a wood core. This process consists of sending a milled wood core through the patented Triaxial Braiding machine, where interlocking strands of fiberglass wrap the core. This unique method produces skis that have a great deal of torsional or twist rigidity and strength, while maintaining the lively innate flex characteristics of its wood core.
Tip Plates and Tail Rivets
K2 introduced tip and tail rivets nearly 6 years ago on the Factory Series skis. The rivets were functionally developed for additional protection to add reinforcement in the tip and tail of the ski. Although function is still the primary purpose, K2 has evolved the rivets into plates that still reinforce the ski while giving it a unique aesthetic.
All of K2`s adult models use wood cores. In our men`s models we generally use fir and aspen for their inherent strength, durability and energy. T:Nine skis use a combination of fir and spruce in a unique Bioflex core process. Spruce is used as a lighter weight alternative to solid fir. The 08/09 women`s Bioflex core also introduces a bamboo stringer for additional strength without adding additional weight to the ski.
|Hell Bent Geometry
||12mm Standard Taper