The Marksman features a unique shape, with asymmetric tips/tails as well as sidecut. The inside edge-cut is taken from the Pettitor, while the outside is borrowed from the very different Pinacle series. It effectively replaces both the Shreditor 102 and 112. So how do they ski?
These were perhaps the most in demand skis at the test I skied them at, so I only got a handful of laps but several things became very clear in that time. The most obvious is these are a definite departure from the Shreditor line. They are fairly solid underfoot and only soften in the rockered section, further towards the extremities than the Shreds. As a result of that and the combo sidecut, these are a much more serious proposition on harder snow, and track far better in crud etc. The tradeoff is they didn't seem nearly as playful/fun as the older skis, though perhaps a more forward mounting point and a bit of breaking in would help remedy that.
My overall impression from the few runs was that K2 have created a ski that is more versatile on the mountain, carves better and skis unpredictable snow more consistently than its predecessors. But I probably wouldn't want to take it in the park or jib, which is what I actually did most of the time on my Shreds.
Oh and I did try skiing them the wrong way round and the one word summary is: don't. The tips are super hooky backwards and the sidecuts feel horrible reversed.