The 2021 K2 Poacher, a park ski. A review of K2's premium park ski, plus weight and full specs.
Predictably, the K2 Poacher absolutely rip on groomers, at least compared to the midfat soft skis I usually ride day to day, they are nice and torsionally stiff too which helps them hold a decent edge, even detuned. And they are nice and stable on jumps too. These are characteristics to be expected of a stiffer park ski and that's where my enjoyment of stiffer skis usually ends.
The profile is a low camber and significant rocker length makes these happy enough to swivel and smear turns. It also makes them butterable, I don't have much problem getting them to flex or holding them in that flexed position despite being what most park skiers at least, would consider a stiff ski. The flex is nice and damp, which means they aren't all that poppy but they are very predictable and that's a tradeoff I prefer.
For one thing they are fairly heavy at over 2,000g per ski in a 176. You can actually feel that difference in the air, in that they don't whip round as quickly or easily as the competition. Now this is a typical K2 ski 'issue' which is more of a sacrifice they seem to consciously make for durability. Personally, I like to feel the skis on my feet so I don't find this a big issue, especially given that the Poacher is narrower than what I usually ski. Technical tricks have never been my priority, so this isn't an issue for me but if it is the direction you want to go with your skiing, you might benefit from a lighter ski. But then you probably wouldn't want a 96mm waist anyway.
Sizes: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm
Dimensions: 124 / 96 / 118 mm
Radius: 19M - 184
Weight: 2152g /ski - 184
The K2 Poacher is staple in the parks and beyond – this twin-tipped freak is strapped to the feet of Olympic Gold Medalists and the gnarliest street skiers alike. With a stout flex and Carbon Boost Braid, these greasy whips mean business. So whether you’re looking to send cat-track airs or step up to heady street spots, the Poacher offers the platform you need to push your limits with confidence.