Skimo Co

K2 Wayback 98 Ski


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The Wayback 98 inhabits a rare space at Skimo Co. That is, it is a ski that almost all of our staff can agree on, no matter what “flavor” of skier they are. Looking at the specs, it's not hard to see why. With a versatile 98mm waist width, the Wayback 98 is equally at home in mid-winter powder as it is harvesting corn during the Spring. The long tip and tail rocker helps the Wayback 98 float to the top in deep snow and also lends itself to maneuverability, allowing you to wiggle through tight places with poise and dignity. The long sidecut is predictable, meaning the ski won’t feel “hooky” in variable snow conditions or sketchy exits. The Wayback 98 also features K2’s Ti Spyne, which adds a high level of dampness to the ski as well as helps with binding retention. The Wayback 98 is predictable, maneuverable, and just downright fun. We quite like it, and are sure you will too.

  • Ti Spyne insert helps dampen out variable snow and increases binding retention.
  • Carbon Overdrive integrates carbon into the layup of the ski, making it light, responsive, and fun.
  • Snophobic Topsheet is resilient to the build-up of snow on the top sheet, meaning your light skis stay light.
  • All-Terrain Rocker is long in the tip and tail, helping with flotation and maneuverability in tight places.
  • An all-around ski that is just downright pleasant to be on.
Lengths (cm) 165, 172, 179, 186
convert to ounces
1240g [165]
1295g [172]
1360g [179]
Weight (pair) 2480g [165]
2590g [172]
2720g [179]
Dimensions   126-98-114
Turn Radius   22.1 [179]
Skin Fix   Z-Clip tip and tail holes, flat notched tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   All-terrain rocker, camber underfoot
Shape   Square-ish, tapered tip and friendly, medium radius
Construction   Titanal Ti-Spyne laminate with abs sidewall construction, full metal edges
Core   Paulownia
Skimo Co Says
Usage Powder, corn, and everything in between
Notes Long tip and tail rocker makes the ski intuitive in variable terrain
Bottom Line Great ski for a great price
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Questions & Reviews

Tjaard B (used product a few times)
These skis have been great for me. First of all, they are good in a variety of snow types. Not the absolute best edge hold on steep icy terrain, but not bad, and predictable, thanks to the shallow side cut and stiffness. Similarly, although they are not fat powder boards, they do quite well in deep snow, thanks to a long rocker in tip and tail, and some taper too.
Unlike the Backland 100 that I replaced with these, these are much more forgiving if I make a mistake and end up back seat.

Du to their fairly low weight and tapered shape, they are not good at plowing through rough snow.

Definitely would recommend as a quiver of one, or, like me the allround option in a larger quiver, even for a skier with bad technique like me. For the size, they are fairly light, and the width is a nice middle of the road option too.

I can not comment on high speed skiing with them, but at slow speeds they carve smoothly on firm snow, and are forgiving and easy to ski in powder, even breakable crust I felt like I had a fighting chance.

I am 6’5”, 175lbs (plus kit), and have the 186 cm size.
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Question from Jim
Hey guys! What ski would you recommend for someone who resembles goofy going down the mountain? Short of working on my form (probably never going to improve at this point), whats the best all around ski for skiing in really shitty conditions for someone who is really a terrible skier?

I'm always bumping my way down icy, bumpy mtn sides long after everyone else enjoyed the powder. I've currently got some bd helio carbon 88s that seem to work ok, but lately I've been thinking I need a little bit more ski under my foot. I love my helios on the uphill, but whats gonna help me look a little less out of control on the downhill (again, short of actually just becoming a better skier...)

I've been looking at these K2s for quite awhile. Will the extra weight of the skis and width help me feel a little more in control in comparison to my helio carbon 88s? Or is that not how it works at all? Should I be looking at a completely different ski? I'm 5'8" and 165lbs. Thanks!
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Jim,

A beefier, slightly wider ski will help in variable conditions - it will mute out some of the vibrations and imperfections in the snow a little better. However, I'm not sure this particular ski is your best bet if you want something forgiving. The Wayback is pretty stiff. I would look at the Salomon MTN Carbon 96for a touring ski that is still light on the uphill, but forgiving and damp on the downhill. It's a very nicely balanced all-around touring ski.
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Question from Thomas Binder
How do these ski's perform on steep tight technical terrain with harder snow like a couloir?
Answer from Emmett I

In general these will be well suited to steep skiing. They're stiff, and while the tips are fairly early rise, the rocker is mostly subtle. That said, they won't have the same edge hold as a ski with a longer effective edge like the Blizzard Zero G. Feel free to shoot us an email at and we can get you more personalized suggestions!
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Question from Lubo

how do you compare them to the Atomic backland 95. I am deciding between the two. I am 185 cm and 85 kg and I ski in every terrain, including the resort 80%/20%. I ski on the aggressive side and plan to pair them with the ATK raider 13evo. So far I've skied Black crows orb freebird but I didn't like them very much. Those skis felt soft to me and vibrated on a hard surface. K2 have a TI plate under the binding, is it an important detail? What length of ski would you recommend? Thank you for your advice
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Lubo,

Both the Backland and the Wayback will be stronger and damper skis than the Orb. The  current Backland 95 received a significant refresh which made it a bit stiffer and more rockered than the previous ski. It is slightly stiffer to hand-flex than the K2, but both are pretty strong.

The biggest difference in skiing them I think will be the camber and turning radius. The Atomic is more cambered and has a tighter radius. It will want to make tighter turns when you put it on edge, and will provide more energy out of the turn when you push into it. The K2 will be happy making longer turns, and will have a more consistent and damp feel (rather than energetic) when pushed.

As for the titanal used in the Wayback 98, it extends a little past the bindings and should help with dampening as well as binding retention. It isn't uncommon for skis to have titanal reinforcement around the bindings, but this is a bit more than just a binding plate.
Answer from Lubo O
Hi Carlos,

Thank you for your response. I really appreciated it. As for binging retention, will it be equally strong in both skis or does the K2 have an advantage? I'm a bit leaning towards the new Backland (more playful and maybe better application in the resort), but I feel safer to have the titanal under the binding. Should titanal be decisive?
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Lubo,

If you are leaning towards the Backland, I would go with it! Binding pull-out is very rare with alpine touring bindings if the bindings are installed correctly, and the Backland is a sturdy ski. I would not hesitate to go with the Backland if it sounds like the more exciting ski for you!
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