K2 Disruption 82 TI + MXC 12 Skis 2021
The K2 Disruption with MXC 12 bindings perfect for strong New England Skiers. Race carving feel that will smear just a bit when you need to scrub a little speed. Excellent on hard snow and icy. Very damp!
What K2 says about the Disruption 82Ti
“Equipped and ready to be ripped with Dark Matter Damping and the Titanal I-Beam, the K2 Disruption 82Ti is the all-mountain freak that’s set to blast. With a big shovel nose and versatile waist, the 82Ti can roll up on edge and spark arcs like you never thought possible.”
Not much to say here other than that K2 is not describing the Disruption 82Ti as a pure on-piste ski. It’s supposed to be an all-mountain ski, something we found to be true with the old K2 Ikonic 84 & Ikonic 84 Ti that the Disruption 82Ti effectively replaces, so let’s see how those skis compare on paper.
This is one of the most obvious areas of differentiation with the new Disruption skis. All of them feature wood cores (Aspen in most, with an Aspen / Maple core in the Disruption MTi) and most feature a strip of titanal while there are a few Disruption skis that feature carbon fiber in place of metal.
But the big curveball is what K2 is calling “Dark Matter Damping” or “DMD.” According to K2, DMD is “a process in where we sandwich a polymeric damper between two layers of high modulus carbon, and strategically place it along the ski edge.” For reference, the DMD inserts are the little black squares you can see near the edges at the shovel and tail of the Disruption 82 Ti.
Talking to K2’s designer, Jed Yeiser, he explained that the idea behind DMD is that it “increases damping coefficients at higher frequencies” while the titanal layer in the ski “increases damping coefficients most at lower frequencies.” In other words, by using both a non-edge-to-edge strip of titanal and DMD, K2 is able to dampen across a broader range of frequencies. The end result being that the ski is more damp throughout the entirety of the turn and in various conditions, making for better edge hold (since the ski is less prone to getting knocked off the snow due to vibrations) and a smoother overall ride.