K2 bought their "Luv" line back with a splash two winters ago then made some tweaks to it for the 2016-17 season. The FulLUVit went from 98mm to 95mm underfoot and as far as we could tell there have been some changes to the core materials and more sidewall construction to stiffen it up and provide a tighter turn radius of 14M. Its price has also dropped this 17-18 season to $850, down from $900. The FulLuvit 95 is a fun ride that is super floaty in the powder, but not super stable on the hard pack. It has a tight turn radius that makes it fun to carve snappy turns on groomers and bumps, but if you get it up to high speeds, it gets to flopping and chattering.
K2 FulLUVit 95 Review
Cons: Expensive, floppy at speed
#8 of 10
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Our Analysis and Test Results
We love this ski's performance in the powder and soft snow. It provides a smooth, confidence-inspiring ride on big powder days and in the crud. Our testers barely had to think about this ski when in steep and challenging conditions; it is easy to control, nimble, and floaty. Its wide shovel and relatively fat 95mm waist kept us floating through the fresh and plowing through crud. Some of our testers find it unremarkable on-piste, saying it is nothing to write home about, but agree that it handles itself just fine, can hold an edge well, and is tons of fun when the groomers are soft.
Stability at Speed
These FulLUVits have a wide shovel, lots of rocker, and a soft wood core. This combination does not inspire confidence at speed. It is stable in varied and steep terrain and can rail into whatever variable conditions we throw at it. We can get up to decent speed with confidence. However, when it is on very hard snow or ice, it can start to chatter and flop, making us feel like we need to check our speed. We also experienced this phenomenon with the Atomic Vantage WMN 95 C that has significantly rockered tips as well. The rockered tip is quite soft and will flop disconcertingly on the groomers, but the full sidewall construction underfoot seemed to hold on pretty well. The Volkl Aura is the most stable ski we tested in all conditions.
K2 has tightened up the FulLuvit's carving performance by reducing its turn radius to 14M, and they definitely like to turn. We enjoyed their quickness and spriteliness. While carving and edge hold is not their forte, that's not to say they don't do well in these areas. They are just better at buttering and skimming through trees in a bit of fresh snow. They will rail a turn if you really stay on them, but if you let lose so will they. However, this makes them quick to release the old turn, springing you into the next one, and very fun in the right conditions.
The K2 has the shortest turn radius of our test group, so if you're looking for something snappy this could be it; they are followed by the Head Great Joys with a 15.3m turn radius. The Heads became our favorite carving ski, are super stable and have excellent edge hold. The FulLUVit has some camber and sidewall construction underfoot, which helps it in the stability and edge hold department. We can easily keep this ski on edge throughout our turn without much chattering.
This is where the K2s are in their element (where they're not so fulluvit). They float well and provide a beautiful cruisey ride in deeper snow. We love to make big sweeping turns in open powder fields but are not quite as impressed as with the Rossignol Soul 7 HD W in the super deep dumps we received last winter in Mammoth Lakes. Even though they have a slightly skinnier waist this year, the FulLuvit's fat shovels still cruised right through the powder. We have so much fun on powder days with these skis we forget they're there — you don't even need to think about them.
Our testers found that this ski does well in the crud, but wish it had a bit more chutzpah to rocket through the chunky stuff. The FulLUVit is nothing compared to the freight train of the Volkl Aura. They're a bit light and too wiggly to tell the crud who's boss the way the Volkl Auras do. One tester was a bit disappointed with the FulLUVit in the crud at first, and felt like the tips and tails wanted to cross — until she discovered that they just need to be skied with a bit wider stance, as most fat skis do.
It is a weird feeling to get used to when you're accustomed to the more old-school style of skiing where you want to keep your feet closer together, but modern fat skis require this wider, more aggressive stance. The Blizzard Black Pearl 98 likes to plow through the crud and are stiffer than the FulLUVits. However, the FulLuvits are light and frisky, and if they stay on top of the crud, they can be manipulated well.
This contender does well in variable conditions. They are forgiving and nimble in steep, variable terrain and because they are wide enough underfoot to rise above breakable crust. The tapered tail allows more control as you exit the turn to either accelerate out or scrub speed as the conditions dictate. The Rossignol Soul 7 HD W have a similar tapered tail shape that makes it a fun and versatile ski as well. We love these K2s on anything soft like slush and corn and just love to cruise smoothly through it all.
We have a lot of fun on this ski, and think it is one of the more playful of the bunch, especially with its tighter turn radius. We love booty wiggling down through the powder and it is the first ski we reach for when the snow will be soft. The Rossignol Soul 7s are another booty wiggling ski, as are the Elan Ripstick 94 W and both exceed in powdery soft conditions. The FulLuvit's lively graphics make it feel extra playful, and look like the northern lights. Because we feel so confident skiing it in most conditions, it's like a steadfast adventure partner you call on when you're ready to get after it.
Bumps Skiing Performance
The slimmed down waist and tighter turn radius make this a more logical choice for the bumps than its predecessor. However, none of the skis in this review are made for mogul skiing. If you consider bumps something you have to get through to get to the rest of the mountain, the FulLUVit's will do the trick. They are relatively soft so can absorb the cruddy bumps, and we did have fun making turns in soft chalky bumps. Our favorite ski of the bunch in moguls was the Elan Ripstick.
The K2 FulLUVit 95 is a great one-ski-quiver for a gal who wants to shred 60 percent off-piste and 40 percent on-piste, especially if she want something that can handle a West Coast powder day, but also enjoy making tight fun turns on groomed runs. They are super maneuverable and have great float and would be a good choice for an intermediate skier looking to venture off trail more.
The only update we don't like to the FulLuvit is the hefty price at $850. This makes it the most expensive ski in our review. Unfortunately we would rather spend $600 on the Ripstick for a ski that gave us a far more stable and pleasurable ride. For a more advanced skier we'd recommend the Head Great Joy ($750) or the Rossignol Soul 7 HD W ($750).
Our testers agree that the FulLUVit 95 is a fun ski that is easy to control and loves to float. We really think it should just go hang out in the powder all day. Its medium-fat waist and wide tip give it great performance in chop, powder, and variable conditions, but requires a more aggressive stance. The slimmed down waist has improved its carving and bumps performance, making it a more all-around ski, but it still lacks the stability to push it hard in firm conditions and steeps. One of our testers affectionately called this ski the "FU I Love it!"
K2 re-released their "LUV" line last year with a whole range of skis that have all had a few millimeters shaved off their waists. If you're looking for a floaty powder ski, check out the LUV boat, a fat 105mm underfoot. If you're looking for skinnier, more on-piste and intermediate skier oriented skis, K2 has the OoolaLUV 85ti, LUV sick 80ti, LUV struck 80, BeLUVed 78ti, LUVit 76, LUV 75, LUV Machine 74ti skis and the new AllLuvit 88. That's a whole lotta LUV!
The men's version of the LUV line is the Pinnacle series. We tested the K2 Pinnacle 95.
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