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K2 FulLUVit 95 Review

A decent all-mountain ski that is super fun in the powder.
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Price:  $650 List | $355.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Light weight, nimble and turny, great float in powder
Cons:  Expensive, floppy at speed
Manufacturer:   K2
By Jessica Haist & Renee McCormack  ⋅  Jan 24, 2018
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RANKED
#9 of 11
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 6
  • Carving - 20% 5
  • Crud - 20% 7
  • Powder - 20% 8
  • Playfulness - 15% 7
  • Bumps - 5% 7

Our Verdict

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 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 also dropped significantly for the '18-'19 season to $650, down from $900 when we first skied it in 2016. The FulLuvit 95 is a fun ride that is super floaty in the powder, but not very 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.

Ski Updates

The Fulluvit 95 is now called the Fulluvit 95 Ti, denoting that the ski has a titanal laminate. The price has dropped way down to $650 (woohoo!), and the topsheet is all new for this ski season. See the current version pictured in the photo above.

December 2018


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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.

Performance Comparison


The FulLuvit 95s are great to cruise through any soft snow and have a tight snappy turn radius.
The FulLuvit 95s are great to cruise through any soft snow and have a tight snappy turn radius.

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 speeds 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 Black Crows Camox Birdie 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 Kastle FX 95 HP is the most stable ski we tested in all conditions at any speed.

The FulLuvits are not particularly stable and will start to chatter on the hard pack.
The FulLuvits are not particularly stable and will start to chatter on the hard pack.

Carving Performance


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 sprightliness. 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.

We enjoy carving turns on the groomers with the FulLuvits.
We enjoy carving turns on the groomers with the FulLuvits.

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.

Powder Performance


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 aren't quite as impressed as with the Rossignol Soul 7 HD in the super deep dumps we received during La Nina 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.

The tight turn radius helps you swivel around  making tight turns in deep powder.
The tight turn radius helps you swivel around, making tight turns in deep powder.

Crud Performance


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 Kastle FX95 HP. They're a bit light and too wiggly to tell the crud who's boss the way the Kastles 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.

The FulLuvits take some time to get used to in the crud and will not plow through  but if you can keep them on top they provide a springy ride.
The FulLuvits take some time to get used to in the crud and will not plow through, but if you can keep them on top they provide a springy ride.

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.

The FulLuvit 95 have lots of rocker for great float.
The FulLuvit 95 have lots of rocker for great float.

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.

Playfulness


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 7 are another booty wiggling ski, as is the Elan Ripstick 94. 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.

The FulLuvit's tail shape allows you to scrub speed when you get going too fast.
The FulLuvit's tail shape allows you to scrub speed when you get going too fast.

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 FulLuvit's performance in the bumps has improved this year with its tighter turn radius.
The FulLuvit's performance in the bumps has improved this year with its tighter turn radius.

Best Application


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. It's also great if you want a ski 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 FulLuvit 95 will take you all over the mountain.
The FulLuvit 95 will take you all over the mountain.

Value


Once retailing for $900, K2 has dropped the price down to a much more reasonable $650. For even less, we found that the $600 Ripstick gave us a far more stable and pleasurable ride. For a more advanced skier we'd recommend the Head Great Joy or the Rossignol Soul 7 HD W.

Conclusion


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 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!"


Jessica Haist & Renee McCormack