The K2 Wayback 104 has been a staple for many dedicated skiers over the years, albeit previously named the Coomback, so we knew we had to include it in our review. While there were certainly lighter and trendier models available, this one earned its classic status for a reason. As a heavier ski, we found it to be a great bridge to the backcountry for those accustomed to beefy resort skis. The downhill performance was strong and familiar. Paired with light boots, bindings, and skins, the weight penalty was basically absorbed. We found these to be great first backcountry skis for the skeptical resort rider.
This ski got a substantial overhaul, with a new name and some tweaks to construction. All purchase links will direct you to the Wayback 104, as the Coomback is no longer available. The new version is pictured above and a list of the changes are outlined below.