K2 Pinnacle Pro

Model Year
2016-17
Category
All-Mountain Walk
Last Width
100mm
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$750.00USD

The Gist

The next evolution of the Pinnacle, K2 revises its perennial winner in the On-Off Area category. New this year is a lightweight Pebax plastic construction and a real 4th buckle at cuff top. These changes are successfully integrated into a boot that was already a top edge power scorer. The Pinnacle Pro will appeal to hard-charging area skiers who actually plan to do some skinning.

Fit

It’s a medium that sits on the snug side of the group, testers said. It’s especially compressive at the instep, ankles and navicular bone. The toebox offers quite a bit of breathing width.

Peak pressure points relaxed for most testers after full molding of the Precision Fit Tour Light Intuition liner. The upper cuff wrapped the lower leg well and was nicely padded along the shin. Some testers noticed a bit of spongy "free play" at the beginning of the flex range.

Performance

The entire Pinnacle family skis well and the Pinnacle Pro is no exception. It’s surprisingly strong on edge given its lightweight Pebax construction, testers said. They hammered the Pinnacle Pro everywhere they go at Solitude and couldn't ever push it to edge grip failure. It was a deep trencher through crud and crust. A few of our bigger, heavier testers thought that the flex felt softer than 130 and that it maxed out under heavy load. 

Cool Features

Testers continue to validate the Synchro Interlock hike mechanism design. It’s easy is to use and has a huge range of motion. It’s smooth both forward and backward making for efficient skinning and hiking. Rockered Vibram soles are a newly-available option this year. The toe and heel lugs have integrated tech fittings making the boot compatible with both alpine and tech bindings. That’s the mark of a true On-Off Area performer.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
25.5, 26.5—30.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Heat Moldable Liner 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
Pinnacle 130 $850, Pinnacle 110 $750, Pinnacle 100 $650

Kudos

  • “It grew on me as I skied it—surprisingly strong and very precise.” -- Mark Elling
  • “One of the best walk modes in the category—Pebax shell is light and nimble” -- Joe Driscoll
  • “Hike mode has lots of range of motion. Nice snug fit.” -- Charlie Bradley
  • “Nice evolution from predecessor Pinnacle—improved for skiing and hiking.” -- Bob Gleason
  • “Best ski-hike switch in the business—sweet cosmetics too.” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Initial fit was sweet—athletic but neutral angles.” -- Chris Wiberg
  • “Skied damn well—as I've come to expect from K2 boots.” -- Eino Holm
  • “Skis awesome—Porsche-like steering and feel with power. Step on it!” -- Kevin Gabriel
  • “Nice fit with cool hike features.” -- Greg Hoffmann
  • “Dallas Goldsmith I felt neutral (in a good way) and it's got really good power and tight steering response. ” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “Snug lower boot with a true 130 flex, upright but easy to initiate.” -- Jason Astle
  • “Very playful with a lot of rebound and energy. Hard-charging hike boot.” --

Caveats

  • “The cuff has a free-hingey feel at the beginning of the flex range.” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Out of box fit is tight on the navicular and over the midfoot for a medium width.” -- Kevin Gabriel
  • “Cuff has play.” --

This boot available at...

Warren, VT
Killington, VT
Westwood, NJ
Ellicottville, NY
Seattle, WA

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