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Sean Pettit

Freeskier Magazine

K2 and Sean Pettit reimagine Mindbender skis and boots with retro-inspired design

Since the Salad Days of hot dogging, straight skis and Glen Plake’s pink mohawk, K2 has developed skis that redefined the zeitgeist. At the local ski hill, even today, there’s usually one legendary guy out there riding a pair of head-turning, Merlin 7s—a skier so committed to those planks he hasn’t needed a new pair since slapping some bindings on them in the late 90s. Ski construction, however, has made enormous strides in the last two decades, introducing new materials and shapes that supersede these “old school” designs. So, while there will always be a few die-hards out there, the rest of us will just admire those skis in the lift line, reminded of the days of yore, and drop into the next run thinking: “That guy knows what’s up!”
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