K2 has owned and operated Karhu skis and this year ended the production of their descent line of skis, only leaving the cross-country downhill line in production, otherwise known as XCD. Previously you may have seen the Jak BC, BC100, Storm, and Spire skis that were sold as backcountry skis intended for randonee or telemark bindings. This winter Karhu only produced the ever popular XCD line consisting of the Pinnacle, XCD GT, the 10th Mountain, and the Guide, all of which are metal edged, waxless based skis. Many people were disappointed in hearing of the fall of Karhu, especially due to the end of the XCD line.
They had seemed to hit the nail right on the head in producing such a superbly versatile line up of skis for the touring enthusiast. They were an excellent option for us in the Sierra Nevada to tour through the forest with the dogs or glide about in search of a few powder turns but keeping the efficiency of a lightweight touring boot. We’ve seen people mount every kind of binding from the most popular Rottefella Super Tele three pin to Voile’ Switchback bindings on these ultra-versatile skis. The Guide even skied K2 mounted up with Dynafits!
Many people seemed to be scrambling to get their hands on what’s left of these gems. However hurry no more. Lucky for all you touring enthusiasts, K2 also owns Madshus skis and has decided to kill the Karhu line and continue the life of these great products however with a new facelift. Next year the Karhu Guide, 10th Mountain, and XCD GT will appear as the Madshus Annum, Epoch, and Eon! K2/Madshus will be using the exact same molds from the previous Karhu models in order to make the “new” Madshus Cross Country Downhill Series of skis just with different graphics!
Madshus Annum – 165-195/10cm lengths, 109-78-95mm, 2622g/185
Madshus Epoch – 165-195/10cm lengths, 99-68-84mm, 2530g/185
Madshus Eon – 165-195/10cm lengths, 83-62-70mm, 2026g/185