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We put K2's Charger M3 12 TCX to the test on the pistes of Galtur, to see whether it performs as the Charger it calls itself.
k2 charger
Level
Advanced
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Intermediate to advanced resort skiers, who value fun over hardcore performance
Price
£535
Season
2018/19
lengths
161, 168, 175
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
9
Energy
9
Value
9
Edge hold
7
Stability
7
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
8
+
Just effortless fun on any piste
A slight hint of chatter if pushed hard

The Charger from K2 could be viewed as sitting at the bottom of its family; the more modestly priced, generically aimed piste ski to its more specialised and expensive siblings, the Speed Charger, Super Charger and Turbo Charger. But we still expect it to charge!

Having said that, the word that all our testers put forward was 'fun.' Plain and simple, and arguably what K2 do best. The Charger is flexible, light, poppy and forgiving. It wants you to ski well, and it wants to help you into long carving turns and bounce you in and out of short turns.

With all this in mind it is surprisingly stable at high speeds, and it is only when pushed hard on steep slopes that it begins to chatter. So for a ski in this category and at this price point, yes it can charge!

Interestingly, one of our testers commented on how it skis well at slow speeds, and in 'instructor turns;' a factor many of us would overlook, but useful to most people on long resort days. Take a look at the other models in this range if you want to break sound barriers, but for a versatile piste ski at a great price, that offers more fun than anyone in the name of decency deserves, look no further.

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