2022-2023 K2 Dispatch 101

Ski: 2022-2023 K2 Dispatch 101, 175 cm

Available Lengths: 161, 168, 175, 182, 189 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length (straight-tape pull): 174.5 cm

Stated Weight Per Ski: 1695  grams (182 cm)

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1525 & 1555 grams

Stated Dimensions: 123-101-112 mm (182 cm)

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 122.3-100.4-111.6 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 26.3 meters (182 cm)

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 62.5 mm / 22 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 2.5 mm

Core Materials: paulownia + unidirectional flax + titanal “HEX-Beam” layer + carbon laminate

Base:“steadfast base”

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -9.35 cm from center; 77.9 cm from tail

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the K2 Dispatch 101 for Blister.
K2 Dispatch 101 - 22/23 Top Sheet
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[Editor’s Note: In the interest of getting you information sooner on some of the products we’re reviewing, we’re posting here some of our measured specs and manufacturer details, and will update in the future. Take a look, and let us know in the Comments Section below what questions you’d like us to answer.]

What K2 says about the Dispatch 101

“Ringing in the lightweight champion of the Dispatch Collection, the K2 Dispatch 101 Skis embody most of the key characteristics of their wider brethren while still packing a pretty punch when it comes to uphill performance. If you don’t feel like hopping on the skin track to earn your turns, these skis have mastered the art of reliable stability and control when things start to get skied out inbounds. A fantastic one stop shop for skiers of all stripes.”

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Dispatch 101:

Tips: 6-6.5
Shovels: 7-8
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-10
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece:10-9
Tails: 8.5

Stay Tuned…

We received all 3 models from K2’s new Dispatch series this Spring, and have spent some time skiing them in the resort and backcountry. Recently, Jonathan Ellsworth sat down with K2’s Jed Yaiser to talk about the new Dispatch series in a video we posted. Keep an eye out for updates, and let us know of any questions you have about the Dispatch 101 in particular.

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8 comments on “2022-2023 K2 Dispatch 101”

  1. Was waiting for this one, and would love a deep dive!
    I’m thinking of replacing my Wayback 106 with these, as a do-it-all touring ski.
    Would like to hear how they compare to a lot of other really nice skis: 4frnt Raven, Dynafit Beast, Stöckli Edge FT, BC Navis…

    • I just skied a proto, the final version was more rockered in the tail than what I was on. but what I skied was very reminiscent of the Raven, except slightly less pivoty. I suspect that the final version will be just as pivoty as the Raven. It was however immediately noticable that the dispatch proto was way more composed and stable in bad snow, despite weighing less than the Raven. It was also damper, as one would expect with the layers of metal. Navis is obviously a way turnier traditional ski so not a good comparo- the dispatch I think can hold a line better and wants to be skied more centered.
      The navis wants to pull you into a turn and for you to ride the sidecut. for that reason the navis will hook up more in bad snow and be more demanding. The dispatch wants to run and won’t turn until you make it. So if you ski a lot of hard snow and want energy out of a turn and to turn a lot the navis is better. The dispatch will be more composed in hard snow than the navis, but it isn’t eager to turn. It wants to make the least amount of the turns it can. But it can be thrown on it’s side easy to kill speed when u need . Raven will pivot probably subtly easier due to zero camber but isn’t as damp, mount point is more forward so isn’t as directional and wants to be piloted even more centered rather than forward. Stability probably the same in soft snow but I suspect the dispatch will hold better in harder snow based off my limited impressions on the proto. Due to camber dispatch will provide a little more energy out of the turn than the Raven. The Raven is a versatile ski and an excellent ski and from my understanding was actually the ski that K2 was trying to improve upon with the dispatch. Based on the proto for my use, they succeeded. If you ski more centered tho and want to throw more tricks and mainly ski soft, the Raven is amazing. If u want a more do it all that’s more damp but slightly more directional, but not quite as telepathically pivotable as the Raven, then get a dispatch.

      • Hi. Saw your comments here and in the other dispatch post. How would you compare the 101 vs 110. They seem to be very close in weight, so I gather the 101 will have more mass and be stiffer (better tracking in worse snow conditions?). I am a bit lost wondering in between these two and some other more conventional shape/construction skis, such as the Kastle TX103 or the Blizzard Zero G 105 to pair with an ATK raider 13 or similar? Some thoughts? Thank you.

  2. Does anyone have thoughts on mounting this a couple cm in front of recommended? With the weirdly shaped metal I feel like it could go bad, but I generally like things a bit further forward than -9. Appreciate any input.

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