The newest wave of K2 skis, the Mindbenders, feature two Torsion Control Designs: Titanal Y-Beam and Carbon Spectral Braid. That sentence hurt your head? We will cut to the chase. The Mindbender 90C Alliance is the easier-skiing version of the mens 90Ti. The carbon braiding in its construction helps the skis flex pattern vary to match whatever conditions you throw at it. Aspen Veneer in the core makes it responsive and maneuverable in bumps and mixed snow. So while the 88Ti Alliance may be your ticket for blistering hot laps, the 90C slots perfectly as a do-everything all-mountain ski that allows you to start exploring some of the nooks and crannies around your favorite ski area. Similar skis: Elan Ripstick 86 W, Black Crows Orb Birdie, Salomon QST Lux 92.