Expert Review: K2 Reckoner 102 Skis · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
The K2 Reckoner 102 is a versatile ski that can make the entire mountain a park for a wide skill level of skiers looking for a durable do-it-all ski. This ski provides an all-around fun experience from fresh snow to park.
About the gear
- Model: 2022 K2 Reckoner 102
- Size: 184cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 165 lbs
- Experience: I have been skiing for 22 years. I started as an avid ski racer and have evolved into freestyle skiing for the past 10 seasons.
- When I bought these: December 2021
- Days tested: 80+ days
- Mount position: Dead Center Mount
- Boots: 2021 Dalbello Il Moro
- Boot Size: 27.5
- Bindings: 2021 Marker Griffon ID 13
- Where I’ve used it: Vermont, New York, Colorado, Oregon
- Terrain: Ice, Hardpack, Park, Powder, Big Mountain, Jumps, Groomers, Bumps, Trees, and everything in between.
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was on the hunt for a 100+mm wide ski with park capabilities that could also crush all-mountain and powder. The Reckoner prevailed as a fun and flexible ski that caught my eye.
Why I chose this gear
I chose to buy this particular ski because of its flexibility and ski shape. I skied a park ski on the stiffer side and sought a softer ski that could float better on pow. I liked the bigger shovel tip on the Reckoner and could see how it would still perform well in the park, and I bought it with no regrets. However, I did consider buying several other 100+mm ski options that would fit my skiing style, like the Line Blend, Armada E-Dollo, and Atomic Bent Chetler 100.
What I love about them
- Speed: The Reckoner 102 handles surprisingly well at speed. I ski the 184 length, and it has no stability issues at speed. Noting that this ski is 7/10 on flex rating, there is a bit of chatter expected at top speed, but it never feels “floppy.” This ski has a backbone and will remain stable, although no metal exists in the core. I have really enjoyed skiing it at speed on multiple snow surfaces, including sheer ice, straight-lining through pow, and turning and burning edge-to-edge on groomers, which is probably my favorite thing to do on these skis.
- Edge hold: This ski has a sweet edge hold on many different snow surfaces. Noting that my edges are normally dull from the park, they still seem to be able to grip and rip on groomers, or any sort of variable or firm snowpack, which I ski a lot of on the East Coast. I am impressed with the edge hold and confidence in laying down an edge when I ski the Reckoner, especially because it has no metal in the core. This ski will hold an edge on any terrain I need it to.
- Turns: The Reckoner is especially fun to turn. Coming in with a 19.3M turning radius in the 184, I thought it would take some work to move edge-to-edge quickly or effectively, but it’s merely the opposite. The lightweight core makes it easy to turn edges over while staying in control through the turn. It’s a very fun ski to flex and drive into a turn. I feel comfortable turning at any speed—fast or slow—and any radius with confidence on the Reckoner.
- Groomers: The Reckoner 102 is a funner groomer ski, although its main purpose is powder and park. This ski has good edge hold on groomers and can rip shorter radius turns and longer radius GS-style turns. Truly, it can carve how the skier desires. Turning over edges on groomers, butter, and press is fun.
- Powder: I always have a blast on the Reckoner in the powder and would not want to be on anything else when it snows. The big shovel-shaped tip always allows float in snow of any depth. The lightweight nature of the ski makes it easy to navigate and flow with powder. I toss this ski on my feet as my go-to weapon when it is snowing for a guaranteed good time. I have skied anything from 1” of snow (dust on crust) to about 2’ of pow on this ski and have loved it. It’s trustworthy, floaty, and fun.
- Trees: This ski is quite maneuverable in the trees, even with its 19.3M turning radius. I think the lightweight feel of this ski makes getting into tight trees, tight spaces, and technical wooded terrain easy. I skied this ski dead center mounted and had plenty of time to turn my 184cm ski between trees, and I still did not feel like this mounting point made me wedge turns in tight trees. I expect nothing but confidence when I take the Reckoner into the trees. Popping and jibing around in the woods and over logs is fun.
- Park: The park is where the Reckoner 102 is at home. This ski has a perfect amount of pop and flex and is a fantastic blend between stiffness and softness. This ski is stable underfoot when taking on big landings or impacts and is a sturdy rail ski. It does not have a lot of swing weight at all. Spin with ease and expect a fun ride jibbing through the park. I really enjoy the flexibility in the tip and tail of the Reckoner in the park. It is a perfect ski for nose or tail butters; honestly, mine has improved since being on this ski. 102 isn’t too wide to rip it up in the park, so don’t be scared. That width provides a lot of stability for me. It’s been a ton of fun on any sort of feature in the park.
- Weight: The K2 Reckoner 102 is lightweight for its build and width, with no metal in the core at all. This ski has a fir and aspen wood core that keep the ski dense but lively and energetic. I’ve really enjoyed skiing a lighter-weight ski around the park and the mountain, as a low swing weight on spins and catching air is essential for me. I hope they never add metal/weight to the core of this ski. It is so much fun to whip around.
- Switch riding: The Reckoner 102 is a blast to ride switch, as it is built very close to symmetrical. I always feel that I can bring this ski edge to edge quickly when switch carving, and I always feel in control when riding switch at any speed. In the park, I can land switch on tricks or higher impact without trouble. Rides switch just as good as forwards.
- Stability: This ski is more stable than I thought it would be and has a ton of pop. The flexibility in the tips and tails, combined with the stability and stiffness underfoot, allows for ultimate pop. It feels just damp enough to remain stable at all times, with only a touch of underfoot chatter expected at tip-top speed. I think this ski is the perfect combination of flexibility and dampness because it is a ton of fun to butter—nose butter, tail butter, just name it! My butters and presses have improved after riding this ski for a while.
- Other: I would recommend mounting this ski at “Team Mount” or dead center to achieve maximum versatility inside and outside the park at either of those two mounting points. If one plans on primarily skiing this in the park, go dead center. If the plan is a lot of pow and all-mountain skiing on the radar, go with the “Team Mount.”
Issues I’ve encountered
- Moguls: I have skied the K2 Reckoner in a variety of moguls, icy chop, huge bumps, and anywhere in between. Noting that this ski has a 19.3M turning radius, I definitely sensed that it could be hard to tight turn in bumps. Sometimes I have had to wedge my turns to achieve that shorter turning radius, but that could easily be because I am riding a 184cm ski. This certainly is an enjoyable ski to ride in the bumps, and its flexibility allows for fun. Still, I sure wish I could turn this ski tighter for the bumps, but the 177cm length and down should make for a better bump ski, as the turning radius is shorter (depending on skier height.)
- Backcountry: I have taken the Reckoner 102 into the sidecountry and on many bootpacks. While I have had a lot of fun with it, there are better options to take on a backcountry adventure. I do not have touring bindings on this ski, but I could imagine it would make for a lightweight setup as there is no metal in the Reckoner core. I think there are plenty of better skis out there with more rocker in the tip than the Reckoner and that feature a powder rocker pattern. The Reckoner 102 has an All-Terrain Twin Rocker pattern.
- Durability: This is the Reckoner 102’s main kryptonite: durability. I’ve taken this ski through it all: hard park use, big impacts, skiing rocks, and everything else the East Coast has to offer. Like any other park ski, including the Reckoner 102, they take damage and abuse with heavy park use, falling, and hitting rails. I haven’t experienced any crazy issues with durability, but I did experience some edge cracks/edge separation after about 80+ days of heavy park use. This is expected with most all park skis. In the future, I hope that K2 can find a way to make the Reckoner 102 a little more durable, whether that means adding metal or carbon laminates to the core or strengthening the edges. Don’t get me wrong. This ski is extremely fun and versatile and will stay together very well without constant rail thrashing day in and day out.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment on these skis has to be charging through the park and through the woods on Mount Hood this spring, all in one run. I truly realized how fun and versatile this ski was, blasting through anything from big rail tricks to jump tricks to slashing pow all in one run. Mount Hood in the spring truly is a dreamland. They received quite a bit of snow through May this year, and I was fortunate enough to rip it up on the Reckoner 102 there.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Reckoner 102 is priced very fairly in the market as there are many similar skis at the same price point as the Reckoner 102. It’s priced slightly below the Faction Prodigy 3.0. The Reckoner matches an exact retail price as the Armada Edollo, Line Blend, and a couple of other very similar options in waist width, the purpose of the ski, and flexibility. The Reckoner 102 is definitely worth its value and provides infinite fun on the mountain.
The Reckoner 102 proved to be the perfect hybrid park and pow ski that can crush it all around the mountain. I am blown away by its versatility and ability to float while still being a lightweight park ski.