Expert Review: K2 Reckoner 112 Skis · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
The K2 Reckoner 112 is a fantastic resort powder ski that can rip up the entire mountain while being durably built.
About the skis I own
- Model: 2022 K2 Reckoner 112
- Size: 184cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 165lbs
- Experience: 24 years of skiing
- When I bought these: January 2022
- Days tested: 40
- Mount position: Team Mount
- Boots: 2021 Dalbello Il Moro
- Boot Size: 27.5
- Bindings: 2021 Marker Griffon 13 ID
- Where I’ve used it: Killington, Okemo, Pico Mountain, Vermont; Copper, Colorado; Mount Hood, Oregon
- Terrain: Groomers, park, powder, trees, variable snow, icy terrain, hardpack snow, moguls, tight tree lines, cliffs and sidecountry.
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was on the hunt for a 110+ underfoot powder ski that was able to hang on the rest of the mountain as well. I needed a ski that could also hold an edge well and carve on variable and chopped-up snow conditions.
Why I chose this gear
I chose to buy this particular ski because I have experience riding the Reckoner 102 and figured I would enjoy the performance of the 112 and could adjust easily to this ski. I wanted a fun pow ski that could still hang in the park when I ride through. I did consider buying other options like the Line Blade Optic 114, Head Kore 111, and the Benchetler 120, but ultimately decided on the Reckoner 112. It is playful, has a huge shovel in the tip, and knew that I’d adjust well to it coming from a Reckoner 102 because both of those skis have the same build and rocker pattern.
What I love about them
- Speed: I enjoy skiing the Reckoner 112 at speed, as it remains stable when going fast or slow. Although there is a huge shovel tip, this ski has all terrain rocker and has enough edge on contact with the snow to produce stability and eliminate chatter when carving or going fast. A lot of powder skis around 112 underfoot have powder rocker or a larger percentage of rocker in the tip than the Reckoner 112 does, so I actually was quite surprised when I learned that this ski does not chatter and holds an edge quite well at speed.
- Edge hold: The Reckoner 112 has an impressive edge hold for its size, and I was even impressed when taking it out on firmer or icy conditions here on the East Coast. This ski is built pretty bullet proof, skis very solid, and is not the most light-weight ski I have been on that is 110+ underfoot. The twintech side walls combined with the weight of the ski and the camber underfoot allow for it to hold an edge well on a wide array of terrain outside of pow, which is a very important performance feature for a powder/all mountain ski to have for me for the East Coast. I see the Reckoner 112 as a very fun all-mountain and pow ski that still can hold an edge on just about anything.
- Turns: This ski has a stated turning radius of just order 23M at 184cm, and I certainly can feel this larger turning radius when skiing and enjoy the camber underfoot. It is a bit slow edge to edge, but that is to be expected with a ski of this size underfoot. When being skied and turned fast or slow, this ski is an energetic and fun all-mountain and powder ski. It is not built strictly for groomer performance. It will be tough to make those shorter-radius turns with this ski, and thrives when skied a bit more like a GS ski on longer-radius turns. When wedging turns and not using the full turning radius in the bumps, this ski performs well. Pow covered bumps are always a blast.
- Powder: This is what the Reckoner 112 is built for, pow and all-mountain performance. It is a pow-hunting, freshie-harvesting machine. I almost exclusively break this ski out on the East Coast when it snows. I have had some fun powder days on this ski and really love the bigger shovel tip for floatation, with a tip dimension of 136. I have dropped cliffs, pow slashed, jumped around, rode switch, and overall just had a blast on this ski whenever it snows. This ski will also plow through any soft or chopped-up powder or snowpack as well. It’s still a fun ski to ride once the morning pow has been skied out.
- Trees: The Reckoner 112 certainly is a ski that one should feel comfortable getting into the trees with. We have a lot of tight trees on the East Coast and it took me a few days on this ski to figure out how to pivot and ski tight terrain effectively. Its larger turning radius of 23m makes tighter terrain a touch of a challenge, but fun nonetheless. I mounted my skis at midsole and had some trouble maneuvering them in tighter terrain, so I went back to the shop to have them remounted at TEAM mount, and this was a life changing difference. They felt way more maneuverable in tight paces and better played to my freeski style. If one plans on doing tricks or getting gnarly on these skis, mount them at TEAM mount for the best performance.
- Park: These skis are not built exclusively for park performance, but certainly can hang in the park, butter around, and be a fun ski. I have hit plenty of rails and jumps on my Reckoner 112s and have had a blast. Expect some swing weight with spinning and rail tricks with this ski because of its underfoot size. It’s heavier than skis built to excel in the park. These things soar on jumps or any sort of natural features of cliffs in or outside the park. They have the same core build as the Reckoner 102 and truly are fun to flex and ski on park features.
- Backcountry: The Reckoner 112 would make for an excellent backcountry or touring ski. I have boot packed and been on multiple sidecountry and backcountry missions with my Reckoner 112 and have experienced nothing but fantastic floatation, control, and have learned to trust my Reckoner 112s in any big mountain situation. Its bread and butter, truly is dropping cliffs, buttering, slashing pow, and making some sweet turns. This ski is a ton of fun and is a very practical touring ski with the right binding on it. The tip dimension of 136 allows for great floatation, and the Fir and Aspen Double Barrel core keep this ski from being super heavy, but still allow it to be reliable, sturdy and trustworthy for anyone skiing aggressive.
- Durability: I have experienced almost no damage on top sheets, base, and sidewalls through many days riding these in the pow and park. I believe that these skis are more durable than the Reckoner 102s and should have a very long-lasting life, even when skied hard and aggressively every time they are taken out.
- Weight: The Reckoner 112 falls right in the sweet spot of skis in its category in terms of weight, not on the top end or bottom ends of weight, but still remains supportive, stable, and trustworthy when skiing. The Reckoner 112 comes in at just over 2000 grams per ski. This ski weight is right in the sweet spot for a fun ski that can hold its own on virtually any type of terrain or snow condition.
- Switch riding: This ski is super fun to ride switch, and switch riding performance is totally dependent on the mounting point of the binding. I ride this ski at TEAM mount which is halfway between Midsole and center, allowing for easy switch riding and tricks. If mounted at midsole, this ski is a touch harder to carve and control when riding switch. It butters nicely and does not snag when riding switch at all. From groomers, to chopped up snow, to park, I always feel confident riding the Reckoner 112 switch.
- Stability: This ski is stable and trustworthy at any speed. It has an incredible amount of pop due to the camber underfoot, and is damp and does not chatter when turning, or at top speed. I have never experienced any chatter on the Reckoner 112, and was frankly surprised because I expected it with the shovel tip and rocker, but this ski is more solid than I thought. Perfect bridge between damp and stable but also playful and fun in my opinion.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Groomers: The Reckoner 112 definitely charges on groomers, but this ski is not built for them specifically. The width of the ski along with the larger turning radius make it tough to turn edges over quickly on groomers. There is no chatter and they do handle great, but I was expecting to be able to turn edges over a bit quicker on these skis, but this certainly is expected with skis with this wider underfoot width. They hold an edge great and perform well on a large variety of groomer conditions.
- Moguls: These skis are not built for the moguls. I realize that you never are truly using the radius of your ski when chop turning in the moguls, but this ski is wide and is sometimes hard to maneuver quickly at the 184cm length. Moguls are doable and fun if taken slow, but this ski struggles with quick choppy turns mostly because of the larger turning radius and the huge tip and underfoot dimensions.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with these skis was ripping them out of the Thule for a big pow day in Vermont last winter. They were so much fun to ski through the fresh powder, even though there was not much of a base underneath. There were a few trails that may not have been open that were very fun to ski all day long, it was the type of snow where it would almost fill in my tracks run to run. Infinite freshies. These skis charged through the pow and plowed through anything chopped up.
Value for the money vs. other options
These skis are worth their value with both performance and durability in mind. They are priced very similarly to the Armada 116 JJ and priced slightly below the QST Blank. Since these are the 2022 Reckoner 112s, they would be incredible to pick up on any kind of sale or deal. I have had a ton of fun on this extremely durable ski. For the endless fun and buttering that this ski provides, it is a no brainer to add it to one’s quiver.
The K2 reckoner 112 truly is a ski built for any occasion from park to pow. This is a durable ski that will unlock fun all around the mountain.