Expert Review: K2 Reckoner 92 Skis · 2022

Published on 01/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2022.
Austen Law, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Austen Law

All photos courtesy of Austen Law

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2022.

My take

The K2 Reckoner 92 is a skinnier all-mountain, twin-tipped, hard-charging ski ready to shred pow to park. This is a ski for a skier looking to be more freeride oriented and able to shred all over easily. Made for an intermediate to advanced skier who likes to ski in both directions.

About the skis

  • Model: 2023 K2 Reckoner 92
  • Size: 184cm

About me

  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 175lbs
  • Experience: 26 years skiing, 16 years skiing

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: September 2022
  • Days tested: 10
  • Mount position: Factory recommended
  • Boots: 2021 Rossignol All Track Elite 130 LV
  • Boot Size: 26.5
  • Bindings: 2022 LOOK Pivot 14
  • Where I’ve used it: Mt. Bachelor and surrounding backcountry
  • Terrain: New pow, mixed snow

How they perform

Flotation
5/5
Carving
4/5
Durability
4/5
High Speed Stability
4/5
Turn Ease
4/5
Versatility
4/5

What I was looking for

I was looking for a ski that was big enough to charge everything and was twin tipped for some more freestyle-style riding. I was hoping it would crush it in the park performance and that it also would give me the ability to shred the entire mountain with ease.

Why I chose this gear

K2 has always had a special place in my heart because their skis are fun and playful. I chose the Reckoner 92 because they are not only a big, hard-charging all-mountain ski but also focused on freeriding and tricks. These skis are twin tipped and 92 underfoot, allowing a skier to ride the park and powder on the same day without switching skis. Some other options were the ON3P Mangos and the Armada ARV, both twin-tip all-mountain skis.

What I love about them

  • Speed: The Reckoner 92 skis are pretty quick, even for a twin-tip ski. Even being 92 underfoot, the big all-mountain ski can move pretty well in both directions. Out of the plastic, these skis come factory tuned and ready to shred.
  • Edge hold: I am happily surprised to see these free-ride skis that are 92mm underfoot carve so well. Good shape and sidewall cut on the skis to carve well, which helps edge hold.
  • Turns: The turn shape is great for such a mid-sized all-mountain twin-tip ski. Nimble enough to make quick short turns and can hold edge nicely in big long turns. The added carbon spectral braid helps reinforce some stiffness and dampens impact in the choppy snow.
  • Groomers: Decent on the groomer, carves decent for a big all-mountain ski. Overall, they have a pretty good medium turn radius.
  • Powder: Crushed the powder. These skis can float really well and are nimble and playful enough to rip in the powder and the trees. Being 92mm underfoot, it can float in most powder conditions. This ski thrives in PNW skiing, as it skis well in 4 to 8 inches of powder really well.
  • Trees: In the trees, the Reckoner 92 do really well as they are quick enough to move around and aren’t too heavy.
  • Park: These Reckoner 92s are made for the park and free riding. They are damp enough to send big jumps, and I feel comfortable that the skis will pop back.
  • Backcountry: It could be a good backcountry ski, but probably a bigger mountain resort as it isn’t as light as other options for touring. But it could be super playful, and twin-tip skiing could be fun too.
  • Durability: Very good quality because K2 developed TwinTech Sidewalls to keep some structure to the topsheet to keep durability from ski-to-ski contact.
  • Switch riding: Great. These are true twin-tip skis with a rocker/camber/rocker build, so riding backward is the same as riding down the hill forwards.
  • Stability: K2’s spectral carbon braid built into the laminate helps dampen the ski and creates less chatter and shaking on the ski. They are overall stiffer than a traditional park ski and can be playful and freestyle-oriented if I try.
  • Flotation: For being 92mm underfoot, these can float in a good amount of light snow, and they float and ski well in mixed crud snow.
  • Versatility: These skis can do it all as a big mountain twin-tip ski. They can ski backward, ski the park, ski off the backside, and still rip on the groomers.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Weight: The skis, without the bindings, are a little heavier than some other skis in its ski category family.
  • Any workarounds? As a classic twin-tip ski, I mount two back, as that is my preferred riding style, so the ski is different than skiing it traditionally center mounted.

Favorite moment with this gear

My favorite moment with this gear was taking them out for the first time. It was my first day back skiing on a twin-tip ski, but on a twin-tip ski with some backbone. As a general statement, most of the twin-tip skis I have skied were built for the park rider, are very soft skis, and do not carve well. The K2 Reckoner 92 did everything opposite of “park" skis. The 92s carved well. They were still playful while being a little stiff but could dominate the entire mountain in all conditions. I could ski in the park, ski groomers, and charge some mixed snow and powder. It is a freerider and a big mountain skier's dream ski.

Value for the money vs. other options

Not many other companies make a true twin tip anymore, let alone a 90mm underfoot or larger. The K2 Reckoner 92 sits in class on its own, but some other skis I would consider would be the ON3P Mangos, which are bigger underfoot and have a full twin tip, and LINE Sick Day 94s. The Reckoner 92s are worth the money as they are wonderfully priced and are a great ski that can ski all-mountain.

Final verdict

The K2 Reckoner 92 can do it all. From powder skiing to the park and everywhere in between, these skis deliver the same versatility from their DNA in freestyle influence—a true big mountain twin-tip charger.

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