Review: K2 Reckoner 102 Skis · 2024

Published on 02/01/2024 · 3 min readCurated Expert, Leo Cocchiara, has tested this product to give you their unbiased, definitive take.
Leo Cocchiara, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Leo Cocchiara
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The Curated Take

4.4/5

The K2 Reckoner 102 Skis are ideal for advanced skiers seeking a versatile freeride freestyle experience. With a 102mm waist width and a triaxial carbon backbone, these skis offer stability on hardpack and exceptional float in deep powder. They excel in off-groomed terrain, moguls, and trees, and their playful rocker profile makes them ideal for tricks in any arena. While not designed for carving or beginners, their durability allows for rail smashing and big landings. These skis are a valuable all-around choice for those who prioritize freestyle, freeriding, and versatility in various mountain conditions.

Ideal for
  • Great for freeride off groomed terrain
  • Freestyle personality can throw tricks in any arena
  • Deep powder is no problem with the 102 underfoot
Not ideal for
  • Not a carving ski
  • Not for beginners
  • Not a very soft and buttery ski for the category
Turn Ease
Leo Cocchiara, Curated Expert
The freestyle shape offers a quick, snappy turn for excelling in tight spaces. The ski is just as perfect for easy pivots in needle-tight moguls and trees as for arching...Read more
Playfulness
Leo Cocchiara, Curated Expert
"Playful" is the Reckoner's middle name. The whole mountain is its playground. This ski aims to find every little side hit, feature, and secret stash it can find and absolutely...Read more
Durability
Leo Cocchiara, Curated Expert
K2 built the reckoner to handle smashing rails, sending off rocks, tail-tapping trees, and stomping big landings. It’s impressive how durable they’ve made these skis for how light and flexible...Read more
High Speed Stability
Leo Cocchiara, Curated Expert
It is impressively stable on hardpack at speed despite its freestyle personality. That’s due to the triaxial carbon running through the core of the ski, adding a significant amount of...Read more
Carving
Leo Cocchiara, Curated Expert
Carving is a very specific discipline opposite the K2 Reckoner's intended purpose. I'm talking about a very intentional start to the turn, high edge angles, locked-in tails, and smooth transitions...Read more
Versatility
Leo Cocchiara, Curated Expert
It can do everything outside of strict carving and long-distance touring. It’s too heavy to be a dedicated uphill ski and too loose to really carve. It’s too intense for...Read more
Flotation
Leo Cocchiara, Curated Expert
The 102mm waist width can handle fresh, deep powder all day long. It sits happily in that valley of all-mountain, freeride, freestyle, and powder, capable of delivering that one-ski quiver...Read more

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About the ski gear
  • Model: K2 Reckoner 102 Skis · 2024
Test conditions
  • Where I've used them: Tested multiple generations of this ski across Colorado and Utah
  • How many times I've used it: 10

Expert Reviews of the K2 Reckoner 102 Skis

 The K2 Reckoner 102 is a freeride freestyle classic that turns the whole mountain into a playground due to the playful rocker profile, 102mm waist width, and triaxial carbon backbone that provides impressive stiffness and stability on hardpack and exceptional float in soft snow. It's an excellent daily driver for advanced skiers in the West who seek out the most fun features they can find every time.

Product Specs

Age GroupAdult
GenderUnisex
Includes bindingsNo
Model year2024
Ski typeFreestyle, Powder
Skill levelIntermediate, Advanced

Review Ratings

Turn Ease

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The freestyle shape offers a quick, snappy turn for excelling in tight spaces. The ski is just as perfect for easy pivots in needle-tight moguls and trees as for arching longer turns down steep fall lines. It doesn't feel like a carving ski, but it certainly performs at the top of its class in this regard.

Playfulness

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. "Playful" is the Reckoner's middle name. The whole mountain is its playground. This ski aims to find every little side hit, feature, and secret stash it can find and absolutely make the most of it. It performs beautifully as a fatter park ski and is a great daily driver for those who put freestyle first.

Durability

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. K2 built the reckoner to handle smashing rails, sending off rocks, tail-tapping trees, and stomping big landings. It’s impressive how durable they’ve made these skis for how light and flexible they are. If someone's looking for that ski that’ll let them huck with reckless abandon, they'd be hard-pressed to find a better option.

High Speed Stability

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. It is impressively stable on hardpack at speed despite its freestyle personality. That’s due to the triaxial carbon running through the core of the ski, adding a significant amount of power, stability, and smoothness to the ride. As someone who really skis with a lot of momentum, I was shocked and delighted by the power I could let them run with. I subtracted one star because it’s not in the same class as metal core skis made for speed.

Carving

3/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. Carving is a very specific discipline opposite the K2 Reckoner's intended purpose. I'm talking about a very intentional start to the turn, high edge angles, locked-in tails, and smooth transitions into the next turn. The Reckoner isn’t designed for that in terms of shape and personality, but it can still rip a groomer.

Versatility

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. It can do everything outside of strict carving and long-distance touring. It’s too heavy to be a dedicated uphill ski and too loose to really carve. It’s too intense for beginners and low-level intermediates, but outside of that, it can handle all conditions and all-terrain with style and confidence.

Flotation

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The 102mm waist width can handle fresh, deep powder all day long. It sits happily in that valley of all-mountain, freeride, freestyle, and powder, capable of delivering that one-ski quiver most people seek. Switch, landings, and powder are perfectly easy, and one would have to get into something crazy deep to reach the limit of their capabilities.

FAQs

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

I couldn't believe how stable these were ripping at speed on hardpack for a ski so geared towards freestyle and freeriding. It really allowed me to let it run down the fall line without having to hold back.

What is the value for the money versus other options?

There are very few other skis out there that offer a true freestyle personality with a stiff enough profile that one can rip it on harder pack terrain comfortably while still having a ski that's very powder capability as well. It's versatile in the best of ways.

What do you love about this product?

This ski speaks right to my personality for a freeride ski with a more playful side for off-piste while still being able to fly confidently down hardpack.

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