K2 Shreditor 102 On Mountain Ski Review
The K2 Shreditor 102 returns for 2016 as a versatile all-mountain ski that with a freeride feel. It still has the same great performance as last season, but with an “updated” retro graphic. With traditional camber underfoot, and stiff torsional rigidity the Shreditor provides good hard snow performance, but its soft flex, and poppy wood core make for a fun and playful ride. At 102 underfoot, it offers decent floatation, but won’t be your go to powder ski.
Conditions: 7” Powder, Chop, Trees, Dust on Crust
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
On the Snow Feel: The K2 Shreditor 102 is both a playful ski that begs to be jibbed all around the mountain, and a stable ski that can handle the hard-pack and groomers. The Ski does have 70% camber underfoot, and 30% rocker in the tip and tail. It’s not going to feel “surfy” like a fully rockered ski, but the early rise rocker, and heavily tapered design, helps to reduce swing weight and increase maneuverability. Further adding to the playfulness is a nearly symmetric design and soft flexing tip/tail that is both fun and energetic. At the same time, the 70% camber underfoot helps to increase stability, and as you get the ski on edge, the tip and tail engage, further adding to the overall stability when on edge.
Powder: With soft flexing and rockered tip and tail, the ski has a decent amount of float, but at 102mm underfoot, it just doesn’t have the surface area needed for really deep days. That’s not to say the K2 Shreditor 102 can’t be ridden in powder. I found it to be more than capable, especially in heavier snow, but it’s not going to be your go-to ski on really deep days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Rocker in the tip/tail and a heavy taper help keep swing weight low allowing for easy turn initiation. At 102mm underfoot, the ski is pretty easy to get on edge, and the soft flex in the tip/tail make the ski quite forgiving at slower speeds. Traditional camber helps to increase power underfoot and with the soft flex I felt like I could load up the ski and snap from edge to edge with quick and energetic turns.
Speed: The K2 Shreditor 102 has a lightweight aspen and paulownia wood core that is lively and energetic, but not the most damp. To increase torsional rigidity and overall stability, K2 uses Traxial Braiding to interlock strands of fiberglass around the core. The use of fiberglass helps to increase dampness and performance at higher speeds. With a 20m turn radius, the Shreditor is capable of making long radius turns at high speeds, but I wouldn’t say it’s a ski that loves speed. While camber underfoot helps increase stability, the ski still doesn’t have a super long effective edge. Its light weight and soft flex also make it feel a bit more playful than you may want at high speeds.
Uneven Terrain: In the soft chopped up snow, I was pretty surprised at how stable the K2 Shreditor 102 felt. The tapered tip helps to decrease tip deflection, while the early rise rocker and 102mm waist help to keep you on top. The soft flex also makes the ski more forgiving, and its light weight keeps it maneuverable. However, in firm iced up crud, I felt the Shreditor became much less stable, especially at higher speeds. With its light weight, and soft flex I felt myself getting bounced around more than I would like, and I definitely found myself riding much less aggressive.
Moguls: I found the K2 Shreditor 102 has a pretty low swing weight that increases maneuverability, and the light weight paulownia and aspen core are lively, and respond well to any input. I really like a light, a soft ski for moguls, and the Shreditor fits this well.
Edge Hold: On the soft snow, I felt confident carving quick short radius turns at slower speeds, or long radius turns at high speed, but as the snow hardened up the Shreditor loses a bit of edge hold. Although it has traditional camber underfoot, it doesn’t have a super long effective edge.
Flex: The K2 Shreditor 102 has a medium/medium stiff flex underfoot, with a soft/medium flex in the tip and tail. Light skiers will find the ski to be quite playful and lively, while heavier skiers may find the flex to be a bit too soft.
Switch: The ski has a nearly symmetric design that is almost as happy going backwards as it is forwards.
Jumps: With a soft flex and traditional camber underfoot it’s pretty easy to load up the K2 Shreditor 102 and pop into the air. In air the ski is quite easy to maneuver, and it provides a stiff enough tail to absorb landings. If I was using these as a park ski I would definitely mount the bindings near center, otherwise the flex in the tail may be a bit too soft.
The K2 Shreditor 102 is a versatile all-mountain ski that is playful and forgiving. It is capable of carving groomers, and floating in the powder. It’s not a super damp ski, and it’s more suited to lighter and less aggressive skiers. For those who want a little bit more playfulness and less of a hard charger will appreciate the easy going attitude of the Shreditor. If your looking for a ski to just bash through everything, then this isn’t your ski. It’s a great ski for those who like to spend some time in the park, but also want to explore the rest of the mountain. Overall, I think a lot of people will really like the versatility of the K2 Shreditor 102, and could see a lot of people using it as a daily driver.