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K2 Shreditor 102 (2014)

K2 Shreditor 102 (2014)
Official Selection 2014
Tester's Review

The narrowest of the new Shreditor series is designed to offer the same loose-feeling performance the Shreditors 112 and 120 do but in a more versatile waist width. It’s playful and so very maneuverable (“I had a tree-ski-gasm,” said one tester), but that doesn’t mean it lacks carving skill. Its tail is only six millimeters narrower than its tip, which makes for clean, round arcs of nearly any size, and its massive sweet spot is surprisingly energetic. “Latent power—call on it when you need it.”

Skiing's Notes:
The narrowest of the new Shreditor series skis is designed to offer the loose, smeary powder performance of the 112 and 120, but on a more versatile 102-mm waist better suited to non-powder conditions. It's a metal-free wood-core (fir/aspen) construction. K2's TwinTech sidewalls are beveled inward at the top to protect them from damage caused by the other ski's edge. With its Bi-Directional Taper shape, the tip is only slightly wider than the tail, so its effective sidecut radius isn't drastically different going backward than it is going forward. K2's All-Terrain Rocker combines 70 percent camber with 30 percent tip/shovel rocker to smooth the ride, enhance forgiveness and improve soft-snow flotation. The tip is tapered so it's loose and smeary in deep snow, with reduced swing weight. K2 splits its six-model Freeride collection into two groups: Directional (the new Annex models) and Bi-Directional (the new Shreditor models). The Shreditor models are intended to be more playful and jib-inspired. They range in width from 102 mm up to 120 mm. All Shreditor models are torsion-box constructions. (The core is sheathed in a "triaxially braided" sock of fiberglass, with tri-directional fibers aligned for optimal lateral, longitudinal and torsional rigidity.) All Freeride series models come equipped with tip and tail grommets that accept K2 climbing skins for backcountry touring.

PRICE (MSRP): $660.00
PRICE (MAP): $550.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
CategoryMixed Snow
AwardsOfficial Selection
Lengths169, 179, 189
Rating: Stability at Speed3.44 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.78 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.03 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.09 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.89 / 5
Rating: Energy/Liveliness3.75 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.11 / 5
Rating: Versatility3.50 / 5
Rating: Overall3.47 / 5