Ski: 2015-2016 K2 Shreditor 102, 184cm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 130-101.5-124
Sidecut Radius: 20 meters
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 184cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2038g & 2052g
Mount Location: +3 from “0” mark (-4.5 from true center)
Skier: 6’, 160 lbs.
Boots / Bindings : Rossignol All-track Pro 130 / Marker Griffon (DIN 10)
Test Locations: Alta Ski Area, Alta Backcountry, Park City Mountain Resort
Days Skied: 10
[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 14/15 Shreditor 102, which was not changed for 15/16, except for the graphics.]
For the 2014-2015 season, K2 has made a few changes to the Shreditor line. The range now includes a ski that is 92mm underfoot, as well as a completely redesigned 102mm underfoot model.
The redesigned Shreditor 102 reviewed here replaces the long standing Kung Fujas (which was basically retagged for the 2013-2014 season as the first rendition of the Shreditor 102, with only minor changes), but K2’s intentions remain the same: deliver a one-ski-quiver for everyone to enjoy. And I think the new Shreditor 102 ought to appeal to a pretty large audience, including the folks looking to keep their feet on the ground and toes pointed forward.
Shape & Hand Flex
I haven’t skied the 2013-2014 version of the Shreditor 102, but I can talk about the difference in shape and sidecut between that ski and this new version. The new shape of the Shreditor 102 shadows the lines of the Shreditor 112 and 120, all of which feature a lot of taper in their tips and tails. The widest point of the 102’s shovel is ~19cm back from the nose of the ski, while the widest point in the rear is ~21cm from the tail. The new Shreditor 102 is also 3mm narrower at both the tip and tail than the 13/14 version.
The Shreditor 102’s tip and tail rocker is low and gradual, which is great given its intended purpose. The rocker line extends well beyond (~25cm) the widest points of the tip and tail, but because of the fairly low splay, it’s still possible to engage the ski’s entire effective edge / sidecut (~144cm) on firm snow.
Hand flexing the ski, the tip and tail are are quite soft, but the flex increases pretty quickly as you move toward the bindings, becoming fairly stout underfoot. The flex feels pretty symmetrical in hand. I can’t say how similar / different this flex pattern is from the ‘13/14’ Shreditor 102.
Freestyle Performance & Mount Points
Given what I’ve just said about the shape and flex of the Shreditor 102, it shouldn’t be too surprising that it encourages a lot of playful skiing.
The Shreditor 102’s swing weight is light in the air and on snow, making the ski very easy to maneuver in general. The compromise here, however, is that the light weight and energetic rebound of the Shreditor 102 contributes to the ski getting tossed into the air a bit on fast, bumpy, jump in-runs. The longer, 20 meter turn radius of the Shreditor, fortunately, keeps it from feeling too twitchy on these bumpy in-runs, but I’ve still had to work on sensing where I’m standing on the light ski (in regard to fore/aft balance) to keep it tracking well as I approach the jump.
The progressive flex and energetic rebound of the Shreditor makes for smooth releases off well-shaped jumps, cat tracks, or natural features. “Kicky” or rough take-offs are not dampened well by the ski, however, so you’ll have to stay focused on leaving the snow from a balanced stance.
With the bindings at +2 (from the “0” line) or behind it I definitely found myself wishing for more supportive tails on hard landings. Soft snow and/or steep landings did help mitigate this somewhat. But even when landing a sizable air to the balls of my feet, if there was enough impact, the tails would buckle under the pressure and throw me into a wheelie.
At +3cm (as far forward as I could move the binding track on our demo pair, still -4.5cm from true center), the flex of the Shreditor 102 started to feel more balanced and the tail felt far more supportive. At +3 I could start playing with nose ollies and butters, and tail presses and butters were possible without the tail just feeling squishy and unenergetic.
I had a ton of fun on the Shreditor when it came to jibbing around the mountain, but I would have loved to get the bindings even further forward on the ski in order to better assess its freestyle performance.
I have been satisfied with how well the Shreditor 102 floats in powder, considering its waist width; it is comparable to anything else I’ve ridden in the ~100mm underfoot range.
The rocker profile and soft flex at the tip and tail help give the ski a light, floaty feel through moderate amounts of new snow. In more than about 12” of light, low density snow, I wished for something wider underfoot. In thicker, heavier snow, the Shreditor 102 easily stays on top regardless of how deep it is. The ski’s heavy tip and tail taper keeps the ski running predictably down the fall line and resistant to hooking / overturning when the snow stacks up more than a few inches.
Whether skiing through deep (~16”) or shallow soft chop, I have been very impressed with how confident I’ve found myself aboard this ski, even mounted at +3cm. The fairly narrow and streamlined tip, moderate sidecut radius, and progressive flex of the Shreditor 102 work very well together to keep the ski from wanting to “wall up” and deflect in any direction. High angulation slarve turns were an easy (and fun) way control speed in steep terrain, as was smearing turns with more of a baseses-flat “foot steer” technique.
Powder over Refrozen Moguls / Slush
The biggest surprise on the Shreditor 102 came when skiing late season “dust on crust.” For me, the key features of a ski that does well in these conditions are a strong enough forebody to allow an athletic stance, a flex that doesn’t get overwhelmed by sudden variations in the snow surface (but isn’t so rigid that is bucks my 160 lb frame around), and a sidecut radius that is long enough to be predictable transitioning from hard to soft snow, and isn’t overly turny / hooky.
The Shreditor’s light swing weight means that it does require a bit of a light touch in variable conditions (I’ll explain more about what I mean by that below), but at +2cm and +3cm, I feel it meets all of the above criteria.