2015-2016 K2 Shreditor 102

Thick Spring Chop

On the second of Alta’s three closing weekends, we were hit with a nice spring storm. By Saturday, 14” of very wet snow (~14% moisture content) had fallen on top of a warm, wet base. As the fresh snow got skied out, my favorite runs were riddled with deep troughs and tall walls of heavy, saturated snow. I was again very impressed by the Shreditor 102’s ability to knife through the demanding conditions at speed. Its tip shape really works well to cut through piles of snow with ease, and it was incredibly fun to use a centered stance and high edge angles to control speed.

Hard, Variable Conditions

The Shreditor 102 does have a speed limit in hard variable snow and large moguls, due to it’s light weight, shortened effective edge, and snappy flex, but in soft snow and moderate bumps, I never felt limited by the ski, at any speed. Skied with a more forward, centered stance it exhibited no folding, overturning, or deflecting.

To be very clear, it’s not that the Shreditor 102 makes the entire mountain feel flat. It doesn’t make every bump and abnormality in the snow disappear, it just doesn’t do anything unpredictable when encountering one.

It’s also not a ski that allows you to just plant your weight on the tips and drive through anything. The Shreditor requires that you keep your eyes on changes in the terrain and make subtle weight shifts depending upon what lies ahead. Again this is easier to do thanks to its predictable, progressive flex pattern and shape that never throws an unexpected curve ball.

I’m guessing people weighing over ~20 lbs more than myself may find the Shreditor too soft in firm, variable conditions, but at my weight, I felt very content on the ski. The ride was predictable and fun in the firm, demanding conditions, which I think is really saying something given how light it is in the air.


The Shreditor 102 is fun on groomers, and loves to be loaded up to unleash energy from turn to turn. Because of the ski’s 20 meter sidecut radius and energetic flex, I was able to easily arc out long radius railroad tracks and rapid, short radius carves. Skidded turns of any radius were also easy to produce on the Shreditor 102, but this ski doesn’t initiate into turns at lower speeds as well as the Nordica Soul Rider or Line Sir Francis Bacon (more comparisons below).

The skis’ edge hold and stability was adequate in typical, softer groomer conditions at Alta and PCMR as long as the skis had a decent tune on them. The Shreditor is not a burly, metal-laminated ski with a long effective edge, and it doesn’t feel like one.

More on Mount Point & Length Recommendations

K2 doesn’t show a “recommended” line on the Shreditor, but prints a scale on the side ranging from “0-Traditional” up to “+6.5 True Center”. As I’ve mentioned throughout the review, I’ve spent most of my time at +2 and +3 from “0.” Personally I wouldn’t recommend that anyone mount further back than  +2, since the skis tails just don’t offer enough support from that position on the ski.

Freestyle-oriented skiers interested in skiing the whole mountain hard may even want to mount a touch further forward than I was able to on the ski’s demo track, probably around +3.5 to +4 for from 0 (as I said above, I would have liked to do this myself). And those really interested in the Shreditor as a pure jib ski may want to mount even further forward, at or inside -2.5cm from true center.

The Shreditor 102 is quick and easy to ski, though not as “dead easy” as the Rossignol Soul 7. Jibby skiers will likely prefer a length they are comfortable and familiar with, while skiers looking to ski aggressively all over the mountain and be playful will likely want to size up. (K2 offers the Shreditor in a 191cm length, and I’d love to try it.)


K2 Shreditor 102 vs. Blizzard Peacemaker, 186cm

The Blizzard Peacemaker provides more torsional rigidity and more dampness than the Shreditor 102, but it feels much heavier in the air. The Peacemaker is not as easy to ski as the Shreditor 102, but feels more substantial and solid when skiing aggressively on firm snow.

vs. Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184cm

The 184cm SFB and 184cm Shreditor 102 have a very similar light feel on the snow, but some other slight differences make it really hard to decide between the two of them.

I wasn’t able to get as far forward on the Shreditor as the standard mount on the SFB (-2cm from center). But given what I have felt riding the Shreditor at -4.5cm from center, I do get the sense that the SFB feels much better all over the mountain at -2cm from center than the Shreditor would; the SFB has a slightly more stable, stiffer tip and tail flex which progressively ramps up to a stiffness underfoot that’s similar to the Shreditor.

However, at the same time, the 184cm SFB has a tighter sidecut (17.7 meters) than the 184cm Shreditor 102, which makes it more twitchy on bumpy in-runs.

With those differences and tradeoffs in mind, I would kill to ride the love child of the Shreditor and SFB, combining the SFB’s flex pattern with the Shreditor 102’s straighter shape, in about a 187cm straight-tape-pull length (just like the 190cm SFB). Hopefully we’ll get to see how close the 191 Shreditor 102 comes to this.

vs. Nordica Soul Rider, 185cm

The Soul Rider planes better in light powder than the Shreditor 102, even though it is a touch smaller underfoot (97mm). The Soul Rider is also easier to ski at slower speeds thanks to a tighter sidecut which pulls the ski into low speed turns more easily. The Shreditor 102 feels lighter, more poppy, and is still much better than the Soul Rider at ripping through soft, variable conditions.

Bottom Line

The Shreditor 102 is marketed as a one-ski quiver for both directional and more jibby skiers, and I’m inclined to agree with that.

I think anyone looking for a versatile all-mountain ski in this width should definitely take the Shreditor 102 for a ride (especially if you’re under ~170 lbs on the 184cm). In the past couple of weeks, I’ve even told about 100 times our editor-in-chief Jonathan Ellsworth, a 180 lb. skier who loves stiff, directional skis, that he has to get on the Shreditor 102.




27 comments on “2015-2016 K2 Shreditor 102”

  1. Wow great review , sounds like you really covered the bases as always. Have you ridden the Shreditor 112 or plan to, and how do the 2 compare since they are similar shape now.

  2. Hey there Jason.. Another great review.. Can I highjack it a tad? A few words on those Rossi Alltracks ? You’ve been working them a lot this season. Replaceing the Enforcers ?

    • I have been in the AllTrack Pro 130 for most of the season and really like them. I can’t say I don’t miss my Enforcer’s with intuition liners, but unfortunately that boot is completely demolished. I wouldn’t call the AllTrack Pro 130 a 130 flex boot, but they are comparable to my Enforcers (115-120ish) and very smooth, which is exactly what I like. You’ll have to try them on to see if the fit works for you. I’ve had to shim them up to take up volume over my foot.
      My pre-production boot has had a few durability problems, which is why I haven’t published a review yet. The production boot supposedly doesn’t have the problems I have experienced, but my size has been unavailable. I will post the review soon and include what Rossi has claimed to have fixed.

  3. Hi Jason

    Great review as per usual. I bought the 2012 Sickle after reading your review on Blister and love the ski for it’s versatility and useability. I ski in Whistler and it is my daily driver. I will likely be looking for a replacement for it sometime next season and was wondering if the Shreditor 102 would be a worthy replacement for the 2012 Sickle (bear in mind that I ski the 174cm Sickle so it’s only 106mm underfoot) ? I am considering going a little narrower than the 2012 Sickle to maybe around the 100mm mark for a little bit of added quickness (I have something wider for deep pow). Would welcome your thoughts.


    • Ian,
      I’m torn in my answer for you. Part of me says yes, the Shreditor could be the ski you are looking for, because you will find it a bit quicker/livelier than the Sickle. At the same time, you may find yourself missing the calm/damp feel of the Sickle, as well as the long effective edge length when the snow stiffens up.

      Unfortunately, I haven’t found a ski yet that I would consider a straight apples to apples Sickle replacement.

      • Thanks Jason. Yes, one of the best things about the Sickle for me is the dampness and the long effective edge which engages even at low edge angles. Have you had a chance to ski the new Atomic Automatic 102 or 109 at all ?

  4. Hi Jason

    sounds like the K2 Sidestash is whar you are looking for. rockered tip , flat(more substantial) tail. wish Blister would demo more K2 skis.

    • I actually have skied the SideStash quite a bit. In fact, I owned and competed on it (along with the Obsethed and Kung Fujas) for an entire season. I liked it, but in the end a directional ski with a stiff(ish) tail and very traditional mount just doesn’t fit me that well.

      We hope to get on more K2 skis for the upcoming season!

    • I’m sorry, I haven’t ridden the TST yet. I think Jonathan will riding the Shreditor 102 a little bit over the next few weeks and hopefully will be able to chime in.

  5. Great review, thank you.

    How would you compare this ski to Line Sick Day 110/95? The Shreditor has more/deeper rocker in tip and tail and should be surfier. Maybe you could share your thoughts.

  6. I have just done 12 days (New Zealand winter) on the 184cm 102s. Conditions were, as usual for NZ, all over the place from 30cms and soft, through to ice and spring slush. The review really gets it right. I might worry if I was 25lbs heavier, but I am 160lbs, and had mounts approx 2.5cm – 3cm (I have not got out the tape measure out to check) in front of manufacturers recommended, and they were a blast in anything soft. As the review said, while they do not hold a tight track over harder irregularities and they don’t respond well to just loading up the tips, if I stayed balanced and worked with (or over the top of) the contours, I found them almost bomb proof. And so much fun, I still have not stopped smiling.

  7. Hello, great review as always!

    6′ 4″, 210lbs

    I am looking for a “one-ski quiver”-ski for when I am going skiing on the long weekends, that can let me float in somewhat deep powder(but maybe that is tough considering my weight?), have fun with/playable ski, and as good as possible on the groomers. I am willing to sacrifice the skis ability to carv, because I do honestly have a lot of fun in the piste with my Hellbents, both early morning and late afternoon, and I can’t imagine a 100-110mm waist being worse than the Hellbents. I have a racing background and have just been skiing off-piste for a couple of years so I have not got a lot of experience with these skis.

    I want to be able to ride and land switch, although I do not hang in the park too much, but having fun on pillows and cliffs is the best part. I have been looking at the Sir Francis Bacon (is it unchanged for 14/15 or is it a completely new ski?), the Peacemaker and then the Shreditor 102. Are those too much jibberish for what I need? I feel the Hellbents are way too soft for me at the moment and I am looking for a one or two levels stiffer ski, although not stiff ski per se.

    I used to be 190lbs and I am trying to go down to that weight again(or more if needed), so take that in moderation.

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    Best regards, Marcel

  8. Can anyone adress whether the 2014/15 version reviewed by Jason differs sufficieintly from the 2013/14 version to offset the deep price discounts now available on the 2013/14 version?


  9. Really hoping to hear if you have been on the 189 112 yet? K2 is always bad about listing info on anything. I would be interested to see weight and radius of the 112, as well as seeing if the bigger brother of the 102 shares characteristics. As an aside, I was also looking at the J ski Friend as a comparable ski to the 112. I expect the K2 would be heavier and less poppy, but they seem similar in shape and intended use. Thanks for all the great reviews

  10. Just discovered this site and found the review unbelievably helpful and I ended up buying a pair per my little story below – thanks Jason! You should get a K2 commission. Basically I’m here to validate Jason’s review and help anyone else on the fence about giving these a try to just go do it.

    I am 6 feet tell and 185 pounds give or take and because they didn’t have the 184 available, I demo’d the 177 length this past weekend over 2 days at Mary Jane. Skied all conditions except ice and these were an absolute blast. Saturday was my first full day in-bounds since blowing out my ACL/LCL/MCL last season, and I got my confidence back real quick on these – they’re quick enough edge to edge to charge bumps and off-piste conditions with confidence knowing I could put down a real quick slash or turn to bail from anything too sketchy, and despite the general short length, I let them fly on the groom and never felt unstable – they were certainly a bit twitchy at high speed, but given the short length, that was expected. Had great fun bouncing around Mary Jane through early-season moguls, massive bumps, early-season hazards, groom, deep stuff, you name it.

    I dropped a few small rocks less than 5 feet high and didn’t feel that the tails were unstable, although they were a tad soft – put myself in the backseat the first time around, but also in part due to it being my first time charging around like a dummy in a year bc of the knee. I do agree with Jason’s insight about mounting a bit farther forward. Got two early runs on Panoramic – was one of the first 100 or so people up there for the season and the snow was mid-thigh and it was probably the most fun I’ve ever had on skis – they had plenty of float (and my usual deep snow ski is the 185 JJ) and despite the softness in the tails on the hardpack, still felt solid in the deep stuff. I’d say they have a fun bend-but-don’t-break sort of attitude. They’re playful and soft but also surprisingly retain enough stiffness when you need it.

    I was looking for an everyday setup in the 95-105 waist range that will preform on the groom but have plenty of pop and play to feel slashy and buttery – had narrowed down a number of options but these were the first I demo’d and I was easily sold. I bought a new pair in the 184 length and am having them mounted up at +3.5 from 0 based on my experience on them (soft, playful, poppy tails) and Jason’s advice which I believe to be very accurate. I intend to put some dynafits on them down the road and use as a bc setup as well.

    Lastly, considering they were demo’s, I didn’t worry about beating the hell out of them and I am sure they’ll hold up just fine – only time will tell, but the topsheets seemed in good order and the bases absorbed some solid early-season impacts without shredding to the core. Or maybe I just didn’t ski over enough rocks.

  11. Great review! Quick question: I am 5’11” 175lbs, intermediate-advanced skier. I am at the point were I am beginning to really practice bumps and explore trees. Would the 177 be an appropriate size given my skill level? Or would your recommend going with the 184?

  12. Jason, I currently ski the shreditor 102’s as my daily drivers and am looking to find some fatter powder skis that are just as playful. Any suggestions you might have based on your experience?

  13. Anyone ripping on a pair of these bad boys in a 190? I’m looking for a pair for my hubby. Anyone just not riding theirs or want to get rid of a pair of demos? :)

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