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.
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.
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