2020-2021 K2 Reckoner 102

Ski: 2020-2021 K2 Reckoner 102, 184 cm

Available Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 184.1 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1896 & 1942 grams

Stated Dimensions: 134-102-127 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 133.3-101.6-126.4 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 19.3 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 58 mm / 51 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5.5 mm

Core: aspen/fir + carbon stringers & “Spectral Braid” + fiberglass laminate

Base: sintered

Factory Recommended Mount Point:

  • “Midsole”: -4.25 cm from center; 87.8 cm from tail
  • “Team”: -2.15 cm from center; 89.9 cm from tail
Luke Koppa reviews the K2 Reckoner 102 for Blister
K2 Reckoner 102
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

As the narrowest ski in K2’s new Reckoner collection, the Reckoner 102 slots into a crowded, but often quite versatile category of ~100mm-wide, playful all-mountain skis.

Along with the Reckoner 112 and Reckoner 122, the Reckoner 102 represents a new, and pretty different, direction for K2’s freestyle skis, and we’re quite excited about the whole collection.

I just started getting time on the Reckoner 102, and Blister Members can check out our Flash Review for our initial on-snow impressions. While we continue spending time on the ski, let’s take a closer look at the Reckoner 102’s design:

What K2 says about the Reckoner 102

“From deep pow to the park and everywhere in between, the Reckoner 102 heeds the call. So whether you’re whipping cork threes off cattracks or pivoting through tight East Coast trees, the Reckoner 102 will treat you right. Mash, bash, and float. Jump, bounce, and charge. It’s the ski you need. Like, actually need.”

I’ve been reading a lot of ski descriptions lately and it’s making me realize how similar most of them are. Apparently, every ski is supposed to do everything well, including the Reckoner 102. And apparently, you “actually need” the Reckoner 102.

Anyway, this isn’t a jab at K2’s marketing in particular, more just my mind going a bit numb after reading too many ski descriptions. But we’ll certainly be using the Reckoner 102 in a wide range of conditions to really see how warranted K2’s claims are regarding the versatility of this ski.

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Reckoner 102 does not have a super tapered shape. Interestingly, it’s even slightly less tapered than the 96mm-wide K2 Poacher.

Overall, the Reckoner 102’s shape is fairly similar to the Moment PB&J, though the PB&J is a bit more tapered, and then there are skis like the Fauna Pioneer and Faction Prodigy 3.0, which are much more tapered than the Reckoner 102.

Conversely, the Reckoner 102 has pretty deep rocker lines for a ski of its width. The tip and tail rise are pretty subtle / low-slung until the ends of the ski, but the rocker lines themselves are pretty deep, particularly compared to something like the Armada Edollo, Fischer Ranger 102 FR (at least in the tail), and Line Blend. The Reckoner 102 still has a notable amount of camber underfoot, and its rocker profile is nearly symmetrical.

All in all, I like this design; the subtle tip and tail taper and low-slung rocker lines seem like they’ll offer lots of edge-length to engage when tipped over, but the rocker lines are still pretty deep and that usually equates to a surfier ski that’s easy to pivot.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Reckoner 102:

Tips: 5.5-6
Shovels: 6-6.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 7-9
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 9-7
Tails: 6.5-6

This is not a stiff ski. The Reckoner 102 starts quite soft at the tips, there’s a slow (but smooth) increase in stiffness as you move to the middle, the underfoot section is nice and strong, and then there’s another slow and smooth ramp-down in stiffness as you move the tail. The flex pattern of the Reckoner 102 is quite round / symmetrical, with a very subtle difference between the tips and tails.

The Reckoner 102 is much softer than the Moment PB&J, ON3P Magnus 102, and Faction Prodigy 3.0, but not as soft as the Line Blend. The Reckoner 102 is the softest of the three Reckoners that we’ve flexed, with the Reckoner 112 and 122 having stiffer tips and tails and flex patterns that ramp-up quicker near the middle of the ski.

Mount Point

Like the other Reckoners, the Reckoner 102 came with two mount points: “midsole” and “team.”

The “midsole” line is around -4.2 cm from true center, while the “team” line is around -2.1 cm from true center.

As with the other Reckoners, both of the Reckoner 102’s mount points are quite close to center, and far from traditional.

Weight

The Reckoner 102 is a fairly light ski, but looking at today’s market, it’s weight isn’t anything super out of the ordinary (particularly for a playful ski).

At an average weight of 1919 grams per ski for the 184 cm version, the Reckoner 102 is much lighter than the Faction Prodigy 3.0, ON3P Magnus 102, K2 Marksman, Dynastar Menace 98, and Nordica Soul Rider 97, but it’s similar compared to the Moment PB&J and Prior Northwest 100.

For reference, here are our measured weights for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to keep things apples to apples.

1787 & 1793 Fauna Pioneer, 184 cm (19/20)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1875 & 1881 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1896 & 1942 K2 Reckoner 102, 184 cm (20/21)
1903 & 1912 Moment PB&J, 188 cm (19/20)
2002 & 2014 J Skis Allplay, 184 cm (16/17–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2006 & 2065 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2019 & 2022 Rossignol BLACKOPS Holyshred, 182 cm (18/19–20/21)
2027 & 2052 K2 Reckoner 112, 184 cm (20/21)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2049 & 2053 Whitedot Altum 104, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2067 & 2074 Line Blend, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2080 & 2089 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm (17/18–19/20)
2089 & 2105 Nordica Soul Rider 97, 185 cm (12/13–20/21)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2111 & 2125 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2113 & 2140 Armada ARV 106, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
2126 & 2136 ON3P Magnus 102, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2133 & 2134 Faction Prodigy 3.0, 183 cm (18/19–19/20)
2144 & 2153 K2 Marksman, 184 cm (16/17–19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20)
2221 & 2245 ON3P Jeffrey 108, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2222 & 2229 Dynastar Menace 98, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) Given its low weight and softer flex pattern, how stable will the Reckoner 102 be at higher speeds and more variable snow?

(2) K2 is certainly emphasizing the Reckoner 102’s versatility, so just how well will it handle everything from pow to the park?

(3) The Reckoner 102’s design looks pretty freestyle oriented, but should some directional skiers be considering it as a more playful, all-mountain option?

Bottom Line (For Now)

On paper, the new K2 Reckoner 102 looks like it’ll be a very playful ski, and it looks like it has the potential to be pretty versatile. Blister Members can check out our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review linked below, then stay tuned for the full review.

Flash Review

Blister Members can now check out our Flash Review of the Reckoner 102 for our initial impressions. Become a Blister member now to check out this and all of our Flash Reviews, plus get exclusive deals and discounts on skis, and personalized gear recommendations from us.

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3 comments on “2020-2021 K2 Reckoner 102”

  1. interesting blend of the marksmen/catamaran and new mindbender series.

    this could be an awesome “need one ski to do everything” set up.

  2. “The Reckoner 102 vs. Revolt 104 comparison is going to be gooooood.”
    I’ve skied both. The Revolt 104 is more stable, very similar to the old Gotama. Loved it! Reckoner is lighter and a bit softer.

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