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K2 Shreditor 102 as PNW Powder Ski?

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Skiing in a foot of fresh, cold powder today at Hood, figured I should really invest in a powder ski.   Love my 2011 K2 Rictors and got an advert from REI that they have the K2 Shreditor 102 on sale, flat, for $329.

 

Looks like it would be a good powder ski at 102 vs. my 80 Rictors.  Similar rocker, camber specs as my Rictor so I thought it would be good powder ski for my mostly PNW (Whistler, Hood) skiing with a usual week in Park City.

 

It got some top reviews by the usual suspects.

 

Anyone ski the Shreditor 102 in PNW conditions?

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Here's my take from a recent post:

 

The 189cm K2 Shreditor 102's blew me away on piste.  (Note the length-- 189cm.)  Having a strongly rockered tips and tails, I didn't expect to like them much.  I'm a hard-charging skier in the purely forward direction, but they felt long, edgy and damp.  A plank on the snow-- a lot like my 183cm un-rockered Head Monster 82's!   On the firm and grippy groomers they reminded me of my GS skis of yore.

 

Their stiffness is about medium-- I'd guess like K2 Sidestashes and just less than Line Influence 105s.

 

Off piste they steered really well when driven.  They gave me confidence to charge through trees and cliffy areas more than I had earlier in the day.  I have no use for rockered tails, but they didn't seem to hurt anything.

 

At 189cm, they're a big ski for me (155 lbs. and 58 years), so I tried the 179's.  YUCK!  There's a huge difference between the two.  The 179's are much softer and feel like greasy, short barrel staves.

 

So the 189cm model is my new favorite big mountain ski.  Better than Volkl Katanas (too much rocker), Dynastar 105s (too much rocker and too stiff), K2 Sidestashes (too much rocker), Nordica Girishs (too stiff) and maybe Influence 105s (too stiff) for me.

 

 

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Thanks for the info.  I was looking at the 169 for me, 160#'s, as I like to turn a lot even in powder and wanted the shortest radius.  In the video they do look floppy and that is the larger ski in the video.

 

Alternative was the ONP (local PDX ski company) and looking at their Jeronimo at 171cm and 98 under foot.  A lot more float than my 167/80 Rictor.

 

Then again, considering what passes for powder most of the time here, maybe I should just upgrade my do it all ski to 170 K2 90XTI which is similar to my current ski but 90 under foot and 132 nose vs. 127.  Probably adding 10% of float to a ski that already gets it done.

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If you can, look for a shredditor 112 if you want to ski a shorter length. The 102,is very soft in the ends and needs to be skied long.

I think you're idea about the 90 XTI isn't bad. There are also a lot of deals on annex 98's around.
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

If you can, look for a shredditor 112 if you want to ski a shorter length. The 102,is very soft in the ends and needs to be skied long.

I think you're idea about the 90 XTI isn't bad. There are also a lot of deals on annex 98's around.

 

They do have the Shredditor 112 for $389 and in the 169cm. 

 

That sounds like a better option. 

 

Thanks for the nod on the 90XTI Rictor. It would be tempting considering how well the 80 Rictor does in all conditions for me.  I like the single ski mode of operation. Get hollered at by my UT ski buds for the one ski mode but they have a garage full of powder skis I can use when I'm out there.

 

Then again, reading the reviews of Ski.com, the 90 might not be as turny as my 80 Rictor for every day skiing and the 112 would give me the powder day option.

 

What to do, what to do.


Edited by Eagles Pdx - 4/27/14 at 5:35pm
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I'm 5-11, 170 lbs. Took both the 102 and 112 out in the 179 cm length on a hard pack day. I loved the 102 and it was a lot of fun on the groomer (I'm not much of a groomer fan and don't have skis that really maximize fun there). I almost didn't take the 112 out because it seemed like the wrong ski for the day, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was surprisingly nimble! If you're going for a powder/soft snow ski, and you have something you still enjoy on the firm, I would definitely get the 112.
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Originally Posted by lloydd View Post
 It was surprisingly nimble! If you're going for a powder/soft snow ski, and you have something you still enjoy on the firm, I would definitely get the 112.

That was my intent, something specifically for the powder, big snow days.  I love my K2 Rictors and even today, 16" of powder, they were a lot of fun.

 

Sounds like the 112 as a my powder ski is the way to go.  Of course, after seeing the ad, REI is out of the 169/112.

 

Ah...but Backcountry.com has it for $464.00.   I'll sit on it and see if their price comes down as the new models come in.

 

Think that's how I'll go.

 

1. K2 2011 Rictor for everyday.

2. K2 Shreditor 112 for big snow days.


Edited by Eagles Pdx - 4/27/14 at 9:33pm
post #8 of 10
Nice 2 ski quiver for you.
post #9 of 10
Sounds like a great quiver. I bet you end up skiing the 112 on anything remotely soft. The other ski in that class that I really enjoyed was the hoji. Loose and surfy when u wanted it to be and locked down and stable when you needed that.
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Originally Posted by lloydd View Post

Sounds like a great quiver. I bet you end up skiing the 112 on anything remotely soft. The other ski in that class that I really enjoyed was the hoji. Loose and surfy when u wanted it to be and locked down and stable when you needed that.

 

I'm going to go for the 169 cm on the Shreditor 112 which will be the shortest turning radius, 18m, on the powder ski so you may be right.

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