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K2 Reckoner 112 2020 – 2021 | Review

Versatile and lively powder boards, K2 are onto a winner with the all-new Reckoner 112

Why we chose the K2 Reckoner 112: Playful, versatile, soft snow performance

Lengths (cm): 177, 184, 191
Sidecut (mm): 136-112-127
Radius: 23m
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,000g
Price: £545

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The K2 Reckoner 112 sits in the centre of K2’s all new Reckoner range of skis. Promising to be a big-mountain twin tip that likes to “float the pow, smash the pillows, slash the wind lips, bust the crud, and stomp the landings, forwards or backwards.”

In short, the K2 Reckoner 112 sits in that category of fat skis that like to keep things loose in the backcountry, similar to that of the Armada ARV 116 JJ. While the beefed up Armada ARV 116 JJ felt like a backcountry ski with a freeride focus, the K2 Reckoner 112 feels like a backcountry ski with a freestyle focus.

“Float the pow, smash the pillows, slash the wind lips, bust the crud, and stomp the landings”

K2 Reckoner 112 Build

Similar to the Reckoner 102, the Reckoner 112 is built around a medium stiffness; one that’ll not feel too demanding when you’re turning up the style dials in the backcountry. K2’s carbon fibre Spectral Braid technology has been used, and it sits above a ‘Double Barrel’ wood core.

This is the exact same core that’s found on the Reckoner 102. Two different woods have been used in parallel to each other here: Aspen and Fir. Lightweight and poppy Aspen has been used in the centre of the core, with a denser Fir flanking either side of the Aspen. This best of both worlds approach beefs up the durability of the core, while avoiding the dreaded ‘dead’ feeling that many dense woods bring with them.

The Spectral Braid has been designed with an adaptive weave. Depending where on the ski they wish to boost the stiffness, K2 are able to adjust the weave to reflect this. Starting at the tips the braid is very open, before it tightens down as you head to the centre. Then, as you reach the tails, the braid begins to open back out again.

This simple application gives the Reckoner 112 decent levels of performance, while also making sure things remaining lightweight and playful. We saw similar bit of braid  / weave technology used by Armada with their ‘Adaptive Mesh’ on last year’s Armada Tracer 118 CHX and were big fans of it then. Running alongside the Spectral Braid are longitudinal carbon stringers that help to further ramp up the Reckoner 112’s responsiveness (this does bump the weight up slightly). 

K2 Reckoner 112 Shaping

There’s nothing surprising in terms of shaping here. This is a playful powder ski. For that reason, it comes packing a good deal of rocker – both in the tips and tails. Similar to the Reckoner 102, this rocker travels deep into the ski, helping to keep things pivot-y in 3D snow. 3 mm of camber underfoot here adds a little extra pop and rebound.

“We see it sitting towards the top of its class … of 110 mm plus freestyle focused powder skis”

Who Is The K2 Reckoner 112 For?

If you’ve been looking at the K2 Reckoner 102 or Volkl Revolt 104, but would prefer something a touch stiffer and with more of a soft snow bias, then these are going to be a solid choice.

The versatile flex rating will appeal to a wide audience. Intermediates, that are after a forgiving and manoeuvrable powder ski, and advanced to expert freestyle skiers looking to move away from the park gates in favour of boosting off whatever natural terrain stands in their way.

The Reckoner may be new this year, but we see it sitting towards the top of its class in the ever-expanding category of 110 mm plus freestyle focused powder skis.

What Is The K2 Reckoner 112 Good At?

Freestyle: 8/10
Powder: 8/10
Charging: 8/10

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