Model: Reckoner 92 Alliance
Overall Ranking: #1
Overall Score: 3.38 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
149, 159, 169
14m (159cm length)
Waist Width (mm)
Stability at Speed
2.56 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
4.33 / 5
4.33 / 5
3.72 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
2.72 / 5
3.00 / 5
Balance of Skills
3.28 / 5
2.78 / 5
This Value category is all about reducing entry barriers to our sport, and for that, the K2 Reckoner 92 Alliance hits the nail on the head. Testers skied the 149cm length at the test, which is much too short for most ladies (even beginners), but even so they had a good time boppin’ around in bumps and showing off short turns on the groomed.
Testers praised the Reckoner 92 Alliance’s quickness and playfulness above all else, traits that come naturally to the ski thanks to its pronounced twintip profile which reduces the effective edge and makes these skis smear like butter knives.
This may not be a great quality for the aggressive East Coaster trying to cut into boilerplate, but it’s great for beginners and intermediates who are learning how to ski the ungroomed in soft snow conditions. It also makes the Reckoner 92 Alliance an ideal bump ski.
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“For a beginner skier, these would be perfect,” comments tester Courtney Harkins. “They’re a little noodley but make it so simple to get around bumps and trees. Easy to ski and would make little slalom turns that beginners would enjoy and inspire them to keep skiing.”
Testers believe that more advanced ladies could also have fun on these if they size up to the 169cm length. “I thought these would ski like snowblades but they actually skied well,” comments tester Katie Ryan. “The ski integrity is up there with the rest. I just need it to be a foot longer.”
But even in the longer length, the K2 Reckoner 92 Alliance is not really designed to charge at speed or tackle heavy crud—it’s just a little too lightweight for that. “They’re fun and playful, but not stable,” notes tester Forreste Peterson.
For this reason, testers recommend the K2 Reckoner 92 Alliance to newer or younger skiers who need an easy ski to teach them to have fun all over the mountain. As tester Georgie Bremner puts it: “These are a match made in heaven for a teenage girl looking to step up her adventuring to a new level.”
- Strengths: Quickness (1st in category), Playfulness (1st)
- Weaknesses: Hard-Snow Integrity (3rd), Stability at Speed (3rd)