Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 2.70 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.00 / 5
Crud performance: 3.28 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.80 / 5
Pro The Stryker is the newest addition to the Apache line, and K2 builds it for a blend of performance and forgiveness. As with the Recon, the MOD dampeners are there to smooth the ride, but it’s metal-free and there’s no extra-grippy Marker Piston interface. That not only keeps the price down, it keeps the Stryker from being too headstrong at moderate speeds. Meanwhile, a 74-mm waist presents a broad, stable platform and raises its powder/crud aptitude. The Stryker never argues with you about balance point or where you should be standing on it. It works with what you bring to the game and doesn’t need to be going 40 mph to warm to the task. "Easy and uncomplicated," said Hogen. "It makes me feel competent, and isn’t that the trick?" Con Not a speed or hard-snow specialist.