K2 Ryker 2016 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
The K2 Ryker has a BOA on the outside and speed lace for the liner. The Ryker is a good boot for the committed beginner/intermediate or a rider that gets up 15-30 days a year on the hill.
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Reduced Footprint: Not much is reduced here and it’s one of the longer thicker boots out there for its size.
Flex: Pretty middle ground
Comfort: Even K2’s middle to lower end boots like the Ryker offers very comfortable boots that fit a wide variety of feet.
Heel Hold: The speed lace does almost as good a job as the BOA for locking in the ankle/heel in but the K2 Inner/Outer double BOA does a better job.
Adjustability: The Ryker is not going for upper and lower adjustability and it’s working to offer a quick way to get the boot ready to ride. So it’s quick but it offers no way to make the upper and lower part adjust to your feet/shins. It’s all about cranking down the ankle.
Flex Retention: The K2 Ryker will hold up pretty well but we wouldn’t say this is a top choice for a 100 day a year rider. It’s definitely doable if you’re on a budget but it just doesn’t have the flex retention that some of the other K2 Boots do.
Response: There is a nice middle ground flex that most riders could appreciate in the park or on the mountain with an easy to moderate turning board. It can even handle semi-challenging boards with a good pair of bindings.
Traction: It’s got a single mold sole and that usually makes for a less than ideal boot when it comes to traction. It’s better than a lot of boots with this design though.
Shock Absorption: Harshmellow tech is a good thing and offers very good shock absorption for even the lower end boot like the K2 Ryker. It can handle bad landings as well as bad landings can be.
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