- A mix of high-tech and traditional technology
- Reliable Vibram outsole
- Heat moldable insole
- Laces are slow & can be tough to fine-tune
- Only comes in gray
The K2 Ender is a medium weight boot on the softer side of the all mountain spectrum. It is comfortable both on the hill and while getting to and from the mountain—perfect for riders who want an all-mountain freestyle boot. The Boa system for securing the ankle is creates a snug fit—better than any other single Boa boots. But the forefoot lacing can be tough to fine tune.
The K2 Ender is for riders who like a softer boot and laces. Benefits of the analog tightening system is less looseness over the course of the day as Boa can loosen up more quickly. But it’s tougher to fine tune the fit with laces. Thankfully, the Ender has a separate Boa system to cinch down a rider’s ankle that is better placed than most to lock the rider’s ankles in place. Thanks to a moldable insole, fit can be customized, and this makes the break-in period almost non-existent, and makes a boot that’s comfortable out of the box even more so. The K2 Ender was the most comfortable boot in the test, partially due to a midsole that does a great job sucking up impacts from jumps and bad snow.
Weight wise, it’s competitive with others in the test, just a bit lighter thanks to an innovative exoskeleton. Since the K2 Ender is soft, response is not as lightning quick as the other two boots tested.
The K2 Ender is infused with urethane that makes it feel springy and wear better than the competition. The Vibram sole on the Ender is top notch. We’ve had similar soles on other boots, and they provide great traction and durability.
Versatility is fine, but versatility isn’t the point of the K2 Ender—surfy turns are its modus operandi, not hard boot adjacent GS turns.
Traction on the K2 Ender is great in both the sidecountry, when bootpacking to get fresh lines. Traction is also good on the black ice you often find in the parking lot.
How We Tested It
The boots in this test were used inbounds and off-piste in variable snow conditions at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mammoth Mountain and in the Eastern Sierra as well as at various resorts in Utah.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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