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K2 Ender

- published March 2017

89

2017

RATINGS

Fit/Comfort
9
Weight/Response
8
Durability
9
Versatility
7
Traction
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

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THE GOOD

  • A mix of high-tech and traditional technology
  • Reliable Vibram outsole
  • Heat moldable insole

THE BAD

  • Laces are slow & can be tough to fine-tune
  • Only comes in gray

THE VERDICT

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.

FULL REVIEW

Fit/Comfort
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/Response
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.

Durability
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
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
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.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other snowboard boot test, snowboard tests, helmet tests, and other related snowboarding gear tests

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.

About the Author

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Los Angeles. A snowboarder, cyclist, and motorcycle guy, he skied 76 days last winter. He’s written about the outdoors for more than 16 years.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$349.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit/Comfort
9
Weight/Response
8
Durability
9
Versatility
7
Traction
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

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