The Eco Lite is a board that girls in the know look at and say I could ride that, while those that are coming from the outside wonder how a board with rocker can handle riding the halfpipe. Zara our resident female tester takes out the 2014 model of this snowboard and puts it through the paces.
Board: K2 Eco Lite
Camber Option: All Terrain Baseline. Medium amount of rockers in the tip, flat everywhere else.
Bindings: Salomon Absolute Pure
Stance: 21 Inches Wide 15 Negative 15 Regular
Boots: Salomon Kianna Size 6
My Weight: 148
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Just another slushy spring day full of sunshine at the Basin. This made the snow highly chundery and playful.
Flex: As Gretchen Bleiler rides this for halfpipe it is a bit on the stiffer side making it more versatile for charging than jibbing. I would say it’s somewhere past a middle of the road flex.
Stability: Have you ever rode a halfpipe? You need stability when charging through those icy tubes of death. This board has that.
Ollies: As this is a board you can ride in the pipe it has snap for ollies. I wouldn’t say it was the poppiest deck on the planet but it got the job done for ollieing off rollers and over moguls.
Pop On Jumps: Now jumps is where this board wants to boost. Load that tail up and snap. Sure A Basin didn’t have what most normal would people would consider jumps but The Angry One showed me the joys of the 90’s by creating lips on all the sides of the trails to send it.
Butterability: It does have a slight rocker in the tips which makes it playful. If you’re a skilled rider buttering around is not a problem.
Jibbing: This board locks in to presses if you’re aware of how to get your weight over a board. I never had a problem where I felt it was too much board to slide a box or rail.
Carving: Not bad but to be fair this board at 145cm’s is smaller than I personally prefer. Had the it been a bit longer it would have charged along with no issues.
Rider in Mind: This board is made for the girl who wants to charge and expects a certain performance. This is ideal for the aggressive all mountain rider who knows exactly where she wants to go shred and how she wants the board to feel under foot.
Personal Thoughts: This was one the boards I was most excited to try out. I had heard nothing but good things, and none of them led me astray. As admitted before, the board I got to ride was a tad too short for my height and build, but it still was fun and a pleasure to ride. This is a deck I would choose to have for my days in the trees, steep cruising, and an all mountain adventure day.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the K2 Snowboarding Rockies Rep.