2014 K2 Happy Hour Snowboard Used and Reviewed
Who says you camber is dead and it couldn’t be reinvented? Well leave it to K2 to add it back to their line after touting how great rocker has been the last few years. The new 2014 Happy Hour gets to be the guinea pig for this new camber and why not it’s the snowboard of choice for a lot of their team.
Board: K2 Happy Hour
Camber Option: Precision Baseline. This is a hard one to describe. Think of it like a camrocker but with some tweaks. Instead of the camber being an arc it’s flat then it kinks down like a reverse rocker where it blends into the tip kicks. This gives it the snap of camber but the playfulness of rocker.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: The day started off with serious flat light to the point you couldn’t see the snow definition at the tip of your board, with firmer snow, and some winds. Then the sun broke through the gray layer making visibility better and softening up the snow.
Flex: Right where the flat camber point ends and it kinks down there is a lot of flex making the tips playful. From insert to insert it’s about middle of the road flex. The torsional give is just enough to center twist the board while carving.
Stability: This board is super stable for charging with regardless if it’s frozen death moguls or spring slush push mounds. Don’t fear charging with this.
Ollies: This board has snap, but two kinds. You can be powerful and load the the tail up to get the boost you want or you can be skate-styled and do it last minute. That’s the beauty of this camber profile.
Pop On Jumps: Off of a tranny and out of the lip this board boosts. It’s one of those boards that has the force to make sure you can make it to your desired landing location. Small to large jumps are not going to be an issue at all.
Butterability: It does take a slight bit more effort to get this board to butter around due to the flex and camber profile but it’s not one of those decks that makes it impossible to perform. The Stabby Tips sometimes do catch so be prepared for that.
Jibbing: Stabby Tips aren’t exactly the best on wide boxes if you get really up on the tip in a press. But other than that this board locks in with a little bit of effort and holds the press. The camber zone between the feet locks in great for a board slide as well.
Carving: Like railing hard turns? Then you’ll love this board you can lay a trench and transition over from edge to edge the whole way down the mountain. This board is designed to be aggressive when you want to or lazy if you need.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s charging the whole mountain as their personal skatepark, whether it’s powder or rails they’ll do it all.
Personal Thoughts: I wasn’t sure how the new camber profile would work out, but I have to say I love it. It’s aggressive when you need it but mellow if you want to be lazy. The fact you can get two different kinds of pop out of this board depending on your mood is ideal. The one thing that does suck is catching that Stabby Tip when spinning off natural features or bonking various obstacles on the hill. But on a plus side you can poke people in the side of their foot in the lift line.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the K2 Snowboarding Rockies rep.