While it wasn’t an inventive year for new boards, K2 managed to roll out the Hit Machine. Touted as a jump board for those that like rocker it wasn’t as good as the hype. Here’s how it stacked up.
Board: K2 Hit Machine
Camber Option: Freestyle Baseline. So it’s a rocker profile flat between the feet and just past the inserts then rocker coupled with their new Tweakend.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Blowing wind, flat light, some snow falling, and general shitty conditions. Winter is drunk and it won’t go home.
Flex: This board is a little bit stiffer of a twin park deck. The rocker/tweakend combo gives some play in the tips then it just stiffens up right before the inserts through the center of the board. The torsional flex is also rather stiff.
Stability: It’s not overly stable you can feel a lot of the vibrations and changes in the terrain. This board just didn’t absorb chatter like you might expect from a K2.
Ollies: Finding the sweet spot to initiate pop is a bit of a challenge. Then once you do you might be let down with how dead popping this thing felt. It just didn’t want to snap the way you would expect for a rockered board.
Pop On Jumps: Do able but not something to write home about. Then again having to make do with what could constitute a jump at A basin is a bit sketchy.
Butterability: The flex wasn’t the best for getting up on the tips and playing around. High speed buttering is recommended but anything slow and lazy you might want to look elsewhere.
Jibbing: Same as buttering this board was a bitch to lock into presses. Yeah you can jib on it but once again I recommend doing it at high speeds like you’re mobbing through a slopestyle course.
Carving: It’s been a long time and I mean a real long time since I felt like I was going to wash out on a K2 board, but this board did that. Digging in hard on carves it would just kick out and I’d find myself on my ass. Sure in soft snow it would dig in but it never felt like it was going through a dynamic arc through a hard carve.
Rider in Mind: Probably a slopestyle rider that’s going straight into things and only mildly turning.
Personal Thoughts: Like the book Everybody Poops, ever company makes a turd. This in my opinion is K2’s turd. It was just a let down because on paper this board would seem like a high end freestyle destroyer I would enjoy. But sadly it is not and I found myself cursing its existence all day. It was just such a mediocre board that it was a let down.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from the K2 Snowboards Rockies rep.