The 2014 K2 Peacekeeper is one of those big powder gun snowboards that has one purpose and one purpose only, which is to slay powder. Is this going to be a powder board for everyone? Probably not but it definitely is for those that ride hard, fast, and aggressive lines.
Board: K2 Peacekeeper
Camber Option: BC Baseline. Flat from the middle of the front inserts to just past the back inserts and then rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: They reported 4 inches of snow over night but it was closer to six. The problem was the previous days 50 degree temps caused it to be dust on crust. But as the day went on it just kept snowing and filling in tracks. Nothing like shredding inside a snow globe.
Flex: It’s your traditional pow board flex pattern. Softer in the nose and stiffening up as you head back towards the tail. Torsionally there isn’t too much give when you center flex twist this deck. The short of it is this board is meant to charge pow lines at high speeds.
Stability: Seeing as we were fighting death chunder all day this board was put through the test. The rocker shape allows you to cruise up and over whatever is underneath the snow. Over all the board is damp yet lively which is a rarity in most powder boards as they just end up dead and damp.
Ollies/Pop: The snap off the tail is ample for hitting little rock poppers and bush blasters. Like I said this board is meant to charge hard and really push where you’re going.
Butterability: I attempted one pow butter and lets just say a 62 is not a little deck to throw around nor is this board ideal for riding switch. It’s do able but I’d stick with keeping this board going one way down hill.
Carving: The sidecut isn’t crazy aggressive so railing hard Euro carves might take a bit more effort but it’s enough to lock in and grip through a turn. Lets face the facts this board is meant to be ridden in pow and less on a groomer so go float the white soft stuff and leave the groomers for another board in the K2 lineup.
Rider in Mind: The pow guy that’s going to charge straight down the line he wants and not falter
Personal Thoughts: The tip shape is amazing for plowing through snow and Tweakend just makes so much sense especially when planing across a pow field. This board is just a pow riders dream. The snap from the Ollie Bar really helps with jump turns when you’re in bumped out steeper terrain as well.
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Disclaimer: This board was lent to us for product review from the K2 Snowboards Rockies Rep