Like the K2 WWW but don’t like the jump in the price? Yeah that’s what the Playback was invented for it’s a snowboard on a pricepoint. So hit some rocks, jib some kids, and slay the stunt obstacle course for 2014.
Board: K2 Playback
Camber Option: Freestyle Baseline. Predominately flat board with a minimal rocker towards the tip.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Flat light, slightly slushy yet fast snow, and a little bit of wind. The recipe for a grey overcast spring day.
Flex: This is basically the equivalent of a slightly downgraded World Wide Weapon so you can rest assured knowing it’s soft. How soft? Well lets say I wouldn’t go straight lining mogul fields in spring or hitting a jump over 30 feet with it.
Stability: Throw that out the window you will feel everything with this board it’s that soft.
Ollies: Skate inspired pop is what this board has. So don’t worry about having to pre-load the tail to get snap you can just last minute pop it down and go for it.
Pop On Jumps: Well the flex absorbs a tranny really well but I don’t think you would want to send a jump over 30 feet on this unless you’re committed to landing bolts.
Butterability: Well the flex and minimal rocker really make this board ideal for buttering the muffin. So get pressy and spin around on those tips.
Jibbing: Here’s where this board excels out of all the rigors I put it through. If you want to press you can be lazy and lean back or ollie into it and land on the tips and flex the crap out of this board and feel locked in. At the price point this board is in don’t feel bad slamming it into rails and abusing it like a red headed stepchild.
Carving: Unlike the WWW the sidecut is a little tighter so you can carve a little harder but be prepared for the tail to wash out if you center flex the board too much. If on flatter groomers this board is great for carving getting into steeper terrain it does buckle a little bit.
Rider in Mind: Price conscious park slayer.
Personal Thoughts: This board is essentially a downgraded WWW and it reminds me of the older shape of the Weapon. The flex is great for pressing and playing around. The snap is just mediocre at best. Over all it’s a board you can put a beginner on to progress with or a park kid that’s just going to hammer it on rails.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from the K2 Snowboards Rockies rep.