There’s a lot of factors to look at when seeing what board will be the all mountain king. Can it jib, can it jump, can it carve, how about ride through chopped out terrain, and so forth. The 2014 K2 Raygun is one of those snowboards that can do it all and caters to a wide array of rider abilities. Here’s what we had to say about it.
Board: K2 Raygun
Camber Option: All Terrain Rocker. 70% flat 30% rocker.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Powder fresh powder. About a foot of fresh snow with bluebird skies and colder temps for most of the day. There was some fresh corduroy as well.
Flex: This is one of those all mountain decks with that standard all mountain flex. That means it’s softer at the ends of the tips, stiffens up as it gets closer to the insert pack, and then softens up between the feet. There’s a fair amount of torsional flex.
Stability: There are more stable boards in the K2 line but this one still gets the job done. Really rutted out terrain does give it a bit of a challenge and it can wash out. But over all this board is smooth when going through the many varying transitions in the snow.
Ollies: The rocker shape of this board gives it a skate-styled pop which makes for an easy snap off natural features and rollers. If you know how to snap a deck you can really get this one to boost hard and high or you can be lazy and just be mellow with the pop.
Pop On Jumps: Sending some natural hips this board just wanted to pop high and send it. Going through what little park the Basin has and making due with a bonk that doubles as a jump you can feel how this board absorbs the transition and hits the lip.
Butterability: The softer flex in the tips coupled with the rocker blends together to make for an easier pressing board. This makes butters come with ease.
Jibbing: Well with rocker you can really lean into presses so that comes with ease. The flex of this board actually makes jibbing easy. Over all this board can slide a rail or box.
Carving: The sidecut is enough to dig in and hold on but not lay a really aggressive trench in the snow.
Rider in Mind: All mountain rider that does a mix of it all from beginner to advanced.
Personal Thoughts: I’ve always liked the shape of this board and how versatile it is. When a company can make a board that a beginner can ride but still feel solid for an advanced rider they’ve done something right. This is that board. Whether I was launching cornices, blasting pow, or sliding a rail this board did it all with ease and just wanted to do more.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the K2 Snowboards Rockies Rep