This past season we were blessed to ride a lot of powder in the late season, especially compared to the year before. This allowed us to test a lot of the new powder shapes on the market. All snowboards should be able to ride powder because that’s initially what they were invented for. The stand out performance of the best powder board we rode was the K2 Ultra Dream. Here’s why.
Board: K2 Ultra Dream
Camber Option: All Terrain Baseline. Flat from just before the insert packs with rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Puking snow on top of a half of foot of fresh that had a crust layer underneath. At points you couldn’t see 10 feet in front of you.
Flex: Some give in the tips, stiffening up under foot, and finally softening up between the feet. The torsional give is just enough to allow you to center twist the board while carving. Over all it’s a solid all mountain freestyle flex that makes it playful but yet supportive for charging.
Stability: Hitting chundery pushed around pow this board didn’t buck me one bit, it just absorbed the impact and kept on going. It’s stable, slightly damp, yet lively which are just amazing characteristics in a board.
Ollies/Pop: The board has snap for hitting natural features which just makes it a super fun ride. It’s a very skate inspired styled pop which means you’re not having to load up to boost you can just charge and go.
Butterability: This board is meant to pow butter. The tip shape coupled with Tweakend just gives you so much surface area to play with in the deep stuff. Doing high speed pow butters has never been this easy and it just wants to keep going.
Carving: You can rail hard turns on groomed surfaces with ease. I was getting deep transitioning from edge to edge and not worrying about it washing out. K2 knows how to make a sidecut.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s pursuing powder but still needs a deck that can handle the rest of the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: This board is the Turbo Dream on crack or steroids or steroids infused with crack. You can just charge so fast without it washing out. The tip shape is so ideal for powder riding it just pushes the snow outward and lets you get up on top of it. The pop is more than ample for killing it on natural features and I would dare say this board could be fun in a powder park (park jumps covered in powder). Over all if you’re looking for a board that stands above the rest for being playful but forceful this is something to check out.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the K2 Snowboards Rockies Rep.