The Happy Hour from K2 Snowboards is a deck we’ve ridden since its inception. Its design makes people believe it’s more for powder with the stabby tips. While its flex says ‘hey I’m here for the party’. So if you want to have a board that’s a jack of all trades but master to none then you might want to read this review.
Board: K2 Happy Hour
Camber Option: Precision Lifted Tweakend. The new version of camber from K2 where it’s flat zone into a slight up-kick. Tweakend then gives the tips more surface area to press and play on.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Firm snow, sunny blue skies, occasional wind gusts, and early morning cooler spring temps.
Flex: The Tweakend makes this board seem more flexible in the tips. Its just the way it works at giving more surface area to play with. The board is stiffer through the middle and inserts then softer in the tips. It borders less on being an all mountain freestyle flex and goes to the side of freestyle twin park.
Stability: The vast majority of the stable zone on this board is from insert pack to insert pack. The tips have a lot of chatter in them at speed.
Ollies: There’s enough pop to boost a roller, pop over a slow sign, and get on or over a feature. The carbon ollie bar really helps.
Pop On Jumps: This board can send a jump with ease. That’s pretty much a guaranteed due to it having the newest version of camber.
Butterability: The Tweakend in the tips really lets you get over the board as you play around on the snow. It’s actually really easy to butter on this board but the Lifted camber profile gives rebound and snap.
Jibbing: This board locks into presses really well, sometimes a little too well as I felt I was going over the handlebars on nose presses. Over all though jibbing was not an issue.
Carving: The sidecut locks in real well for tight quick turns. Longer drawn out carves take a bit more effort. On ice or excessively firm snow I did notice this deck would wash out at times.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestyle rider that will spend equal amounts of time in the park as well as on the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: I don’t remember this board being this soft in the tips. There was just an abundance of play to the point it was a bit sloppy when really pressing hard into it. Overall though the board does live up to the marketing they put behind it.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the K2 Rockies Rep. This was a pre-production model, there could be changes in the production model.