The K2 Subculture features K2’s Lifted Precision camber profile which is their answer to how every other company is slowly incorporating camber 2.0 into their line up. Just read the review and you’ll understand more about this board.
Board: K2 Subculture
Camber Option: Precision Lifted. A flat camber zone through the majority of the board with a rocker up at the tips.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, wind gusts, fresh corduroy on the lower mountain, 2 to 4 inches up high, and colder temps.
Flex: This is a slightly stiffer all mountain freestyle deck. The tips have some play in it but after the rocker zone that blends into the lifted camber area it progressively stiffens up to the insert pack then softens up between the feet.
Stability: There was enough dampening in this deck to lessen the micro vibrations you get when riding around on firm groomers. Getting into choppy terrain you can feel the transitions in the terrain but it wasn’t enough to buck you. Over all this board is slightly damp but edges more on the lively side of things.
Ollies: Lifted is K2’s new incarnation of camber and it works better than traditional camber for getting boost. You don’t have to preload the tail as much to pop. This makes for a quicker load time which can help those that are a bit lazier. The boost is ample out of this board.
Pop On Jumps: Camber will always be king on a jump and this board isn’t slacking with having a refined form of it. This makes it great for sending a jump line with ease.
Butterability: There’s some play in the tips and you have to hit the flex zone between the flat to lifted area to really lock in. Once you do though, this is a board you can butter around, although it will rebound and fight back so being on top of your game helps.
Jibbing: This won’t be the board for everyone to jib with. That 3/4ths set back might mess with the minds of those that believe they need a true twin. The sweet spot has to be hit perfectly for a press otherwise you’re not going to get the ideal results.
Carving: This sidecut rails long drawn out turns and locks in. Tighter more aggressive turns take a bit more due to the flex pattern of the board. The one thing to note is you can drive a carve through the arc from the tail of the board which gives it more of a slash like effect.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants something similar to the feel of camber but with that less hooky feeling and will take the board all over the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: Lifted doesn’t feel like traditional camber, it’s more like an elongated micro cam rocker due to the transition zone between the lifted area and the flat. This makes it less hooky when reverting around from flat ground spins. Adding to that the ability to transition edge to edge is more of a minimal effort than a thought out process. Over all this board surprised me at how versatile it was with the ride.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the K2 Snowboards Rockies Rep. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.