Board: K2 Carve Air
Camber Option: Lifted Baseline. Flat from foot to foot, camber just outside the feet, then leveling out flat again just before the contact points.
Bindings: K2 Lien FS
Stance: 21 Wide 12 Negative 9 Goofy
Boots: DC Lynx 8.5
My Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Mid season with a healthy helping of fresh powdery goodness.
Flex: Stiffer overall. Fairly beefy tip to tail and stiffer torsionally as well.
Stability: Stiffer flex with Lifted, wide, and torsionally stiff. This deck crushed through anything I put in front of it and did so without breaking a sweat. Holds whatever line you put it on and doesn’t get bucked.
Ollies/Pop: I found it to be a little hard to get into the snap, but this deck is very size specific and I’m a little low on the weight range. When you really drive into the tips the snap is there for sure and it will really get you into the atmosphere. Someone with more weight to throw into the tips will have an easier time getting to the snap than I did.
Butterability: Muscle butters. Again, I’m on the low end of the weight range, but it’s still a fairly stiff deck both tip to tail and torsionally. It does have a ton of surface area for pow butters though and those were more accessible than firm snow butters.
Carving: Wide decks and small feet are super fun when they manage to work around the slow edge to edge thing of wide decks. K2 had definitely succeeded. The edge to edge feels pretty on par with most the decks I ride daily and being that it’s pretty wide I can lay it all the way over and never worry about catching my toes or heels. Just stretch it out, lay your arm down, and get your Euro on. Trenches and nipple draggers all-day-every-day. The nose profile does a great job keeping the tip up in deep snow too. You still have to keep some weight over the back foot, but once up to speed the huge surface area keep you up and the board is just fast in deep snow.
Rider in Mind: K2 put the name White Wave with this deck. That’s exactly the rider that should be looking at it, the guy who sees the mountain as his personal frozen wave to slash and carve.
Personal Thoughts: This is a huge addition to K2’s line. If you’re looking for that deck to just goof around on but is ready at the drop of a hat to point it and charge, then take a strong look here. I find myself riding park less and less and this is exactly the type of board I keep gravitating towards. It’s just a fun snowboard to snowboard on.
Comparable Boards: Salomon Derby, Spring Break Slush Slasher, Venture Euphoria
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This board was loaned to us for review from the K2 Snowboards marketing department.