Board: K2 Bottle Rocket
Camber Option: Freestyle Baseline. Flat mid section to a small rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies with the sun poking through at times, warmer temps, some wind, and snow that was either rock hard, firm, mildly firm, or slush depending on where you were on the mountain.
Flex: With an overall middle of the road park flex you can count on slightly softer tips, stiffer under foot, and a middle ground flex between the feet. The torsional give was there but not overly abundant.
Stability: Having a wider platform gave this board a lot of it’s stability. I found that I could charge through frozen chunder, variable conditions, and what not with ease. I was never bucked from this board nor did it buckle under extreme pressure when pushing it to the limit.
Ollies: With a skate like pop I found myself turning every little hit into something bigger. The snap out of this board was immense and you could send any hit you wanted.
Pop On Jumps: This board is perfectly at home on jumps. It has great snap and a lot of stability if you get into a rutted out landing or something that is less than ideal.
Butterability: It did take a bit more effort to lock into a butter. Basically you just had to man handle this thing at times to really swivel or press it.
Jibbing: The sweet spot in the tips isn’t the biggest so you want to make sure to lock in perfectly otherwise it’s probably going to look soggy. Going sideways across a box or through a rail wasn’t an issue.
Carving: I left some big trenches in the snow with this beast. I had to really center flex the board to get those, but all that effort was well worth it. Short turns were just as easy to initiate as longer ones.
Rider in Mind: The park guy that wants to ride the whole mountain as a skatepark and likes to downsize.
Personal Thoughts: This board was so snappy and would pop off anything with ease. I found that I had to turn it down a notch otherwise my normal hits would be overshot. In the park I never once feared hitting any feature. This carried over to carving as you could just set an edge and let it rip. Over all the Bottle Rocket rides like it’s namesake.
Comparable Boards: Ride Warpig, Amplid Pocketknife, Yes Optimistic
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This board was loaned to us for review from K2 Snowboards marketing department.