Board: K2 Carve Air
Camber Option: Precision Lifted Baseline. Camber 2.0 lifted in the tips and flat through the middle.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of clouds and blue skies with a little bit of wind. The snow was firm yet fast.
Flex: A little bit of play in the tips and stiffer through the middle. There’s a little bit of torsional flex. All in all it’s a stiffer all mountain freeride board than others on the market.
Stability: Riding through moguls, chunder, crud, death cookies, rabbit droppings, and everything in between this board never buckled or washed out. It’s designed for hard charging aggressive party-boarding. If you don’t know what that is, then you probably aren’t ready for this board.
Ollies/Pop: Being able to load up the camber profile on this board gives it insane snap. When I wanted to boost, I could boost. I took this off a lot of sidehits, rollers, natural features, and even took it in the park. This thing is designed to jump.
Butterability: This took a lot of effort. My suggestion go fast, do skidded tail slappies, and call it a day.
Carving: As the name would imply this board is perfectly at home carving around the mountain. I found that digging an edge in aggressively and center flexing the board would really let you get your inner Euro on. Short quick turns were a breeze and the over all turn initiation is what you would expect from a deck like this.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants to carve and surf the whole mountain.
Personal Thoughts: I’ve ridden this board a few times this season, but this model seemed a bit softer than the last years ones I rode in the preseason. Which is great, as this board is playful and fun if you know how to make it ride that way. For what it is, this deck is great. It’s one of those boards you add to the quiver and take it out when you just want to turn.
Check out the past review of the 2016 Carve Air.
Comparable Boards: United Shapes Orbit, Rome Blur, Burton Branch Manager
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This board was loaned to us for review from K2 Snowboardings marketing department.