Board: Smokin KT-22
Camber Option: WTF Camber. Early rise (rocker) tips and camber through the middle.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, average early morning spring temps, and the snow was a mix of firm frozen chunder corduroy to softening up mashed potatoes.
Flex: The directional flex of this board gives it that oldschool flex of softer nose, stiffening up from in front of the first insert back, and then being the stiffest at the tail after the rear insert pack. The torsional flex is just prevalent enough to twist and flex the board.
Stability: This board is designed for stability, the WTF camber profile is VERY camber dominate. There is a bit of dampness to the board but it doesn’t sacrifice the lively feel. Never once did I feel the rocker zones were so rockered that they chattered at speeds.
Ollies/Pop: Being so camber dominate you can really load this board up to pop. In fact if I had to say this board is more camber than rocker making the rocker just a minimal added bonus for giving a flex point where the camber and rocker zones meet to actuate pop. The short of it is this board can boost.
Butterability: You really have to work at it to butter on this board. The flex will fight you any time you go up on the tips to play. My suggestion, find some deep snow and go really fast into a butter.
Carving: This board does have Smokin’s version of Magnetraction which isn’t as aggressive as others. This helps with it cutting through firm hard snow, which when testing this is what I had to deal with. The sidecut isn’t overly aggressive which makes it nice for quick set up turns to middle of the road carves. When railing hard turns I did find that I couldn’t get as deep or Euro-centric as I would have liked. There is serious snap out of the tail though and this is due to the directional flex as well as there being a rocker section.
Rider in Mind: The rad dad/oldschool guy that wants a twin shape, directional flex, camber dominate freeride charger.
Personal Thoughts: It’s been years since I rode the KT-22 and this board is completely revamped. It’s a fun board for charging the mountain with a shape that if you did say venture into the park wouldn’t hinder you. I wish I could have rode it on a 6 plush inch pow day to see how it did hitting natural features.
Comparable Boards: Rossignol Krypto, Jones Aviator, Venture Zelix
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This board was loaned to us for review from Smokin Snowboards marketing department.
This board did not change for 2017 so we carried over the 2016 review.