Board: K2 Eighty Seven
Camber Option: Directional Camber Baseline. Traditional camber in the middle and rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of clouds with gray and blue skies, some snow falling, moderate visibility, a couple inches of heavier snow on top of a weeks worth of fresh snow, and warmer temps.
Flex: A every so slightly directional flex gives a softer nose as it stiffens up through the mid section into a stiffer tail. There’s an abundance of torsional flex which compliments this board. Overall it’s on the softer side of the middle of the road spectrum.
Stability: For being so small and having a middle of the road flex this board was very stable. What you will notice with this board is that the nose gets a little chattery at speeds or in really rutted out terrain. In fresh snow where there’s nothing holding it back you can charge hard and not have to worry. Occasionally it would get bucked around on bigger moguls if I hit them with a lot of speed.
Ollies/Pop: With the set back camber into a rockered tail you have pop that is easy to initiate. The amount of pop you get is moderate and while there are snappier decks on the market it’s nice to know this board has it where it counts. It really comes into play when you’re popping off rollers or jumping off small cornices/cliffs.
Butterability: The rocker in the tips helps and there’s a huge sweet spot right where the rocker meets the camber zone. There is a decent amount of rebound so you will want to push harder than you think into it.
Carving: Ever wanted to rail hard turns on a micro board? Yeah, this one had you covered. You can rip deep aggressive Euro-carves on this board. The edge to edge transmission takes minimal effort to engage.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants to surf the mountain and still have some snap.
Personal Thoughts: So the 150 wouldn’t have been my first choice to ride, but hey, you make due with what is sent to you. With that said, I’m glad the 150 was sent to me. This thing was AWESOME. Just one of those boards you can have fun ripping around the mountain on whether slashing pow or laying a hard carve on a groomer.
Comparable Boards: Spring Break Slush Slasher, Hightide Draft Dodger, Rossignol Sushi
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