Board: K2 Joy Driver
Camber Option: AT Shifted Baseline Camber. A cambered mid section into a micro rockered tip and tail.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast and puking snow, about 1 to 3 inches of fresh snow in most spots, frozen chunder snow underneath, and heavy winds.
Flex: As you can see the carbon in this board through the graphic one should note that between the abundance of that and the Bambooyah core this board is on the stiffer side of all mountain. By stiffer I mean this board is really stiff. The tips have minimal flex and only at where the camber zone meets the rocker area. Between the feet is almost plankish and there is very little torsional give.
Stability: The stiffer chassis gives optimal stability when blasting through variable terrain. In the frozen chunder snow this board absorbed all the death cookies and variables with ease. Basically this board is really damp and stiff.
Ollies/Pop: Loading this board up takes a lot of effort and I mean a lot. I found myself having to push it twice as hard to get the board to initiate snap the way others do so seamlessly. When you did pop though it would boost you aggressively.
Butterability: This was almost non-existent. I had to put my weight way over the tip or tail to get the board to butter and flex. It was an exercise in over exaggeration.
Carving: Turn initiation was relatively easy with this board, it was when I tried to drive the board through a hard carve that I had to really force my body weight down on the camber profile to get the board to bend. Because of this it didn’t rail turns as easily as other decks. While on edge though it did hold well.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s big, fast, and aggressive who wants a twin with a setback to charge hard with.
Personal Thoughts: This board is designed for a different type of rider than myself. Someone that really likes to push it hard and force the board to do what they want. That’s not me and I know it. If anything there should be a smaller size with more flex to it and then it would have worked out for me, but there isn’t and this was the smallest size.
Comparable Boards: Rome Sawtooth, Ride Timeless, Yes PYL
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This board was loaned to us for review from K2 Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*