I actually own this board but in a 156. At the time when I picked it that was the largest size available and I didn’t think they’d offer a 161 after I had signed up for Kamp K2. Now that I’ve had the chance to rock the 161 I figured I’d give it a whirl.
Board: K2 Turbo Dream
Bindings: K2 Sweaters
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: End of the day crapola, blowing winds, choppy snow, lots of ice
Mindset: Going to finish off the day with some hard turns and call it good enough
Tunes: Hanoi Rocks
Preconceived Notions: The more I ride rocker the more I adjust to it and find it to be a different ride its stable.
Flex: For me it rides similar to the Zepplin in terms of flex. It has a bit of torsional flex which allows you to manipulate it through turns but not so soft that it gets chattery.
Stability: Rides solid enough as long as you’re centered on it.
Ollies/Pop: Load the tail and go.
Butterability: Its a slightly stiffer board meant more for freeriding but you can still butter on it. At least this time while buttering I didn’t get my ass handed to me like I did up in Washington.
Cruising: Had solid edge to edge. I’m starting to find the rockered shape allows you to get it into a carve easier as its already bent in that position.
Jibbing: Honestly didn’t do any with it.
Rider in Mind: Mid level riders and up that want something they can go anywhere on with an occasional jaunt through the park.
Personal Thoughts: Why couldn’t I have gotten the 161 instead of the 156.
Binding Compatibility: Its a k2 binding on a k2 board what else is there to say.
Binding Adjustability: Mentioned it before easily adjustable.
Straps: Can’t tell the difference between the Sweater and Formula strap. Save the money and get the Formula.
Highbacks: The way the highbacks designed with the mesh on the outside it allows you to drive through carves but leaves the interior soft enough to butter with it.
Binding Flex: Solid all mountain flex.
Ratchets: Do their job perfectly.
Rider in Mind: Anyone and everyone.
Personal Thoughts: I own these for a reason.