Smokin KT-22 Used and Reviewed

Has anyone ever skied from the top of the K12 and lived? Bonus points if you know what movie that’s from. But no seriously if you were going to charge big lines at Squaw I’d highly recommend this board from a Tahoe original. It’s meant for hard charging, deep carving, pow slashing gnar mastery. With the new Clash Rocker and Smokins version of MTX this board can deliver. Here’s what I had to say about it.

Board: Smokin KT-22

Size: 159

Camber Option: Clash Rocker Reverse camber between the feet into camber outside the bindings.

Bindings: K2 Formulas

Stance: 22.5

Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy

Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10

My Weight: 165

Resort: Loveland Ski Area

Conditions: Early morning corduroy with a bit of side chunder to push around.

Preconceived Notions: The last time I rode a KT 22 it was cambered and in the 170 range. A lots changed in the tech since then.

Flex: It’s a stiff freeride board that had a bit more give in the nose and tail and less torsionally.

Stability: the ride on this thing was damp and stable. In the chunder and push mounds it rode over them fine absorbing the vibrations as it went.

Ollies/Pop: Amazing snap out of the tail when popping off rollers and pushing hard to slingshot out of the turns.

Butterability: Not exactly a butter stick but if you can butter a jib stick you should be able to sack up and get this thing around.

Cruising: Edge to edge initiation was completely solid, the Magnetraction had no problem gripping the variable snow conditions. Over all Smokins Magnetraction works better than Mervins due to the difference in the serrations. You could push the tail hard through carves and it would stay locked in and want to hold its speed through the arc of the carve.

Jibbing: I ran over a piece of bamboo does that count?

Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going to charge lines, hit some pow, and needs a board that would make most people that read Transworld cry like little girls.

Personal Thoughts: This was a good snappy hard charging freeride board. The MTX wasn’t over exaggerated to the point it gripped more than it should and the combo of camber and reverse camber worked really well for this type of riding.

What They Say: All mountain ruler, old-schooler, the original bad ass board from Smokin’. Directional shape and flex, you can go anywhere (literally) with. Since day one the ability to shred it all has been the mark of a well rounded rider, this board suits their needs perfectly. Now available with Clash Rocker, the KT-22 has upped the ante of what makes a great all mountain board. Effortless float in pow meets aggressive and precise edge hold on hard-pack, there is nothing this board can’t handle.

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  1. Polykeller says:

    Nice review Angry. I agree on everything you say although I havent ridden this years model with CTX, only last years with DTX. The 166W I rode last season is hands down the best all mountain charger I’ve ridden.

    I especially agree on the comment about the crying Transworld readers.

    I’ll test my CTX this coming weekend!!

  2. Get some man! This board doesn’t disappoint and knowing how you’re into hard charging and bigger boards you should be stoked.

  3. Matthew says:

    “This mountain is pure snow! Do you know the street value for this?” Seriously, anybody who doesn’t know what movie that’s from ought to have his ass removed.

    I’m thinking of picking up a stiffer board for bombing hills. The KT-22 seems like a rad deck. How would you say it compares to the K2 Slayblade?

  4. I find the slayblade stiffer especially torsionally. It’s also 0 camber which makes it pop a bit different.

  5. Polykeller says:

    I was down in the basement just now and mounted a pair of Rome 390 Bosses on the brand new KT-22 166W CTX. I will ride it on Friday. Can’t wait!!

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  8. tooscoops says:

    hmmm… i’ve been keeping my eyes out for a rockered(or whatever reversed camber) magnatraction board for my next ride….

    this a solid sugestion?

    oh, and with your movie quotes and music tastes… i think you must be 40. you wish you were a teenager in the mid eighties don’t cha?

  9. If I was born in 1968 I’d be far more happy. Anyways if Scoopy if you’re looking for a hard charging freeride board to slay those ice coast resorts this might be the ticket for you. Although aren’t you a tad bit more all mountain freestyle?

  10. tooscoops says:

    yeah… i am. i’d like to pretend i’m going out west to ride pow days… but thats just a weekend getaway anymore.

    lately, i’ve come to realize i may be stuck out here on the ice and attempting to use the resorts for all they’ve got. save any 75 footers…. they can keep those.

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  12. BackcountryBrad says:

    I started riding the Smokin DIRT rocker KT22 172 with magne last year and it hasn’t stopped blowing my mind yet. The magna is loosened by the rocker for rediculous spinability on trail,yet It still has superior edge hold, making east coast ice days amusingly pleasant. Then, of course, the rocker shines in the deep. Brings out my inner skate style in the woods. Find my self riding whole runs fakie in deep pow constantly.
    My CTX 172 is in the mail right now. I understand the clash rocker tech with manga is a winning combo. Can’t wait to ride this. Am glad to be on the cutting edge. Very proud of the entire snowboard industry for expanding our abilities to hold an edge when and where we want. Kudos to Smokin, for constantly being on the forefront.

  13. TahoeMartin says:

    The 2012 Smokin’ KT-22? I hate it.

    I’ve been snowboarding for almost 30 years, and I’ve ridden just about everything that’s come around in the past 3 decades. My objective is to capture the sensation of surfing on snow; I’m not interested in winterized skatepark moves. (Although I respect riders who pursue this approach.)

    For the past 12-13 years I’ve been riding Glissade snowboards exclusively. These are very high quality ‘boards that were made in Chico, California since the 1980s. Since my Glissade ‘boards were getting up to 7-8 years old, it was time to start looking for replacements. Unfortunately, Glissade quit making snowboards around 2008 or so. I wanted to find another made-in-the-USA snowboard, and a few companies caught my attention, including Smokin’.

    I contacted Smokin’ and described the Glissade snowboard I wanted to replace. The owner, I think, told me that he was familiar with Glissade, and that the Smokin’ KT-22 would be the perfect replacement. I ordered the ‘board based on his recommendation.

    My one and only time that I rode the KT-22 was on fresh, groomed snow. Not fantastic conditions, but not too bad.

    The board is skitterish at any high speeds whatsoever, and the “Magnesuction” mostly feels like boot drag. Since the ‘board doesn’t have traditional camber, loading it in a turn never feels very solid, and the tail especially had a tendency to slide out when carving on the firm, groomed snow.

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this reverse camber or CTX or whatever you want to call it sucks for “all mountain” carving and blue run cruising. There may be advantages in the park or 1/2-pipe, but for those of you looking for that fluid, surfing sensation on a a snowboard, this is a stupid fad. And, sorry again, but “Magnetraction” is a dumb feature for intermediate or advanced snowboarders (but perhaps it’s helpful for beginners.) I predict that “reverse camber” and “Magnesuction” will disappear from all-mountain boards within a few years.

    The KT-22 is nothing like my old Glissade Big Gun. (Other than the fact that the materials and construction methods at Smokin’ seem to be of very high quality). I contacted the owner with this complaint, and he has never responded.

    In January 2012 I paid US$579 for the KT-22 (including shipping and tax). I literally took two runs on this ‘board and then put it away; I’ve never ridden it since. It is in absolutely flawless, like-new condition. I put it on eBay in February 2012 and there were essentially no interested buyers. Finally, someone gave me US$300 for this ‘board. I think that this speaks volumes.

  14. Doesn’t really speak volumes the market is over saturated and the resale market is nearly dead. Why pay 450 bucks for a used board when you could get the same one new for 50% off?

    Best way to know if a board is for you is to try it. Also sounds like you’re the guy that may have ridden forever but hasn’t ridden everything especially if riding Glissades for 7 to 8 years at a pop.

  15. cootieranch says:

    I currently ride a Never Summer 166 Heritage X. It is a few years old and their first generation of rocker camber. My previous board was a 164 Burton Rush. Being full camber, the Rush naturally holds a better edge, is poppier, and powers through turns. It took me a while to adjust to the Heritage X and be able to carve it neatly with zero shred. However, I really like how easily it spins around and floats in powder.

    I’m thinking about a new board and would like one very much like the Heritage X, but with a little better edge control and pop, so I’ve been curious about magna traction. I think that one of the new flat camber boards such as Smokin’s anti rocker or Rome’s no hangups pop seem like interesting camber profiles, but neither of these companies makes boards with those profiles large enough for me.

    This narrows my search down to a Smokin K22, a Lib tech Skunk Ape HP, or a newer Heritage X. I thought I was real excited about the Skunk Ape, but it’s starting to sound like that one is a bit squishy and not so poppy. Does anybody have any recommendations or greater insight comparing these three?

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