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
Camber Option: Clash Rocker Reverse camber between the feet into camber outside the bindings.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
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.