Board: K2 Manifest
Camber Option: Directional combination camber baseline. Directional camrocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with a few clouds rolling in, zero wind, warmer temps, snow that was fast, somewhat firm, and spots of chunder.
Flex: Full directional twin flex. Softer nose, slightly stiffer middle, and then a stiffer tail. There’s a fair amount of torsional flex to it. Overall this flex is just past a middle of the road all mountain rating.
Stability: This board was super lively. You could feel everything under foot. Those micro vibrations just rocked through the board. It was the bigger stuff that it did a better job of plowing through or climbing over.
Ollies: There’s some snap in this board. You load that camber section up and it rebounds well enough. What you ideally want is to use the camber into the rocker zone as a flex/snap point and get it pop off that tail. When you do this board can pop.
Pop On Jumps: I didn’t hit anything big with this but the board can definitely handle jumps. It pops off the lip with ease and just sends it.
Butterability: The nose is easier to butter than the tail. You can get all your weight out over it and it will just lock in. The camber zone doesn’t aggressively fight you, it more or less lets you know it’s there and will help pop you out of any butter.
Jibbing: Nose presses were easy on this thing, the tail is a bit beefier so that took a little more work. This board is more on the freeride spectrum than freestyle so use a little speed and press a little harder than you think. The added bonus of camber between the feet is that it locks into railslides.
Carving: This board is fairly nimble edge to edge. I did notice a bit of wash out on more lower angle slow carves. But at high speeds railing this thing into the ground you can feel it grip and rip. That tail has a bit of power off it and you can drive it through the carve with ease.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freerider that dabbles in freestyle.
Personal Thoughts: I didn’t hate this board but I didn’t love it. There’s some fun drive off the tail and it’s like a mellower version of the Broadcast, but the fact that the edge would slip out on lower angle snow at slow speeds was a bit concerning. I’ve ridden a lot of directional twins this year and this one just didn’t live up to some of the others I’ve been on.
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