After establishing itself as a ski company, K2 made a successful transition into the world of snowboarding off the back of some high-performance early models. These days they’re one of the biggest brands around, with a team that includes international stars like Silje Norendal, Lucas Debari and our own double Olympian Ben Kilner.
The K2 Fastplant is just one popular and long-serving model in the range, and it’s back for another year with a few extra bells and whistles.The ‘Bambooyah’ WH4 core (made from bamboo, obviously) is lighter than ever this season, but still comes with a whopping five years’ warranty. It still has the Ollie Bar, a cambered rod made out of carbon, Kevlar and glass that sits between the bindings – the idea being that if you really want maintain the board’s strength and flex during presses, the whole board is working for it and you’ve got to do more than just reinforce each end. Added to this is a new Carbon Web that delivers even more popping power. Rails and kickers are where it excels, but our testers found there was a great deal more to it than that.
“The Fastplant is a true-twin freestyle board, so obviously one for the park, but the profile and Tweekend tips mean that it floats well in powder too. It’s got quite a damp feel to it so it feels planted and solid underfoot. You don’t need to be an expert to ride one so it could be someone’s very first board, as well as satisfying advanced freestylers. The price tag sets it above most boards in its category, but you do feel the quality in the ride – and with the five-year warranty, you get what you pay for.” – Adam Hoskins