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K2 Afterblack 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

A brand new true twin, the K2 Afterblack snowboard is a reminder that, for K2, it’s not all about the pow-chasing Enjoyer Series. It’s always done a fine line in freestyle boards too, and here’s one aimed at the bolder, more experienced rider.

The K2 Afterblack is one of the first boards to feature the brand’s new ‘Combination Camber’ profile. It’s essentially the classic bend with short rocker sections at each end – a popular choice for park rats who want something that can pop but doesn’t feel too clinical from edge to edge.

“The K2 Afterblack is aimed at the bolder, more experienced rider”

As is perhaps to be expected for a freestyle board favoured by pro riders, the Afterblack is pretty fierce torsionally. As well as the triax fibreglass throughout, there’s also a carbon stringer ‘X’ under each foot.

Response is therefore pretty on point, at the expense of some playfulness – but if you prefer airtime to jibbing then you’ll be glad of it. Same goes for the sintered base; it may require more regular upkeep than the extruded equivalent, but only this will do if you are planning on tackling bigger features.

No one at K2 has re-invented the wheel with this, but some designs have proven to stand the test of time. A high-end true twin park destroyer is one of them. So maybe it’s not an Enjoyer, but for the right rider the K2 Afterblack will definitely be enjoyable.

Tester’s Verdict

Dan Wilsonsnowfit.co.uk

“Having always been a fan of K2 since my first ever season, so when I was handed the Afterblack I was looking forward to seeing what the crew had come up with this time. I wasn’t disappointed; a sleek design, shape and a subtle nod to the Enjoyer series on the base.

My first thoughts were ‘oh, it feels like a K2’ and then I started to get more into the flow of things and that’s when I really felt that the Afterblack had been designed for something more. You could really tell they’ve been pushing the freestyle focus. With a better shape (in my opinion) than the Bottle Rocket, I felt this could offer more in the powder and tree runs whilst not losing its ability in the park and on groomers.

“Ideal for sending yourself into all sorts of fun”

The camber between the feet not only gives you stability, it also lets you unleash some serious pop off jumps – ideal for sending yourself into all sorts of fun. Along with a softer, rockered tip and tail you got the flexibility and responsiveness for hitting rails and side hits along your way.

In the Afterblack, K2 has created a great addition to its collection – one that’s fixated on freestyle. It wasn’t a shock to see people lining up to have a go. Oh, and did I mention she’s quick?”

Tester’s Verdict

Danny Burrowsonboardmag.com

“The mountain had a complete reset overnight at The Selection and I was amped to get back on the hill – the only problem being that once I got there, I found myself riding the wrong board.

“It felt like riding a hardtail when the terrain demanded a full-sus”

Being a true twin, with camber underfoot for responsiveness and rocker in the tip and tail, I would have thought that this board and me were a perfect fit, especially as some of the best boards I have ever ridden were built by K2.

Maybe it was tired legs or what they call the Carbon Dark Web within but I just couldn’t get this board to do what I wanted. I stress this is purely subjective but it felt like riding a hardtail when the terrain demanded a full-sus. Sorry, Afterblack – our date didn’t work out.”

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