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K2 Broadcast 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 153, 156, 158W, 159, 162, 163W
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £410 / €460
  • BUY ONLINE

Many boards are moving away from the traditional full camber shape, but it’s the most tried and tested way of making an aggressive, mountain charger. Unparalleled edge hold, more pop than the Spice Girls and added stability at high speeds – camber is king in this respect.

The stiffness of the board lends itself well to powerful riding. If you’re wanting to really lay into carves and really rip and grip on piste then the Broadcast will be able to keep up.

“5 carbon stringers run through the length of the board, either side of the inserts to keep the board snappy and to add stability without sacrificing an easy-going torsional flex”

Not so stiff that you’re unable to play around when you want to, you’ll still be wanting to rip through the park. Maybe not so much jibbing, but certainly for kickers and sidehits you’ll get all the airtime you are looking for.

The board has a subtle taper to give you a little helping hand when you score a pow stash, and it helps to optimise piste performance when riding one way.

The inserts are slightly set back to give the board a slightly longer nose, and the camber is shifted back with them. The smaller tail is ideal for controlled carves and big slashes, and the big nose leads nicely into turns and keeps you floating steadily in the powder.

Five carbon stringers run through the length of the board, either side of the inserts to keep the board snappy and to add stability without sacrificing an easy-going torsional flex. 

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“The Broadcast looks a bit like the board your older cousin handed down to you back in ’98 when you took your first trip to the local slopes. I wasn’t overly stoked to ride this one.

In the end, I was so glad I did. Not only does it have the look of an old-timer, but it feels like a somewhat revamped classic. I definitely sway towards full camber profiles for my day to day snowboards and the Broadcast exemplifies this.

“Not only does it have the look of an old-timer, but it feels like a somewhat revamped classic”

It’s not the most forgiving of snowboards, but get it up to full charge and the green light well and truly comes on. Whichever way you bend the Broadcast, it feels like there’s a carbon stringer placed exactly there to help spring load it and snap it back to the starting point.

As a solid all-mountain freeride board for someone who’s all about precision on the edge and stability at speed, it doesn’t get much better than this. Mind you, it could look a lot better…”

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