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K2 Cold Shoulder 2019-2020 Women’s Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 144, 147, 150, 153
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £400 / €450
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The Cold Shoulder is a new addition for 2020, and boy oh boy has it come out swinging. Packed to the nips with tech and ready to roll, K2 have surely hit the jackpot with this one.

 This is a board that wants to take the tired old ‘all mountain’ title, flip it on its head, sink a pint and shred straight out the door. A positive camber shape gives it a super long effective edge, and if you’re a rider who’s got a real yearning for turning then you’ll love getting low into carves on this badboy. Quick and responsive in and out of turns when you want it to be, it will hold its edge through the long, slow carves as well. This is a piste destroyer in a pretty package.

“If you’re a rider who’s got a real yearning for turning then you’ll love getting low into carves on this badboy”

No fear if you’re heading off for some powder, they’ve added a slight taper to the board to keep the nose larger to float better. The inserts are also set back down the board to keep your weight more centred over the tail for when you’re dipping off the side into some fresh stuff.

Five carbon stringers run down the length of the board, outside each set of inserts. These add stability on hard pack and add more snap to the camber. The tip to tail stringers keep the boards torsional flex and allow you to pedal turn, and really bone out grabs. The women’s specific core is designed to work with your body and the particular mechanics of your riding. 

The sintered base will ensure you’re leaving people in your dust, and will have you razzing around from first lifts to last. 

Tester’s Verdict

Stella PenttiWhitelines

“Trying out a board that is new for the season always has that little extra bit of excitement to it. Earlier in the season I had the pleasure to try out K2’s fun jib board, the Lime Lite, so I hoped for the Cold Shoulder to be a bit different – and so it was.

“It holds an edge really well so carving your way down the piste was a treat”

This thing isn’t made for jibbing, although the soft flex kind of still allows you to fool around. It is however more stable when compared to the K2 Lime Lite, making it a better option for the all-mountain mavericks and beginners.

I mainly rode this thing on the piste. It holds an edge really well so carving your way down the piste was a treat. You can get a lot of power out of this board if you speed up, so it is definitely a better option for charging than a soft jib board.

The K2 Cold Shoulder isn’t the most exciting board, but if riding within the limits of the resorts and charging down the slopes like a maniac is your thing, you’ll without doubt love this board.”

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