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K2 Excavator 2021-2022 Snowboard Review

Tested and selected for our top 100 snowboard products of the year: the K2 Excavator

  • Price: £540 / €600 / $550
  • Category: All-Mountain
  • Sizes: 142, 146, 150, 154, 158, 162
  • Flex: 7/10
  • Shape: Directional
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • 3D: No
  • Base: Sintered

Why we chose the K2 Excavator Snowboard: Carbon!! Equipped with carbon stringers, carbon power fork and carbon infused base the Excavator gives you power, response and speed on any terrain so you can leave the competition behind you in a cloud of snow spray.

The appropriately named Excavator snowboard digs deep into the hardpack and blasts through powder. Catered towards advanced boarders the Excavator board lets you make the most of the mountain, performing on a wide range of terrain.

You can rely on the Excavator to provide lots of pop, response and power thanks to the addition of Bambooyah Pro Core and Carbon Power Forks in the tail. Combo profile gives you performance on a vast range of terrain, giving you the freedom to explore the whole mountain.

“The appropriately named Excavator snowboard digs deep into the hardpack and blasts through powder”

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Who Is The K2 Excavator For?

The Excavator board is for the guy who wants to carve down the groomers but when the powder turns up its time to head off to find new lines. As a powerful and responsive board, it’s geared towards intermediate boarders who need precision on challenging terrain.

If you’re a bit of a speed demon and find yourself racing you fellow boarders to the bottom on the hill then the K2 Excavator will make all the difference. Equipped with a Carbon Infused 5500 Sintered Race Base the Excavator is rapid on the snow.

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Shape, Profile and Sidecut

Point the nose down the hill and let the fun begin. As a directional snowboard shape, it gives you the best performance when the nose it’s traveling forward. This directional shape is created through extra rocker at the tip, carbon power fork in the tail and a 20mm tapered tail. The tapered tail sinks into deep snow adding lift in the nose for backcountry adventures.

Directional Combo profile gives you the benefits of camber and rocker. Camber underfoot with a 0.75” setback gives you increased power, pop and edge to edge transitions, camber is popular for experienced boarders who want to lively board.

If the power is about the Excavator can handle it thanks to the rocker in the nose, adding lift and float over powder. Rather than ploughing through the snow the board glides to prevent you loosing speed.

Overall, the profile is a little chunkier than a standard snowboard meaning you can ride it -5cm shorter than usual, reducing swing weight whilst still providing the same performance as a longer board.

“If you’re a bit of a speed demon and find yourself racing you fellow boarders to the bottom on the hill then the K2 Excavator will make all the difference”

Construction and Materials

Starting in the centre of the board is the core, the Bambooyah Pro Core absorbs vibrations for a smoother and comfortable ride. Although the core is dampening it remains highly responsive. Surrounded with Biax Fiberglass to increase durability whilst retaining torsional flex.

Response comes as second nature to this board thanks to carbon stringers than run from the nose to the tail. Carbon drives power through the board and increases durability, however the placement of the stringers means torsional twist isn’t impacted. Sometimes one carbon feature isn’t enough, the K2 Excavator features a Carbon Power Fork in the tail to add pop and snap for ollies. Even more carbon is infused into the sintered base to create the faster and hardest base possible. Absorbing wax like a sponge the base keeps you gliding for longer and reduces drag.

“Packed with carbon from the nose to the tail the Excavator is responsive, durable and snappy to give you a high-performance snowboard”

Roundup

If you’re in need for a directional snowboard that charges down the groomers and floats over powders that Excavator is our tool of choice. Its combo profile lets you explore the whole mountain, no matter what the weather throws at you the Excavator is up for the challenge. Packed with carbon from the nose to the tail the Excavator is responsive, durable and snappy to give you a high-performance snowboard.

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Trade Secrets

Jonny Russell

“The board that changes your idea of what “freestyle” traditionally is. For the rider that has to slash every fresh pocket of snow. Lay down a eurocarve on every fresh patch of the groomer. Ollie over every slow sign (stranded skier). A powerhouse of a snowboard for the rider that can rip our most advanced tech all over the mountain. ”

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