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K2 Happy Hour 2015-2016 Snowboard Review

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The Details:

The pointy shape and base graphic may have you believe that this is a take-no-prisoners charger, but the K2 Happy Hour was actually designed with freestyle in mind. Until the CarveAir came along, it was Tim Eddy’s top choice, and a quick look at his style will tell you what this sets out to achieve.

Given the relative stiffness it’s not one for entry-level freestyle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a play. The profile – a large flat section raised by rocker at the nose and tail – most closely resembles classic camber in terms of pop and edge hold, so you’ll get plenty out of this on kickers and in the pipe.

It’s also ideal for melting down groomers and getting your carve on. At slower speeds the extended nose and tail make presses a piece of cake, especially once you’ve got used to the flex, but don’t get completely wild with it or you might be punished.

The trade-off is that if you’re a more competent rider who’s serious about freestyle, this will hold up to whatever you put it to.

TESTER’S VERDICT:
Sam McMahon – Whitelines

“For a board that says it’ll provide fun times all over the mountain, this is surprisingly stiff at first. Most of the stiffness comes from the spring-loaded ollie bar, which has given it an incredible amount of springy pop!

I’d recommend pairing it with some softer bindings to mellow it out and get some buttering going. It might not play ball on rails, but for hitting kickers and side hits this thing will give you a lot of bang for your buck.

It’ll even treat you right for short forays into powder too.”

“If you’re a more competent rider who’s serious about freestyle, this will hold up to whatever you put it to”

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