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K2 Medium 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 149, 152, 154W, 155, 157, 158W, 159, 160W
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Camrock
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £470 / €530
  • BUY ONLINE

Why we chose the K2 Medium Snowboard: This was a hands down favourite from our Test Team.

The Medium is brand new for this season, a pro model made for freestyle demon Jake Kuzyk, it was designed with his high octane, energetic riding in mind. With a true twin shape, it’s designed to be ridden the exact same either way, so for learning that switch riding, or when you’re getting your 1’s and 5’s on lock you’ll be able to ride away every time.

“A perfect combo for wanting to stack new tricks under your belt without sacrificing performance”

The Medium has a camrock profile, with a long, cambered section in the middle, adding pop, life and aggression to the board. The camber acts as a springboard and offers a boost for when you’re wanting to ollie and jump about the place. The early rise rocker in the nose and tail make the board a little more mellow, while the slight lifts make the board a bit less catchy. A perfect combo for wanting to stack new tricks under your belt without sacrificing performance.

K2 spent years developing their Inked Glass top sheet technology – it shaves 10% off the weight, but still retains all its former strength. Perfect for those long days on the hill, a lighter board is going to pop higher and have a reduced weight when you’re wanting to spin all over the shop.

“Having a slightly stiffer flex underfoot makes it easier to get onto and stay on your edge”

“Carbon Darkweb” is a fancy way to say carbon stringers cross braced just outside the bindings. What this does is stiffen up the torsional flex underfoot. Having a slightly stiffer flex underfoot makes it easier to get onto and stay on your edge, it also makes the board a bit more responsive but not to the detriment of the overall softer flex.

A sintered base offers you bags of speed and will hold wax better after you service your board. Perfect for those slushy days when the snow starts getting thick and heavy, you’ll be sliding and gliding with no dramas.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“Despite a name like the Medium, this freestyle deck from K2 is anything but. Solid power, pop and pigeons.

The profile goes some way to taking the sting out of the ends of the board, but overall it’s a pretty demanding freestyle ride. I say that as a good thing though, running in and setting up for a spin needs to feel solid for building a platform to spring off. So many freestyle boards out there feel twitchy and limp running in as they don’t want to compromise the torsional flex of the board, but the carbon additives placed outside the inserts make this a rock-solid companion in and out of the jumps.

“The carbon additives placed outside the inserts make this a rock-solid companion in and out of the jumps”

It rides way closer to a full camber profile because of this, so pop is as good as it gets on the Medium. Through the middle of the board, it still felt like it left enough room to steer both feet independently so works well for buttering or taking the rails too.

Also, let’s just take a moment to talk about the graphics. A child could have drawn them. It’s a felt tip pen outline pigeon on a grey background. Brands spend thousands on artist collabs or building up a story through the design. K2 have gone for a pigeon. And it’s so goddamn good. I was immediately shut down for suggesting this as the best graphic I’d seen all year, but I stand by it. Genius.”

Trade Secrets

Jonny Russel- UK Sales Rep

k2

Combining the shape and flex pattern of his favoured snowboards, Jake Kuzyk – with the help of K2’s engineers constructed the Medium. The perfect balance of feel and precision. Carbon to make it snappy, twin camber baseline to remain nimble and responsive. The inked top sheet keeps the weight down and Russ Pope’s graphics looking sharp! Detail orientated in everything he does, Jake designed the Medium to be the premium freestyle choice for anyone who is as meticulous with their snowboarding.

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