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K2 Medium 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: $499.95
  • Category: Park/Jib
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 149, 152, 154W, 155, 157, 158W, 159, 160W
  • Flex: 6/10
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Profile: Camber
  • Base: Sintered

Jake Kuzyk’s pro model the K2 Medium burst onto the market last season to rave reviews, it’s a totally balanced true twin, with explosive pop and power. Classic park features, with state of the art tech and a banging graphic- a total freestyle machine, this one is for the purists.

While you could use the Medium across the hill for an aggressive all-mountain option, it makes a name for itself as the board you want if you’re gearing up for an all-out urban assault, long days seshing the park features or dialling in new tricks for your latest filming venture.

“Often imitated, but never beaten, a positive camber delivers pop by the bag load”

Traditional camber has long been the go-to profile for those seeking a lively and dynamic ride, and K2 have delivered with the Medium. Often imitated, but never beaten, a positive camber delivers pop by the bag load, when the board is weighted the camber is compressed and gives preloaded spring every single time you get it airborne.

K2 have taken it one step further and souped up the Medium with an Ollie bar, pre-shaped and placed between the inserts to boost pop between the feet. This is the extra pep in your step that you’ll be thankful for when you’re boosting off lips and onto rails and every scrap of height matters. Tired legs are an inevitability when you spend all day hiking a rail trying to lock in new moves, and the Medium will bring the heat long after your quads are wanting to quit.

“This is for the meticulous riders who won’t compromise on anything- no suitcase methods, no sloppy landings and definitely no tindys”

Unlike many freestyle centric models, the Medium doesn’t use rocker in the tip and tail. While this might mean you have to be a bit more on point with your landings, it also means there’s no compromise in efficiency. Medium in name, extra large in performance, and thus if you’re a novice rider, it might be a bit too much for you to handle. But for confident, experienced riders this is a no holds barred snowboard that’ll let you take it to the next level.

Twitchy or unresponsive boards are the bane of a jib kids life, the Medium straddles the line with a mid stiff tip to tail flex, but a crazy heel to toe response. K2 use their Carbon Darkweb lay up under each binding to channel rider output to the contact points. You’ll end up with swifter and smoother edge to edge transitions and a better board feel underfoot, without messing with the overall flex.

The Medium isn’t gonna give you the effortless float in powder that some of the K2 range will, but that isn’t why you’re buying it. This is a board to tackle down-flat-downs, not deep days exploring off the beaten track. This is for the meticulous riders who won’t compromise on anything- no suitcase methods, no sloppy landings and definitely no tindys.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

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.”

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