K2 Overboard 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

We’re big fans of K2’s Enjoyer series, so a new addition is always welcome. That’s what the K2 Overboard snowboard is, although it’s definitely a departure from the range’s usual fare.

As epitomised by the K2 Cool Bean, the Enjoyer boards have traditionally traded length for width in order to deliver certified fun-mobiles that are just as good in slush as in powder. This one goes the other way, however, extending the length out to a whopping 165cm.

“The K2 Overboard snowboard is definitely a departure from the Enjoyer range’s usual fare”

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Naturally that means that isn’t exactly a tree-hunter like the others, but the trade-off is a fast, powerful ride that’s most at home on wide-open pow faces. The tapered shape, which goes from a wide shovel nose down to a pointed tail, will make keeping it afloat in deep snow a piece of cake. There’s also a fair bit of rocker at the nose.

On firmer terrain the mostly-camber profile will let you get a strong edge in, and while it may be set back there’s still plenty of tail. It’s also got carbon in amongst the triax fibreglass, so there’s plenty of torsional stiffness. With 26.7cm in the waist, this is aimed more at the bigger riders out there, but if that’s you then this will go like the clappers.

If you’ve had your fill of short ‘n’ stubby boards and want to switch it up to a beast, then the K2 Overboard is one to consider.

Tester’s Verdict


“I’ve been a huge fan of K2’s Enjoyer series since day one – short and wide, fat with plenty of float, they went a long way to convincing people that a daily driver board doesn’t have to be an all-mountain twin.

If what you’re into is cruising pistes and the odd park lap whilst waiting for the next dump, why not get something that not only excels when the conditions are prime, but also makes the days between pure fun? The Simple Pleasures, Party Platter and Cool Bean are all about nimble turns with a surfy feel, down in part to the tight sidecut radii.

“Perfect when the conditions are soft corduroy or steep pow, but you’d want something more adaptable for most days on the mountain”

With this, they’ve gone… Well, it’s in the name. 165cm with a radius of almost nine meters is a bit of a departure from the rest of the line up, and it translates into something of a beast. For open powder or groomers it’s great – its behemoth size is perfect for long arcing turns at high speed – but when taken to other conditions it definitely doesn’t translate as well as its brothers. It’s massive, but designed to be ‘ridden shorter’ due to the tip and tail rockers, meaning that whilst it’s powerful it feels less engaged than other boards over the 160cm mark, like the Korua Stealth. In icy sections it feels a bit like an aircraft carrier on marbles, and rather than nipping over and around bumps it just wants to take you on a direct fall line path.

Essentially, it’s more of a quiver board: perfect when the conditions are soft corduroy or steep pow, but you’d want something more adaptable for most days on the mountain – and the thing is, you can already find all those qualities in the rest of the Enjoyer range that the Overboard sits in.”

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