- Price: £330
- Sizes: 143, 150
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Flat
- Shape: Directional
A couple of our favourite sticks from last year came from K2. The Cool Bean and the CarveAir both offered fresh takes on snowboard shape, and it’s great to see that the ideas haven’t fizzled out in 2016/17. Indeed, both of those boards return, and are joined in the ‘Enjoyer’ series by some new arrivals – the standout of which is the K2 Party Platter.
As the name suggests, this isn’t one to take too seriously. It’s essentially a more freestyle-friendly version of the Cool Bean. They’ve ditched the stubby swallow tail in favour of something you can ride every which way, chucking tricks off just about any feature that presents itself.
Like all Enjoyers, it’s designed to be ridden shorter than normal – they recommend downsizing between 7cm and 10cm, so be sure to factor that in. Not that you’re likely to forget; it’s very wide, so you won’t be inclined to pick up anything similar to your usual size – besides, it only comes in two relatively short sizes anyway. The 150cm version has a hefty 27cm waist, so you’re still guaranteed to get get decent stability and float in powder.
"The K2 Party Platter isn’t in the Enjoyer series for nothing; funseekers of all shapes and sizes are highly encouraged to take one for a spin"
That’s where to take this, should you get the chance. The slightly early rise towards the nose helps keep you floating, as does the tapered shape. It’s no unforgiving gun, however, so as well as darting through the trees (as you should with just about any short board), be sure to get it in the air, too. It may have directional elements, but it can handle switch riding and the stance is centred.
Naturally that makes it a great choice for end-of-season slush bashing too. Every side hit in sight is up for grabs, and the wide waist means you won’t feel any drag even when it’s really sugary. Don’t expect as much spring as you get from a longer board or one with a pronounced camber profile, but thanks to the ‘ollie bar’ (an insert made from carbon, Kevlar and urethane), there’s more pop than you might think.
The K2 Party Platter isn’t in the Enjoyer series for nothing; funseekers of all shapes and sizes are highly encouraged to take one for a spin.
It’s another delight from K2’s Enjoyer series of boards, a whip designed to kill it in the powder but that also provides some interest just cruising about on the piste or sending side hits.
"Super nimble, great for getting low and sticking your back leg out for slashes"
The huge, scooped nose meant that even when I tried to sink it and make it send me over the top, it was virtually impossible, and because it’s so short and lightweight it was perfect for surfing in between the trees during a storm.
On piste, the profile can make it a bit unsteady at high speeds, but for anything under that it becomes super nimble, great for getting low and sticking your back leg out for slashes.
It’s a lot of fun on groomers, but in reality that’s an added bonus on top of the bountiful white goods that this will help you score on a snow day. In short, it is undoubtedly the board I would take to Japan.
Tim Eddy - Team Rider, K2
Similar to partying, snowboards should be fun, spontaneous, and all-around awesome with no rules. The Party Platter was born into the K2 Enjoyer series with the idea of a uniquely-shaped board that would still handle all snow conditions and riding styles.
The shorter and slightly tapered tail brings more party to the powder. The twin tip brings more party to freestyle options and switch riding. Having an increased width and shorter length brings more party to stability and manoeuvrability. Last but not least, the radical shape brings more party to your day every time you look down at it.
Because at the end of the day, snowboards are simply just a platter to party on!