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K2 Party Platter 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 138, 142, 147, 152, 157
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £395 / €450
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The high octane, dynamic demon of K2’s fleet the Party Platter has had a complete overhaul for the 2020 season. She’s had a bit of nip tuck to get her looking hot and feeling fresh for the upcoming winter.

They’ve made it more versatile by reducing the taper, allowing you to ride switch a lot easier and giving it a more freestyle focus. The tail has been lengthened as well, so you’ll have a lot more opportunity to play and spin around and not be worried about being super off balance when landing.

“The longer, rockered nose means you get primo results in the powder as well, it’ll keep you floating way better than you’d expect from a board of its size”

A directional CamRock profile keeps the platter feeling lively and responsive when on piste and adds to pop and snap as you’re jumping and sliding around. Pair this with the medium/soft flex and you’ve got a board that wants to be jumping, slashing and playing around all the time.

The longer, rockered nose means you get primo results in the powder as well, it’ll keep you floating way better than you’d expect from a board of its size.

The Party Platter is meant to be ridden shorter than your usual board due to its volume shifted profile. Rather than have extra volume lengthways, it increases its surface area by adding width. The smaller length means that you’ll find it easier to get in and out of tight spots and tree runs, but still will have enough float when you’re wanting to get out into it. 

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“I’m a big fan of the K2 Cool Bean, so I was very excited to get on its more freeride cousin ;the Party Platter. It was definitely good, I would recommend but I can’t say I was hugely blown away like I was with the Cool Bean and the Simple Pleasures. The Party Platter definitely did well in certain areas but I found it a bit softer than its ‘medium rating’. It was bit chatter prone and speed wobbly when charging, and turning fast. I expected this to carve well but I was somewhat let down; feeling more rocker than camber; it didn’t lock in well and snap in and out of turns the way I would have expected.

 “A great board for jibbing, slashing and getting loose”

The soft nose and tail meant it buttered super well and felt really nice on kickers. It has a good pop on it and was excellent on side hits. The name says it all, it is has an array of offerings for jibbing around and having a good time, it presses well, it pops great and feels solid riding switch. In spite of a bit of chatter, it did feel stable with that wide base under foot.

It is a great Freeride board with All Mountain capabilities, lots of fun, a great board for jibbing, slashing and getting loose, the only time my smile faded was when getting low and carving hard; there are freeride boards that will carve better. But other than that it is one hell of a party.

There is definitely a wide potential customer base here, but go for it if you like a broad offering of all mountain capabilities with a great helping of freeride and jibbing. Carving though is off the Party Platter’s menu.”

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