K2 Vandal 2018-2019 Kids’ Snowboard Review

One of the biggest concerns for a keen grom’s parent, especially one that only gets a couple of trips to the mountains every year, is buying gear that their young charges won’t outgrow. With the K2 Vandal kids’ snowboard, there’ll be less need to pay the rental shop a visit.

The K2 Vandal sails pretty closely to the most popular specs for grom boards; it’s got a flat profile, which is low on hang-up risk without being hard to control, and a true twin shape that anticipates a progressing grom’s desire to get tricks dialled as soon as possible. There’s an ever-growing contingent of frothing freeride kids, but they’re still hugely outnumbered.

“Whatever magic dust they have at the K2 factory appears to be working”

An extruded base means less maintenance required, and a single-wood core with biax fibreglass translates to a mellow, predictable ride. It’s also got cap construction, which these days only tends to crop up on boards designed for dinkier riders.

So far, so pedestrian – but whatever magic dust they have at the K2 factory appears to be working, as our test team were massively impressed with this one. Lightweight and versatile, it got some heavy thumbs up.

While the benefits of sandwiching layers of wood, fibreglass and P-tex between two sidewalls have long been proven, the loss in dampening at speed is less of an issue on a board like the Vandal. Plus, by going old school, K2 has managed to keep the cost right down. So it’s a double benefit, then: a low outgoing in the first place, for something that will probably last longer than other models that cost a lot more.

“By going old school with cap construction, K2 has managed to keep the cost of the Vandal right down”

Any parents, but especially those that are considering pawning the cat to fuel thier kids’ love of the shred, will be pleasanty surprised by the K2 Vandal. If you’re in the market for the full setup, there are matching Vandal boots and bindings available too.

Tester’s Verdict

Whitelines Grom Team


“I enjoyed this board. I had it in spring conditions and it rode really well. It’s longer than my normal board but I didn’t feel it. It was light and really good fun.”

Dad’s Comments

“The only board in the test with cap construction, dare I say it looked a little old fashioned. But it rode as well as anything else in the test. Lightning was on the 137cm version, which was 7cm longer than he would normally ride (which for a kid is a huge difference) but the fact that he was able to throw it around like a 130cm board is a testament to how much weight K2 have cut out of the Vandal.

For that reason, this board will have a long shelf life.”


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