Snowboard Review: 08-09 K2 Turbo Dream

18 Feb, 2008

2008-2009 K2 Turbo Dream

Location: Keystone, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Clear day, hard packed groomers.

Setup: I rode the K2 Turbo Dream with K2 Auto Agogo’s and my Vans Omni Focus Boots size 8.

First Impression: Wow this is like having sex down the mountain; it’s fun, interesting and gotta adapt to what your feeling.

Size: 159cm

Weight: Average weight

Flex: The flex is perfect for all mountain freestyle. Obviously with the rocker it’s super easy to flex the nose and tail of the board but the torsional flex keeps the board stable when riding. Compared to my gyrator, it handles the groomers a lot better.

Turning: The best turns that I had with the Turbo Dream were more long radius spread out turns, no problems with short radius quick edge to edge turns but man for some reason the long radius just felt so good on the board. The turbo dream features the hyper progressive sidecut which I really prefer cause it doesn’t give you that hook or catching feeling when your on edge going from turn initiation to carving.

Stable: I had no problem taking the board faster down the mountain or feeling any chatter on the board. Not many people were on the mountain yet, so I really had fun cruising on empty runs with it.

Pop: I had a lot of fun popping off little rollers or the sides of trails with the board. It was easy to butter of course and do presses.

Switch: I spent some good time riding switch on it and really had no problems with it. It’s a setback twin.

Pipe: Rode okay, but not really a board I’d take into half pipe a lot.

Overall Impression: The rocker tech is less than the gyrator but still allows for some sweet easy maneuvering through powder. I was told to keep my weight centered to get the best feel of the board and it was right. If I put my weight in the backseat, I really had less control over the snowboard while on groomers. I had a fun time riding it while still able to carve up the mountain with a good stable ride.

Shay’s Honesty Box: Looking back on this review…and after comparing it to other reverse camber boards…it’s not as grippy as the others which have more contact points (Lib, gnu, NS). It’s a fun ride but having to remain centered is a drawback.

Riding the Turbo Dream

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  1. Anonymous
    March 20, 2008

    Hey do you know what the sizes are for this board?

  2. Shayboarder
    March 27, 2008

    I rode the Turbo Dream 159cm. I asked the rep and from memory, I believe it’s a 157cm, 159cm and 161cm for next year.

  3. Anonymous
    September 23, 2008

    This board comes in 156, 159, and 161. getting 156 for sure. think it will be fun for park and pow.good all terrain board.

  4. Anonymous
    October 18, 2008

    I pro-ordered this board 2 days ago and it came in the mail today.. I’m really stoked to ride it. It only cost me 200 bucks to.. so I’m happy bout that.

  5. Shayboarder
    October 19, 2008

    Awesome on the new board…I think a lot of reverse cambers will be popular this year because of how much fun they are. Hope you have a great year on your turbo dream!

  6. qazrew
    October 20, 2008

    would you consider using this board as an everyday board or is it too powder/softsnow specific. i´m really looking for a freeride board to use this season at kicking horse witch means a fair share of ice/hardpack. but i am a sucker for new techs 😉

  7. Shayboarder
    October 20, 2008

    I’d use it for fun or powder…definitely not the best of the new tech boards for the hardpacked icy days. The lib/gnu’s and ns’s hold up better on those days than the k2’s.

  8. hoon
    January 22, 2009

    just getting to this one. the question is: the stance is 3/4″ set back so do they recommend mounting it center-center to adjust for the set back or follow the slight set back.

  9. Shayboarder
    January 24, 2009

    Good question Hoon, I didn’t play with the stance when I rode it and I believe it was adjusted center to center.

  10. Anonymous
    February 12, 2009

    Hi Shay,

    Bouncing a question off of you if you don’t mind since you have tried the K2 Turbo Dream and the Never Summer SL-R. Did you like one more than the other in powder? I got a Bataleon which I’ll use on icy days but looking for a powder board. I have the SL-R and I like it. In looking at the tech I wonder if the K2 is a little better on POW as the rocker starts from the bindings as oppose to the SL-R being somewhat flat when you put your weight on it. Your feeback appreciated!!! Thanks..

  11. Shayboarder
    February 14, 2009

    I’ve rode the SL-R more in powder than the Turbo Dream. If you want a powder board, I’d go for the gyrator. That’s my powder board and completely happy with it for the big powder days. Handles better in pow than the SL-R or Turbo Dream. The rocker on the gyrator makes it super easy to float and your nose is already up.

  12. Anonymous
    February 14, 2009

    Hi Shay,

    I usually ride a 156 cambered board, but I have heard that some rocker boards feel smaller than the actual size. Would you recomend going a size up?

  13. August 27, 2009

    Interesting review great to see the comments as well.

    I have been comparing the NS Vs K2.

    My board options are F1-R 157, SlR 158 and the TD 159.

    What is your opinion for the best board for all mountain. You mentioned the NS handle better on hardpack ice. Would you say for a more stable ride in the pow, trees, groomers and ice that NS is the better choice?

    My riding is mainly fast free ride.

    Thanks Shay lots to think about here..

    p.s have a look at that new Rossignol Angus pretty cool 2!