Snowboard Review: 09-10 K2 Slayblade
19 Jan, 2010
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain.
Setup: I rode the K2 Slayblade with K2 Auto Agogo bindings and Bonfire Geo boots.
First Impression: The eco pop won me over, lets see if I feel the same about the men’s model for flatline technology.
Weight: Lighter than average
Flex: Overall it’s on the stiffer end of the spectrum, light stiffer freeride board meant to charge. The nose and tail are stiffer in flex and I found it to be a bit torsionally stiffer than I was expecting which made it a bit slower edge to edge but really stable once on edge it charged the mountain. The K2 Slayblade has flatline technology which is zero camber, flat board which delivers stability and versatility. It’s a good medium between camber and rocker.
Turning: Longer drawn out S turns were the best on this board, it really held a carve throughout the entire turn. Shorter turns I found it a bit more difficult for me from the torsional stiffness to get the quick response out of. I really like K2’s hyper progressive sidecut because it’s easy to get into and out of turns but when you are in the carve, you can really hold it and rally it through.
Stable: One feature of flatline technology is the stability it brings to the table and no adjustability to how it handles the mountain. You can ride it through choppy conditions and it holds an edge, you can charge with it and it absorbs any vibrations with the harshmellow technology. The slayblade was everything for stability on the mountain.
Pop: This board charged so I didn’t play with the pop other than a ollie off a roller which felt fine, not extremely poppy but not dead in the air either. Despite the stiffer flex it’s pressable but requires a bit more effort (definitely my extra weight helped).
Switch: The slayblade is a setback twin, 3/4 setback and when I did maneuver into switch riding I didn’t notice it being an issue with the setback.
Overall Impression: Hands down the Slayblade is one of the more stable charging boards, derived from the Zeppelin K2 has made this board better and faster with their flatline technology and the best is there’s minimal adjustment to flatline since you can ride it like camber.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I’ve only ridden the flatline boards on really hardpacked groomer days and I really want to try them on powder days to see how the flatline holds up in those conditions. The slayblade was a charging board, really excelled at that. I could see myself riding the women’s flatline version eco pop all the time and they both excelled at handling the mountain for speed.
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K2 Slayblade description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.