Snowboard Review: 12-13 K2 Highlite

06 Apr, 2012

Location: Winter Park, CO

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the K2 Highlite with K2 Auto Agogo bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.

Size: 152cm

First Impression: Light but aggressive and built for charging.

Weight: Lighter than average.

Flex: Stiffer flex underneath the bindings, torsionally has some forgiveness to the board and longitudinally some snap and aggressive riding. The nose was a tad softer so you could keep the nose up and stay back on the board for powder days. Overall on the stiffer end, it’s meant for freeriding and all mountain cruising. The Highlite has K2?s all mountain rocker which is 70% flat and 30% rocker.  Basically flat between the bindings to almost the last insert, then rocker from there to the contact points. It also features tweekend, a new concept that gives you more surface area to press, float and land on.

Turning: Reminded me of the Eco Pop in the carving and handling, quick and initiating turns very easily on the mountain. Once into a turn, it really gripped the snow and held a carve throughout the whole progression of the turn. I really liked the longer drawn out turns but it was capable of quick snappier turns.

Stable: This is where the Highlite excelled the most. It was super stable at speeds and despite being a smaller size it handled freeriding without skipping or softening out of a turn. The only adjustment was there wasn’t much for dampening so if the conditions were bumpy, you could feel it a bit more.

Pop: I didn’t take this board through the park, just played with it freeriding around the mountain on a couple rollers. It felt fine for pop but wasn’t a good judge of pop for the day.

Switch: The Highlite definitely has the setback stance so I only rode switch when I needed to get out of spots. It was definitely made for riding regular alot of the time with the flex and shape.

Overall Impression: The Highlite is new for women riders for 2013 and definitely one of my favorite women’s boards from the demo. It was lighter but handled with an aggressive charging attitude. I really liked the flex, the shape of the board and a great start for stepping up women riders.

Shay’s Honesty Box: Over the years I’ve watched companies limit the amount of boards an aggressive woman can ride and make it more likely that women will switch to men’s boards. So it was good to see K2 come out with a women’s board built for aggressive all mountain riding.

Ready to buy? Head over to evo to shop the full line of 2011-12 K2 snowboards until the 2013 snowboards come out.

On Snow Photo

K2 Highlite Description

Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Winter Park, CO.

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  1. Frank
    April 06, 2012

    Hi Shay,
    What do you think about the features tweekend? Do you think it will good in Pow and press? How will you compare to others like Flat Kick?
    Cause for man there is Ultra Dream or B.C. in 2013 that look very all around… Just want to know if is real or just an other marketing gimmy 😉

  2. Jen
    October 15, 2013

    Hi Shay,

    Love your reviews!!! I’m having some difficulty deciding between this, Never Summer Lotus and Jones Mothership…or do you have another suggestion?. I’m 5’6 and 150lbs and 8.5 boots…ride everything but tend to lean towards fresh pow, steeps, trees, and groomers. My focus next season is progressing jumps (natural and park) and stepping up in speed. Looking for more pop and especially stabilty at higher speeds and would like a decent torsional flex. Intermediate rider hitting about 25 days per season…my current main board is the Sweet Tooth which I will keep for jibs and all around fun…just a bit chattery and not the greatest edge hold. Thanks so much for your help!!!