Feb 13, 2014 by Nubar
Ability Level: Intermediate •
Riding Style: Regular, new Park rider •
Days You Ride A Year: Approx. 8-10 times
This K2 was the first board I purchased, and it was overall a great buy! I had ridden a handful of times before using a rented board and learned how to brake and leaf down the hill. On the K2 Anagram, I very quickly learned how to carve down the hill and fine the confidence to maintain a nice speed while having the ability to maneuver around and between obstacles.
I have snowboarded probably no more than 30 times and I can now ride the park, taking 8' high jumps and sliding on the flat platforms you often see on the mountain. The K2 is great at being catch free regardless of snow conditions. It is indeed a great beginner/intermediate board as you can try a bit of everything, I have gone down the diamond trails with easy breaking and even some quick carving with ease since I can tell you it's easy feeling the board and getting to know it, once you learn the basics of boarding, basically breaking and turning, whether that be leafing or the more advanced carving, the board does a great job at giving you feedback so that you can maintain the confidence of feeling in control of it, and not vise versa.
Pros if you're a beginner; the board does a good job at maintaining a consistent speed, it doesn't like going too fast, more like just cruising. Although the graphics might express otherwise to some, the K2 anagram is not an aggressive board at all, laid back is a better term.
Cons for intermediate riders; it's challenging gaining speed that's a bit faster than your comfort level on a slope thats not too steep. The board is either extremely quick and more difficult to control, or not quick enough and pretty easy to control (while advancing as an intermediate rider).
If you are really into trying some jumps than this board is great, its got an OK pop, and the catch free technology really allows you to learn how to nail your landings quickly.
Overall it's a great board, definitely can't go wrong if it's your first. I love mine.