The K2 Brigade is the K2 Anagram with a little step towards all mountain riding and not a bad entry level all mountain board.The extruded base is probably the only drawback.
On Snow Feel: One of the most difficult things to happen when you are learning is to catch an edge. K2 has some tech that will allow you a more catch free ride and maybe make you a little more stoked on all mountain riding. This is also very stable between the feet making it a very stable cruise the groomer kind of board. It’s very easy to one foot off the chair and get through longer flat sections.
Powder: The powder performance is somewhere between their flatline tech and their all mountain rocker tech. The set back helps the rider get more float in the nose and the little bit of rocker in the tip and tail makes the board plane pretty well. The nose doesn’t like to sink but it can on occasion.
Turn Initiation and Carving:
Speed: An extruded base is less expensive and more sturdy but a bit slower than the very common sintered base you see on most snowboards. This is very close to a completely flat camber shape. Still this is what you would expect for the price and riding level and it’s much more maintenance free than sintered bases and that makes it better for people like beginners who don’t want to wax their board a lot.
Edge Hold: Pretty good here. It’s not bottomless and not slippery. It’s right in the middle. If you are a beginner/intermediate you don’t want to go out and ride in harder conditions so this should be fine for you.
Flex: Right there in the medium/soft world. Nothing difficult to flex at all. It’s nice and forgiving.
Switch: With the stance centered up this directional twin can teach a beginner to ride switch very well.
Jibbing: Not an ideal jib board but not bad either. You can for sure hit up the jib park with this board if you want to get the hang of some mellow boxes and such.
Pipe: This mostly flat profile isn’t ideal in the pipe but it’s ok if you want to hit up the pipe when it’s soft to see if this is your thing.
Jumps: It’s not a pop star but as a beginner you will be more concerned about not catching an edge and linking turns. The flat past the binding does give you some ollie power so it will be good for learning how to create your own air.