The K2 Eco lite was the K2 Eco Pop and it’s pretty much the same board. The Eco Lite and Eco Pop are a directional twin with a Flat to Rocker camber profile that they call All Terrain Rocker. The Eco Pop and Eco Lite offer an advantageously duplicitous ride that offers a good freestyle feel on groomer/park days and a solid directional powder board when it gets deep.
The 2013 and 2014 K2 Eco Lite is very similar.
They have tried to make the Eco Lite board with environmentally friendly materials. What does this mean? We don’t know because no board yet is truly environmentally friendly but we like any steps towards it. We have to agree that the all terrain rocker does a pretty good job in just about any condition and we enjoy this rocker tech better than any rocker tech in K2’s line. All Terrain has more rocker than most of their flat/rocker designs that makes the Eco Pop float better in powder.
The flat between the feet gives it similar stability to camber but at the same time makes it more forgiving and catch freet’s up to you to decide if you want stability between the feet or pop because it’s very hard to find both. If you are into carving this has a pretty good feel to it and the flat between the feet won’t wash out. It’s also very stable at higher speeds, stable flat basing and stable one footing. The Eco Lite is very similar to the Eco Pop but just has a little more tweak on the nose/tail than before. We feel this is a great board for an Intermediate to expert all mountain rider that likes speed, stability and control. It has a very predictable smooth mostly mountain ride that many will like.
On Snow Feel: The flat between the feet makes for a stable catch free ride. Its best for taking an all mountain freestyle approach to the mountain. It has more of a playful looser feel here so don’t expect a flat camber ride with so much rocker after the feet. It’s a do everything well kind of ride.
Powder: We love the directional twin shape with a setback stance. It says if the mood strikes you to hit things switch as much as regular then go ahead but if you want some easy floating directional good times on a deep powder day the Eco Lite can set back your stance pretty far and accommodate you. Even boards with rocker can benefit with a set back stance and we like that K2 didn’t hop on the “make every board a true twin” bandwagon.
Turn Initiation– With the Flat between the feet and the rocker after the Eco Lite had a very smooth predictable ride. We all had an easy time making short or long turns. Mellow wide radius turns feel true compared to all flat camber boards. When it came to laying down a hard carve the Eco Lite did a decent but not great job. It could get a little washy compared to many hybrid rocker or hybrid camber boards with a similar ride but it’s not terrible by any means.
Speed: There is enough flat between the feet and dampness to make this pretty decent at speed. It’s got a pretty good glide to the ride so you won’t have much trouble making it through a flat section and picks up speed well.
Uneven Terrain: handles bumpy shit that you encounter at the end of the day very well. Especially if you pair it up with a good binding that has some solid shock absorption going on.
Edge Hold: The only thing we would ask more out of the Eco Lite is edge hold. We don’t want it to rival magnetraction but we’d like to see a little more grip for those days that are less than good. There are other boards out there that are doing better with edge hold while still not being ultra grippy like Magnetraction boards.
Flex: There is a smooth predictable flex that is easy to butter. It’s also not bad torsionally. All in all the flex is very good for freestyle manuvers but still damp enough for getting a decent straight line on.
Switch: This is a directional twin with a set back stance so it’s not as easy to center compared to a true twin wit a centered stance. Still when centered it’s just a bit shy of being a twin. You can ride groomers switch and regular but if you want extra float for directional powder riding you can enjoy the 3/4? or -20mm setback it offers.
Jibbing- Not that bad for a medium flexing flat to rocker board. You can hit some rails and bonk around in the jib park without much trouble.
Pipe: We’d like a little more edge hold here for this to be a great pipe board but it did a good job in terms of being forgiving and stable inside the ice taco.
Jumps: Not going to win the generate your own air award but its far from lifeless. You can ollie around the mountain without too much effort and it’s a fun ride. Hitting the Jumps in the park are fun. It’s stable approaching the kicker and forgiving when it comes to awkward landings.
It does nothing great but everything well and you really can’t ask for more when it comes to a peak to park weapon. Most boards that have this kind of powder ride have a much more aggressive feel when on groomers. The Eco Lite offered up a fun easy freestyle to all mountain freestyle ride instead.