Price US $299

K2 First Lite Review And Buying Advice

K2 First Lite 2015 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride

The K2 First Lite is the K2 Moment re-named. This is a forgiving entry into the intermediate level rocker snowboard. The First Lite has a good price for an entry level snowboard.

On Snow Feel:  The K2 First Lite will be very similar to a flat camber board except it’s a little more catch free.  It’s kind of in between K2’s all mountain rocker and K2’s Flatline Technology. The flat/rocker  or mostly flat shape is going to give you a stable predictable ride when flat basing on those flat beginner runs and one footing off the chair.

Powder: The set back stance combined with the little bit of rocker will help to make your first powder days pretty good.  The board will plane well and offer up a float that doesn’t want to sink very easy.

Turn Initiation and Carving:   It will also be very easy to make short radius turns.  Once you get past the basics of turning the moment will be over and you’ll want something with more character to help you get some more spring out of the turn. Most beginner riders aren’t really going to carve so this doesn’t matter.

Speed: This isn’t a bomber but it’s good for it’s price point.  It offers up pretty good stability at moderate speeds and the extruded base glides well enough and doesn’t require waxing.

Uneven Terrain: Very good at uneven terrain and can handle a crowded bumpy Saturday very well.

Edge Hold: K2 doesn’t own the edge hold world but they don’t suck either.  The vast majority of their flat or flat to rocker boards have good edge hold that can handle most conditions you want to ride in. It can handle a hard patch or 2 but it’s not the best board for going out in hard to icy snow.

Flex: This is a nice playful flex that is buttery and snappy in some situations.

Switch:  With the stance centered its very easy to ride switch.

Jibbing: The Jib park by no means is off limits.  It’s not bad for checking out how to get through the easier parts of the jib park.

Pipe: This type of flat-rocker profile is not ideal for pipe riding but it’s fine if you want to ride the pipe on ocassion.

Jumps:  This doesn’t really have spring out of a turn but it does have a some what snappy spring for an ollie.  It’s also stable for approaching a jump in the park and it’s pretty forgiving when it comes to landing too.

All in all this is a good beginner and an ok intermediate snowboard for those that are tired of renting or don’t want the inconsistency of renting.  You will grow out of it quick but its much better than renting.

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Riding Style

All Mountain

Riding Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Available Widths

Women's

Manufactured in

China

Shape

Directional Twin

Camber Profile

Flat to Rocker

Stance

Setback -20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Flex

Medium/Soft

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Powder

Good

Carving

Average

Speed

Average

Uneven Terrain

Great

Switch

Good

Jumps

Average

Jibbing

Good

Pipe

Average