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K2 High Lite Review And Buying Advice

K2 High Lite 2014 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride

The K2 High Lite is the Eco Lite with with a much larger nose/tail making it a great powder board.  It makes this hard to classify because it’s a powder board with an all mountain aftertaste.  If you want a board that’s mainly for powder but can still play on the mountain when it’s not soft and fluffy the High Lite is the call.

Little has changed from 2013 to 2014 but that is kind of expected since this was new in 2013. That being said the new graphics are great.

Take the Eco Lite and extend the hell out of the nose. It’s massive shovel nose/tail makes for a little different ride but like the Eco Lite the High Lite can still pull off the dual personality board  pretty well. Yep it’s not as easy to throw around but the performance is similar to the Eco Lite when it comes to groomer riding.  This is just plain unsinkable when that super deep powder day comes around.  The High Lite is a powder board that can be a mostly mountain board if you don’t have a lot of freestyle need.

On Snow Feel: The flat between the feet makes for a stable ride without being any bit catchy Its better for taking an all mountain freestyle approach to the mountain but not as good as the Eco Lite. It can butter, make good short to medium size turns and pick up speed rather well.  It’s also mostly a powder specialist that recognizes you cant always ride powder.

Powder: Those massive Shovel noses can be seen side by side with the Eco Lite in the video and they really change the ride of the High Lite here in the deep stuff.  This will just float in anything.  You have the option to set it back -20mm or 3/4? to surf powder or center the stance and take a more freestyle approach to powder riding.  It’s probably one of the best boards to ride switch with as well.  This is one of the rare boards that can handle 2 powder riding styles.   It’s better with directional riding but pretty damn good switch with a centered stance.

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 and High Litedid 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. Kind of the same exact ride here as the Eco Lite

Speed: There is enough flat between the feet and dampness to make this pretty decent at speed.  There is a small improvement over the Eco Lite but it’s still no straight line everywhere kind of Slayblade ride. You would think those big ass nose/tail’s would chatter and act like a clown shoe but they don’t at all.

Uneven Terrain: Handles bumpy tracked up journeys to get to better powder well. With a nice pair of shock absorbent bindings its going to go over or around bumpy snow pretty well.

Edge Hold: The only thing we would ask more out of the High Liteand the Eco Lite for that matter 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.  The flex feels a little more towards the aggressive side of medium than the Eco Lite but still very familiar.

Switch: This is a directional twin with a set back stance so it’s not as easy to center compared to a true twin with a centered stance.  Still when centered it’s just a bit shy of being a twin.  You can ride almost as well as the Eco Lite here but it feels a little more directional for some reason.

Jibbing: Not as good as the Eco Lite but not bad for a pow board either.

Pipe: The massive nose just doesn’t allow for anything but simple pipe riding in good conditions. It’s just not as easy to throw around in the pipe.

Jumps: The High Lite can spring like the Eco Lite and it’s pretty good but not great when coming to an ollie.  When it comes to lapping the jump line it’s not going to spin like the Eco Lite. It’s tougher work here but it’s great for natural hits in deep pow.

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Riding Style

Powder

Riding Level

Intermediate - Expert

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

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Powder

Great

Carving

Average

Speed

Good

Uneven Terrain

Good

Switch

Good

Jumps

Average

Jibbing

Good

Pipe

Average