K2 Playback 2014 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride

The K2 Playback is a mostly flat board with a little bit of rocker at the tip/tail and it’s at a very good price point. It has a Jib to borderline freestyle focus that many riders might like if they are on a budget. For us we’d rather see you pony up a bit and buy the WWW but this isn’t bad either.

On Snow Feel:  Like all mostly flat boards that K2 makes this is very stable and easy to one foot or flat base. It’s an easy ride and it has a very playful feel for jib park and some other park riding.

Powder:  Not really a great powder board and it’s just a little better than camber.

Turn Initiation and Carving:  Pretty easy edge to edge but this isn’t a carver.  It’s more of a park board so this doesn’t really mean so much.

Speed: It’s a slow board.

Uneven Terrain:  Allmost all K2 boards do well in tough conditions like moguls and bumpy off piste but again this will mainly be in places that don’t have bumpy snow.

Edge Hold:  Moderate middle ground edge hold that is ready to be filed down for sliding.

Flex:  Soft to Medium soft. Very easy to butter and press but nothing special. We like the flex and feel of the WWW better.

Switch: Perfect either way.

Jibbing:  This isn’t a very small sized jib board but it’s very good jibbing and this is the boards best side when it comes to the park.

Pipe: Not a good pipe board.

Jumps:  It doesn’t have the snap of the WWW but it’s still got some pop on an ollie.  It’s also stable approaching a jump and pretty forgiving landing on one.

 

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Price US $339

K2 Playback Review And Buying Advice

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

Riding Style

Freestyle

Riding Level

Beginner - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide, Wide

Manufactured in

Shape

True Twin

Camber Profile

Flat

Stance

Centered

On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Easy

Flex

Medium/Soft

Edge Hold

Med/Soft Snow

Powder

Average

Carving

Average

Speed

Good

Uneven Terrain

Great

Switch

Excellent

Jumps

Great

Jibbing

Great

Pipe

Poor

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