The K2 Spot Lite is a hybrid camber all mountain kind of ride that really improves on the thing you do the most out there. Turning. The “Lifted” version of hybrid camber makes for a still pretty forgiving ride but also adds a lot more fun to turning and carving compared to K2’s Flatline and Flat to Rocker tech they have.
Approximate Weight: Feels on the light side of normal.
On Snow Feel: Stable in the flats and one footing off the chair but there is still a little bit of a be carefull feeling out there that makes this board border on the semi-catchy side of stable. It’s noting as bad as camber but its a little more unforgiving than K2’s flat to rocker tech.
Powder: The set back saves this because otherwise that little rocker after the camber would not help too much. It’s better than a set back camber board but not as good as other boards that have more rocker in the tip/tail and no bends down near the tip/tail. Still it can work fine set back on most powder days especially if you are a solid powder rider. If you are you might actually appreciate the spring off the tail you can get from this in certain situations like an Ollie off harder wind lips.
Turn Initiation and Carving: In the past few years the boards that filled this price point didn’t make turning as fun as the Spot Lite. It was easy to turn but there was no life in the turn. The completely flat boards were the worst and the Flat to Rocker boards were better but still missed something. Now short to wide radius turns have a little bit of spring out of it and are fun. Carving has vastly improved making the board much more fun to really commit to a carve and get horizontal over the snow. It’s not a perfect camber freeride carver but it’s got a lot more juice than the old flat or flat to rocker models do. This really transforms the ride.
Speed: Pretty good base for keeping your momentum going in the flats or down long shitty cat tracks. It also isn’t very chattery and can handle a straight line pretty easy.
Uneven Terrain: Not bad for weaving in and out of end of the day bumpy snow.
Edge Hold: Not quite the best grip we came across but it can handle border line hard snow pretty well.
Flex: Despite the camber near the tip/tail this is pretty easy to butter and play around with. It’s nothing super easy but it definitely is better than you would think.
Switch: With a centered stance the Spot Lite will ride very well. It’s not a true twin but if you want to ride more switch it can be done very well.
Jibbing: Not really a jib board but it’s doable.
Pipe: If this had more edge hold going on this would be a really fun pipe board. Still it drives well from wall to wall and can be pretty fun there.
Jumps: Nice spring from the tip/tail when it comes to an ollie and it’s a fun board to ollie around the mountain or lap the kicker section of the park.