The K2 WWW offers good stability, solid ollie power, a catch free feel and a very fun all around jib park plus ride. We all really enjoyed the way this board boosts confidence in the jib park but also is pretty fun when you venture to other places.
Condiitons: Mainly good snow and some days had harder snow in the mornings or in shadowded spots.
Riders: James, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel Limited,
Set Up: Centered Stance, Approximately 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
For the 2012 and 2013 K2 WWW Rocker the sizes are smaller and the nose seems to be more blunted out. We like this change because a jib board should have lot’s of effective edge on snow but still be small. The ride is still similar but we say go for the 2012 if you can. The 2012 and 2013 K2 WWW are very similar but there have been some minor tweaks to refine the 2013. The 2015 and 2014 K2 WWW is pretty much the same as the 2013 WWW and it’s still a great jib park to freestyle ride.
On Snow Feel: The WWW is all about jibbing but it’s not bad in other places in the park as well. It’s very stable between the feet and offers up a ride that is pretty fun for jumping and jibbing. You can head outside the park and enjoy the mountain like a big park as well.
Powder: This is almost a flat board with a little bit of rocker in the tip/tail. This doesn’t make for a great powder ride but it’s better than the older camber version.
Turn Initiation and Carving– Another part of the pop game is a boards ability to flex in and out of a turn which is minor for most park riding. This isn’t as important for a jib board but getting a little return out of your carve feels good and the WWW is missing that. Still it’s easy to initiate turns and will be more than suitable for park riding. It’s very easy to one foot or flat base.
Speed: The WWW was just fine at moderate speeds but that is about where the good times end. We thought the WWW would just be average or even worse but it isn’t bad with a little moderate mountain speed. The Fastplant felt very similar to the WWW but it had a longer glide in the flats due to the better base.
Uneven Terrain: The WWW is great in bumpy shitty snow. So if you end up in uneven terrain you won’t have much trouble.
Approximate Weight– nice balance of weight and durability.
Edge Hold: We had good conditions and a lot of fun with this board. The edge hold was good but not suited for harder snow like you would find on the east coast or some of the firmer days at your average resort.
Flex: The bamboo in the core makes for a very resilient flex. It’s easy to butter as well as get some snap back on an ollie.
Switch: It’s a true twin and rides the same either way.
Jibbing– Probably the strong point of the WWW. The mostly flat camber profile is great for jibbing and allows you a lot of board that is easy to slide on. The WWW is also very sturdy so it’s going to hold up pretty well to rail abuse. It’s fine from the easiest box to the most technical kinked rail you can find. It’s the kind of board that makes you better at jibbing because it inspires confidence.
Pipe: When a board is lacking on a carve it’s usually not that good in the pipe. It’s missing edge hold and solid wall to wall drive. You can play around in the pipe when its soft though.
Jumps: Fun and springy on an Ollie. We found this pretty easy to ollie and very fun when lapping the lines of kickers in the park. It was also fun to cruise around the mountain and look for things to ollie off.
All in all this is very much like the K2 Fastplant and we found both to be great boards. The Fastplant offers better tech and a better base but the WWW has a great low maintenance jib park ride. If you want more high end tech then you might like the Fastplant better.