The Smokin KT22 now has camber from tail to a bit past the front binding which is a massive improvement over the old clash rocker for riding the mountain. It also has a very unique shape that makes it a lot more versatile than it looks.
Conditions: Really good mid winter sierra snow with hard snow in only a few places.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Kyle,
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton AMB, Deeluxe Deemon
Bindings: Union T.Rice
Set Up: 15 front -19 back approximately 23″ wide
Approximate Weight: Felt normal
Flex: It’s a flex that’s med/stiff bordering on medium.
On Snow Feel: Stable and it’s a little catchy in the tail but not the nose as it has more rocker than a lot of mostly camber boards. It tracks really well on long cat tracks, one footing or getting off the chair. It’s got an intersting feel to it. It’s a twin in shape for the most part with directional camber and a set back of .50″ or approximately -12.5″ so it’s got a freeride kind of nose/tail, an all mountain freestyle twin shape and a mostly camber profile for those that love to turn. It makes it a hard board to define and it’s a lot more versatile than you would think.
Edge Hold: Love this mellow mag from Smokin and it’s just right. Not too much in the soft stuff but enough to hold in the hard. When you set that edge it should hold in everything but ice.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick but not super quick edge to edge. Just the right kind of turn initiation that can handle tight spots but also straight line.
Skidded Turns: It’s not the easiest on you if you get off your game but if you are an accomplished rider you can
Carving: Man this was fun to lay out a carve on and there is lot’s of poppy camber going underfoot on where you need it. I really had a good time laying it over in the flats.
Speed: It’s got a feel to it that is fine for pointing on most mountains without at the same time being a bitch in uneven snow. Yeah there are faster boards but that big nose and tail won’t clown shoe that much on you. We actually thought they would bounce around a lot more.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty easy to ride some messy chopped up snow and you don’t feel like you are on an unforgiving plank. You feel the dampening tech and you don’t feel like you are on fiberglass wrapped around wood.
Powder: We didn’t get any powder on this board but hope to one day. However there only seems to be a minimal set back on board so the early rise in the big ass nose and the .5 set back are the only things keeping it from being a true twin. Still it seems like it should be great for directional float when the board is set all the way back.
Switch: Much better than we thought. You think at first that it’s not going to be easy but it’s pretty doable and the only real issue is there is no rocker in the tail and a good bit of early rise in the nose. So pretty easy to ride switch for sure when centered. It’s something that won’t take too long to get use to when you own it.
Pipe: Yeah we all had a pretty fun time with the Smokin KT-22 in the pipe and it was something we could lap the pipe with. Very nice drive from wall to wall and nice pop off the lip.
Jumps: There is some spring off the tail and it’s got a good feel to it for directional air. It’s also very doable landing fakie so it’s kind of one of those boards that prefers directional air a little more but still says take me switch if your feeling it. It’s not an ideal board for spinning off kickers but it can handle jumps of all sizes for sure.
Man what a great improvement going to hybrid camber/mostly camber with this ride and adding that big shovel nose and tail to it. Very well done. It’s got a nice modern aggressive all mountain ride that gives you some twin aspects if you want it, carving power for most days and directional floaty aspects to it when you need it.
2014 Smokin KT22 Review
This is their directional all mountain to Freeride ride that helps well when it comes to edge hold. It’s refreshing to see a hybrid rocker all mountain board with a set back stance. The bigger it gets the more the freeride board it becomes. This is a great hybrid rocker all mountain to freeride choice for those that see hard to icy conditions but also love powder and setting it back when it gets deep.
Conditions: A little dusting of light Utah powder with some pretty hard snow underneath and other times completely exposed.
Boots: Burton Ion
Bindings: Flux TT30
Set Up- about 23″ wide slightly set back 15 front -6 back.
The Smokin KT22 feels like a close relative of the now discontinued C2 BTX Gnu Billy Goat from 2013 to I think 2010 but it’s got more sizes.
On Snow Feel: Pretty stable for a hybrid rocker but you still get a bit of a loose feeling between the feet when riding on harder snow. Softer snow feels stable. It feels right in between the Billy Goat and the Lando Phoenix. Not bad for one footing and flat basing.
Powder: I didn’t really have enough powder but you can just tell by the 1″ set back, the longer sizing and the hybrid rocker will make for excellent powder riding. Also the waste for the regular size boards is not narrow but it’s not in the mid/wide world either so it should be pretty easy to maneuver in deep powder. What little powder I had the board just moved through it like there wasn’t powder. It can be a little grabby but it’s not as bad as many of the magnetraction boards I’ve tried.
Turn Initiation– Pretty easy to turn for it’s length and flex. Short radius turns are pretty quick and are closer to the Billy Goat than the Phoenix here. Mid to wide radius turns are pretty easy and provide some fun as well.
Carving: Laying into a hard carving turn isn’t perfect like the camber boards but it’s not bad for it’s camber profile.
Speed: Pretty damp and stable but most hybrid rocker boards (including this one) aren’t perfect when it comes to not feeling a bit off.
Uneven Terrain: it doesn’t significantly reduce the shock you get from a bumpy day but it does really well for it’s length and flex.
Edge Hold: Pretty good grip. It’s a little more aggressive than the billy goat and Phoenix but its still doesn’t grab as much as you would think in soft thick snow.
Flex: It’s a pretty aggressive flex but it’s still not terrible to butter or press with.
Switch: Definitely different but very doable.
Jibbing- Not the best jib board. It’s long and has an aggressive flex.
Pipe: It’s a little too long to be a good pipe board but everything else about the boards make up isn’t bad for the pipe.
Jumps: It’s not a board for the kickers in the park but it’s fine for popping off natural features and it springs pretty well for an ollie.
The Smokin KT22 is another good option for those that need a little more edge hold and like a more forgiving easy floating freeride board out there. It’s right up there with the Billy Goat and C2 Phoenix models. So if this ride appeals to you we have no issues saying go a head and buy it.