List Price US $339
K2 Playback Review And Buying Advice

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Overall Rating Pretty Good
Riding Style Freestyle
Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12, > 12
Manufactured in China
Shape True Twin
Camber Profile Flat to Rocker
Stance Centered
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Poor
Turning Experience Poor
Carving Average
Speed Average
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Great
Jumps Good
Jibbing Great
Pipe Poor
On Snow Feel


Turn Initiation


Skidded Turns






Edge Hold

Medium/Soft Snow

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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.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

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:  Almost 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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