Snowboard review K2 Gyrator
A powder focused snowboard
The Gyrator is a flatboard and one of the top-end snowboards by K2. On forehand i wasn't really excited of trying yet another flatboard. But I try to keep on going into the test with an open mind. For this board it means that i have fun with it in powder, it is stable at higher speeds. I only miss pop while carving on a groomed slope.
Cheapest price we found K2 Gyrator 2012 for sale at:
Not for sale anymore, maybe you like these as a good alternative:
1. Nitro Slash
3. GNU Beast
First when i focus on what its best qualities are, the Gyrator is what you expect from a powder snowboard. Enough float while cruising and when you are boarding aggressively it answers as you wish. Turning and floating, what makes the freeriding so nice. Good in the woods too.
80% off-piste, 20% piste
Easy, always in control
Powder good, flat on piste
Any powder day
Flatboard on the piste
Where the Gyrator as a flatboard gives you a lot of fun off-piste, I still have question the qualities on the piste. When I start my turn, it is easy to get the board on the edge. The Gyrator is stiff enough to keep the turn without getting nervous. Large turns is what it wants, in other words it has a big radius. Then when you think, well this goes all very good, you hope for that accelaration at the end of the carve. That didn't happen unfortunately. Nevertheless when you use it mostly in powder, it is a fine snowboard for any terrain.
K2 about the Gyrator
"Rocker started here. Made for powder float and quick turns in the trees." according to K2. The Gyrator is for trashing all powder snow conditions.
Dimensions/sizes of the Gyrator
Length (cm): 158, 162, 168
Waist wide (mm): 249, 254, 258
You won't feel limited off-piste with the K2 Gyrator. Compare it with newer powder snowboard models like Nitro Slash or Burton Barracuda. Both I like better but with Gyrator I can have a great cruising time as well. Just as with the Burton Juice Wagon.