Expert level freerider
Alex's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
"Easy float, let me hike, surf and play any terrain. I don't like a powder board to be too flexible, because I want to lay some trenches on the groomers too. When the snow starts falling in the evening, I get happily nervous for the next day."
My favourite freeride snowboards:
1. Jones Carbon Flagship
2. Nitro Mountain
3. Jones Flagship
To all my reviews
Board for intermediate pow rider
For this snowboard review of the K2 Raygun I tested the 164 Wide size. The reason is that I wanted to test it in a lot of powder and experience the extra float. Usually I don't need a wide snowboard. The result with the Raygun is a nice experience in powder though. While you want to cruise, it gives so much extra float that it makes up for the harder perfomance on the piste. As you can imagine it is a lot harder to switch edges on a groomed slope with such a wide board. In this situation I didn't mind. The Raygun snowboard is a flat board with rockers at the ends. And my experience with flatboards on the piste haven't been so good before. So, why not try something else? And it worked out well. Flatboard on the piste was nothing special, but off-piste I got extra. It felt like a neutral-win situation. The problem I experience with the flat boards is that it feels so lifeless. Maybe it works fine in the funpark. If that is not the case, why are they made at all?
Wide for cruising powder
A bit more about the test of a Wide snowboard when usually a normal board is enough. I really enjoyed cruising the backcountry. Speeding up when possible and you are down in three turns. For the shorter turns in deep snow, you need to go in aggresively. Use the whole size of the snowboard to turn. It is like jumping from turn to turn. And of course with the relative enormous float you don't need to hang back. It stays up the snow without extra effort. I will test more wide boards in the near future and let you know how that goes.
K2 about the Raygun
"Our three-time TransWorld Good Wood Award winner, the K2 Raygun will blast through any terrain with float, pop, and speed. ICG Glass™ construction infuses carbon into this already poppy wood core for an even more active feel and directional power. A medium rise through the tip and low rise through the tail of our All-Terrain Baseline™ makes for effortless turns on hardpack while lifting you up and floating right through the magic you find away from the groomers. Get a taste of award-winning versatility this season on the K2 Raygun.", says K2. I think my review above says enough, nice experience in powder and too flat and wide for higher level piste work.
Nitro Slash: flexible and lots of float.
Burton Barracuda: good easier to maneuver freeride board.
Salomon Drift: easy to handle as well and more playful.