The Transworld Snowboarding 2017 gear guide is live and we got top marks across the board! Check out our award-winning gear below and follow individual links to read the full review. We’re stoked to help every snowboarder out there enjoy the sport to the fullest!
K2 Eighty Seven: ““Congratulations, K2, you’ve crafted my dream board,” declared one tester, who followed it up by saying, “The directional shape really dials in what you want it to do, and the tail is loaded with energy. The torsional flex enables great edge-to-edge transitions, and the shape really charges through bumps and berms.” Full review here!
K2 Wild Heart: “I’m a fan of this twin tip’s setback stance because of its floatability, but I also loved how it made quick turns through the bumps.” Full review here!
TESTED AND APPROVED—BOOTS
K2 Ender: “The K2 Ender lives up to its name as testers’ favorite freestyle boot for 2017. It’s a lightweight, low-volume, mid-flex killer with about everything one could want in an all-around playful boot.” Full review here!
K2 Sapera: “A redesign in the K2 line, the Sapera’s Intuition liner quickly molded to testers’ feet, and its contoured footbed, in combination with an efficient inner lacing harness that stayed snug with one pull, kept heels in place.” Full Review here!
K2 Aspect: “With help from Lucas Debari, the K2 Aspect was designed to take on the world’s gnarliest mountains and is one of, if not the best splitboarding boot going into 2017.” Full review here!
TESTED AND APPROVED—BINDINGS
K2 Lien AT: “Testers saw room for improvement in last year’s Lien AT, and K2 stepped it up for the 2017 edition. They were pleasantly surprised by how stiff and supportive the highback was—and according to K2, it’s 25 percent lighter than last year’s model.” Full review here!
K2 Hue: “The women’s Hue is an easygoing ride. All of the straps offer hassle-free, tool-less adjustments, and the binding is low on weight. It should appeal to exploratory riders who like to throw down in the park but also lay out soul carves across the rest of the mountain.” Full review here!
K2 Vandal:”The K2 Vandal boot with Boa lacing kept our grom testers carving and jumping all over the mountain when they weren’t laughing from all the fun they were having.” Full review here!
TESTED AND APPROVED—HELMETS
K2 Diversion: “As part of K2’s helmet line overhaul, the Diversion was updated with a hybrid hard-shell and in-mold construction. The new-look Diversion was the testers’ favorite K2 helmet to date, due to its low-profile shell, low weight, and honeycomb-patterned venting.” Full review here!
We’ve all been on the chairlift before, hungry, tired, but wanting to stay on the mountain. We’ve finally got something for you! We are excited to announce the K2 and STRONG & KIND partnership. What’s it all about? Here’s the need-to-know: Read the rest of this entry »
K2 Snowboarding is pumped to announce the addition of versatile rider Jody Wachniak to its Canadian Pro Team. With roots in Whistler, British Columbia, Jody’s flawless style and technique make him a versatile rider who crushes urban riding, as well as park and backcountry shredding.
“I couldn’t be more hyped to have Jody on the team,” said Taylor Ricci, K2 Canadian Team Manager. “The kid is one of the good guys and his positive personality is contagious. Welcome to the family Jody, it’s been a long time coming.”
Hailing from Oakbank, Manitoba, with fellow K2 athlete Jake Kuyzk, Jody and Jake grew up shredding their local hill – Springhill Winter Park – together through high school and ride together as much as they possibly can.
“Jody is one of my oldest friends and we grew up snowboarding together,” said Jake. “As years went on and our snowboarding progressed, we were led in different directions with different sponsors. I’m so hyped to see Jody on K2. We are finally on the same team now.”
Jody and Jake
Graduating early from high school thanks to the extra credits he earned from playing in jazz band, Jody moved straight to Whistler to take his riding to the next level. His versatile skills and charismatic personality make him the perfect addition to the talented K2 Canadian Team.
“I’m so hyped to be part of a company and team that promotes snowboarding as a good time and has been supporting snowboarding for over 25 years,” said Jody. “I’m looking forward to being a part of this family – thanks K2.”
Riding the Fastplant and Lien Bindings, Jody joins the Canadian team that includes: Blair McKinney, Matts Kulisek and Taylor Godber.
On March 11, 2011 a 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan causing a 23 foot tsunami to hit the coast. The resulting damage has left hundreds of thousands with out water, electricity and camped out in temporary shelters.
Now K2 Snowboarding and Spacecraft Collective have teamed up to help bring a little comfort to Japanese tsunami victims in need. Spacecraft has donated 1500 beanies and K2 Snowboarding is taking care of the shipping along with including several hundred t-shirts, hoodies and beanies.
Once in Japan the supplies will be distributed to relief shelters by Tsutomu-Endo, Japanese photographer and good friend of Spacecraft.
The other morning we picked up the boxes of beanies from Spacecraft and got a chance to check out their beach house office.
Last week Mason was in the office for a team photo shoots and video interviews. He filled use in on headphone company he and a few friends started, Frends. Today a goodies box showed up here at K2 headquarters! At first glance these are some quality products and the Classics fit so nice!
Come hang this Friday and celebrate the re-opening of Buckman’s in King of Prussia, PA with some of snowboarding’s top athletes including Gretchen Bleiler, Danny Kass, Louie Vito and more. check the flyer for details.
K2 Snowboarding is out and about in 10 countries across Europe with the PopThis! tour. Check out the Highest Ollie Tournament in your area. The tour kicked off this past September 24 at freestyle.ch in Zurich. Can you pop it? What do you need to bring along? Nothing – K2 will take care of everything. There will be unique “snow free” ramps made using dry mats. Come and try out the award-winning Fastplant board with Bambooyah technology – you might to pop the highest ollie of your life!
You’ll need to work those thigh muscles though – so get your running shorts on. It’ll be worth it: the overall winner will be flown to Mt. Hood, USA for one week at the High Cascade Snowboard Camp, where they’ll be able to pick up tips from pros such as Eero Niemela! Each tour stop winner also gets a limited-edition K2 Pendleton skate deck and a Planet Earth combo! For tour stops in your area check out k2snowboarding.com or k2snowboarding.com/facebook and get training. The competition will definitely not be taking it easy! The regional winners go head-to-head at the finals in Salzburg. We’ll see then who’s got the pop to make it to Hood!