Zap the mountain.
Consider the K2 Raygun Wide Snowboard if you'd like to maximize fun across the entire mountain, but don't have the deep pockets for some of the fanciest boards on the market. After winning numerous Transworld Snow's Good Wood awards, the Raygun has cemented itself as one of the best values in all-terrain freestyle boards. The Raygun's flex pattern sits on the softer side of medium, which helps you initiate turns easily and play around the mountain without excess stiffness holding you back. It's built on a directional twin shape that's set back enough to benefit from straight-line stability and extra float in powder, especially seeing this version's wider shape, which provides greater buoyancy with its extra volume.
Seeing it's meant for versatility across the mountain, the Raygun's Directional Rocker profile is entirely flat across the board's effective edge, which maintains solid edge hold for carving and remains stable when you're picking up speed. Before the tip and tail contacts, the board lifts with a nice dose of rocker for catch-free turns and extra playfulness while you're buttering and pressing in the park. The rockered tips also increase its competence in powder, as the front end of the board isn't as likely to dive beneath the snow like its cambered counterparts.
Using an aspen wood core, the Raygun emphasizes smooth, consistent flex and durability over the fancier, over-the-top designs you'd find with some top-shelf offerings. This is a good thing if you're seeking a rock-solid board that rides smooth for years to come. The biax fiberglass lay-up integrates tip-to-tail carbon stringers, which enhance its overall snap and response for sending natural hits and launching off kickers in the park. Plus, it's using a low-maintenance extruded base for the rider seeking quick glide without having to wax it every other time on the snow.
- One of the best values in all-terrain boards
- Flat underfoot for predictable turns and stability
- Rocker at tips for added playfulness and float in powder
- Medium-soft flex is playful across the entire mountain
- Aspen wood core for smooth, consistent flex and durability
- Biax ICG10 carbon glass adds snap and responsiveness
- Extruded base is extremely low maintenance
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