K2 Eighty Seven

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K2’s new 87 model brings a retro feel backed by modern ingredients and shaping techniques. “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.”
Its shorter, wider shape with 10mm of taper gives it better float and stability in a smaller running length (K2 recommends sizing down 5 to 7cm from your normal board length), which makes it fairly easy to toss around given its wider width. Testers also noted how damp yet lively the ride was, likely due to the carbon fiber additives and bamboo core that beef up ollie pop and dampening. Being stable and nimble, “it might be the best banked slalom board ever” one tester bragged. While its shape might fool you, our testers noted its broad ability to tackle the whole mountain mentioning, “The best board so far at playfulness plus charge-iness. The flex pattern was very stable, but maybe because of the spooned nose and short tail, it is still very agile, bouncy even.”

Length (cm) – Sidecut Radius (m) – Waist Width (cm)

150 – 7.5 – 25.65
155 – 7.7 – 26.25
160 – 7.9 – 26.65

Flex: N/A

Camber: AT Camber—camber mid-section to medium rocker tip and tail.

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of
the board’s flex.)

(Sidecut Radius: If you arced the tightest turn possible to make a complete circle, the sidecut radius would be the distance between the direct center of that circle and its rim, in meters. A board with a deeper sidecut would have a smaller radius and would generally make tighter turns. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $600.00
Brand Name

K2

Product Type
Style

All Mountain

Gender

Mens

Length

150, 155, 160​

Camber

AT Camber—camber mid-section to medium rocker tip and tail.(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)(Sidecut Radius: If you arced

Flex

N/A

Sidecut

Length (cm) – Sidecut Radius (m) – Waist Width (cm) 150 – 7.5 – 25.65 155 – 7.7 – 26.25 160 – 7.9 – 26.65

Manufacturers URL

http://www.k2snowboarding.com

Rad-Bad

Tester Quote: “Good at everything. Exceptional at airing into moguls and getting through them with speed.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Guide Year

2017

Tester Quote: “Good at everything. Exceptional at airing into moguls and getting through them with speed.”

Good Wood 2017 Presented by evo.com

With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.