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
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.)