K2 Joydriver

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Often it's traditional design that reigns supreme, be it in snowboarding or otherwise. K2's big-mountain freestyle template by the name Joydriver shuns gimmicks in favor of common sense to create a cambered, mildly tapered board testers felt immediately comfortable on, be it on iced over morning 'roy or in variable late afternoon slop. One commented that, "It just felt like a good snowboard right off the bat--great edgehold, not too stiff, not too soft in the tip and tail, and torsionally almost perfect." The consensus on the Joydriver was that its classic construction offered an instant level of comfort that coaxed riders into putting the pedal down, shifting the Joydriver into high gear and launching. Another tester with a propensity toward large maneuvers described the ride as "snappy and jumpy," adding that it "lands like a mountain goat--sure-footed and responsive," and continuing, "You can be ninja in moguls and on sidehits because the board makes jumping and catching tranny effortless. Beyond its strengths freeriding, this thing would eat up large park jumps and halfpipes."

Length (cm) -Waist Width (cm)

156 -- 24.77

158W -- 26.27

159 -- 24.97

162 -- 25.17

163W -- 26.57

165 -- 15.37

Flex: 8/10

Camber: Directional hybrid--setback camber with rocker in the nose

Base: Sintered

Shape: Tapered directional

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

Price: $600.00
Brand Name

K2

Gender

Mens

Style

All Mountain

Product Type

Snowboard

Length

156, 159, 162, 165, 158W, 163W

Manufacturers URL

https://k2snowboarding.com/

Rad-Bad

Tester quote: “It just felt like a good snowboard right off the bat—great edgehold, not too stiff, not too soft in the tip and tail, and torsionally almost perfect.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Gallery ID

1000328645

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2018

Tester quote: “It just felt like a good snowboard right off the bat—great edgehold, not too stiff, not too soft in the tip and tail, and torsionally almost perfect.”

Good Wood 2018 presented by evo.com

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.