When the lift lines become too much to handle, there's no better escape than a joy ride through the backcountry. Based off their proven solid offering of the same name, K2's Joy Driver is delighted to take you there. Featuring a freestyle-inspired shape designed around K2's Directional Camber baseline—camber underfoot with slight rocker in the tips—testers were pleased to find that the Joy Driver was just as capable handling fast, steep lines as it was needling through tight terrain. And because K2 offers the Joy Driver in a package deal that includes skins, risers, hardware and mounting pucks, jumping into the backcountry just got easier.

Binding Features & Details

  • Directional Camber profile
  • Split-Track inserts
  • Hybrilight sidewalls
  • Built-in tip and tail grommets
  • MSRP $1100.00 (includes board, skins, risers, and pucks)

Rad: Split Track system allows unlimited stance options.

Bad: Limited size offerings (159, 165).


 

Our testers enjoyed taking joy rides through the backcountry on the K2 Joydriver. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

K2’s 4000-Sintered made for quick descents. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Voile branded tip and tail clips held held everything together with confidence. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Despite only being offered in two sizes (159 and 165), the Joydriver exhibited plenty of versatility among our test crew. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

K2’s unique Split-Track mounting system allowed testers to really dial in their stances—an area that is typically limited on split setups. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The Joydriver features K2’s Directional Camber Baseline. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

K2’s intuitive tip and tail grommets made skin application and removal exceptionally efficient. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

A durable base is a must in the backcountry. This one proved particularly tough. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

With a slight rocker in the tip and tail, the Joydriver had a degree of forgiveness to it while also providing plenty of float. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen


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