The following is a quick overview of the 2024 K2 snowboards lineup.
First I will take a look at any new boards for the 2023-24 season, and any 2022-23 boards that aren't returning with a 2024 model.
Then I'll place each board into the categories where I see them fitting best and finally take a look at any changes for returning boards.
New 2024 K2 Snowboards
The new boards for 2023-24 are:
+ Gateway - Not really new, but more a name change for the Raygun (bar the graphic). It looks to be identical in every way to the Raygun, so essentially just a name change.
+ Gateway Pop - Again, really just a name change from the Raygun Pop.
+ Hypnotist - Full camber, 7/10 flex, true twin board. What we would classify as an aggressive all-mountain freestyle board. For more advanced freestyle riders hitting bigging features, but no doubt it wouldn't be a slouch in terms of speed and carving, with those specs.
+ Isolator - This is a new split board and while it's not purely a split version of the Excavator, it does use the same shape, camber profile etc of the Excavator with some differences, but by and large a split version-ish of the Excavator.
+ Lil Mini (75, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130)
Exiting 2023 K2 Snowboards
The 2023 boards that aren't returning with a 2024 model:
- Raygun - but this is directly replaced by Gateway, so just a name change.
- Raygun Pop - again just a name change in reality to the Gateway Pop.
- Bottle Rocket
- Split Bean
All 2024 K2 Snowboards by Category
Below, I have categorized K2's 2023-24 lineup. This is according to the categories here at SnowboardingProfiles.com and not necessarily the same as how K2 might label them.
Of course these are only broad categories as every board is different, but this is a rough guide.
-K2 BEGINNER SNOWBOARDS-
- Standard | Top 10 Beginner Board
- First Lite | Top 10 Women’s Beginner Board
-K2 PARK/FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS-
- World Peace
- Lime Lite
-K2 ALL-MOUNTAIN-FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS-
- Medium | See Full Review
-K2 AGGRESSIVE ALL-MTN-FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS-
- Hypnotist | NEW for 2024
-K2 ALL-MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARDS-
- Manifest | See Full Review
- Gateway | NAME CHANGE for 2024
- Gateway Pop | NAME CHANGE for 2024
- First Lite
-K2 AGGRESSIVE ALL-MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARDS-
-K2 FREERIDE SNOWBOARDS-
- Excavator (Volume Shifted)
- Cold Shoulder
-K2 POWDER & SHORT/WIDE SNOWBOARDS-
- Special Effects (Volume Shifted)
- Party Platter (Volume Shifted)
- Niseko Pleasures (Volume Shifted) | See Full Review
-K2 SPLIT BOARDS-
- Isolator | NEW for 2024
-K2 YOUTH SNOWBOARDS-
- Vandal (in a 132, 137, 142, 145W, 148W)
- Kandi(in a 129, 134, 137 & 141)
- Mini Turbo (in a 75, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130)
- Lil’ Kat (in a 75, 90, 100, 110, 120)
- Lil’ Mini (in a 75, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130) | NEW for 2024
So there you have the 2024 K2 snowboards.
Out with the Old and In with the New
The Raygun and Raygun Pop appear to exit but they don't really - just changed names to Gateway and Gateway Pop.
The Bottle Rocket and Split Bean are however genuinely exiting with no obvious direct replacement.
The Hypnotist is a genuinely new board with a mid-stiff flex, full camber and a freestyle shape. We would say it's an aggressive all-mtn-freestyle board, though we haven't had a chance to test it just yet.
There's also a new split board, the Isolator, which is in a lot of ways, but not exactly, a split version of the Excavator.
Changes to Existing Models
Medium: Gains new sizes 141, 144 & 147 and drops the 160W. This makes it a more genuine unisex option.
Manifest: Gains new sizes 144, 147 & 150. Quite a few dimensional changes too, including effective edge, sidecut and width. E.g. on 156:
- Effective edge now 118cm (was 119.3cm on 2023 model)
- Sidecut now 9.0/6.9/9.0 (was 8.7 on '23 model).
- Waist now 253mm (was 250mm on '23 model).
- Tip/tail width now 298mm (was 294mm on '23 model).
Setback is also less now. Was 0.75" (20mm) on '23 model and now 0.5" (12.5mm). Weight recommendations and stance width also changed. So quite a few changes there. But doesn't look like any changes to core or camber profile or flex or anything like that.
Every other returning model appear to be the same as their '23 counterparts, apart from the graphics.
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