Hello and welcome to my K2 Turbo Dream review.
In this review I will take a look at the Turbo Dream as an all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Turbo Dream a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain snowboards.
NOTE: The 2018 Model was the last model of the Turbo Dream that K2 produced.
Board: K2 Turbo Dream
Price: $529 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 79.3/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 27 men’s all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 80.9/100
- The highest score was 92.1/100
- The lowest score was 63.4/100
- The average price was $490
- The Turbo Dream ranked 18th out of 27
Overview of the Turbo Dream’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Turbo Dream’s specs and available sizes in the charts below.
|Style||All-Mountain||Flex||Medium (5 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Stable|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker||Shape||Directional Twin|
|Stance Setback||Setback 20mm||Edge-hold||Medium snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||245||247||249||251||260||263||266||269|
|Weight Range (kgs)||<68||59-95||59-95||>68||>68||>73||>77||>77|
|Weight Range (lbs)||<150||130-210||130-210||>150||>150||>160||>170||>170|
These weight recommendations are pretty vague unfortunately. If you want to get more of an idea of the right size for your weight and height check this out.
Who is the Turbo Dream Most Suited to?
The Turbo Dream is best for anyone looking for a one board quiver – meaning they want to only have one board but want that one board to be able to take them anywhere on the mountain and ride any style.
It’s not the ideal beginner board but also wouldn’t be the hardest board in the world to learn on. I found it was quite easy to ride and easy to turn and maneuver.
When rated as a freeride, freestyle and beginner board the Turbo Dream scored the following:
Beginner score: 71.5/100
Freeride score: 72.3/100
Freestyle score: 70.0/100
K2’s Turbo Dream in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Turbo Dream is capable of.
Board: Turbo Dream 2017, 159cm (249mm waist width)
Date: April 16, 2016
Conditions: Some icy spots early, then softened up a bit but still firm conditions, sun and clouds in the morning then light snow in the afternoon.
Bindings angles: +18/-6
With a setback stance of 0.75” (20mm) and rocker towards tip and tail this board has some decent float in powder. I didn’t have a lot of powder to play with on the day – but could still tell that this board would float pretty well.
Carving and Turning
It felt ok to carve but not amazing. You could definitely lean into it but felt a little washy when getting up to speeds.
You can link turns pretty quickly form edge to edge though. It felt maneuverable and you could get some tight turns in – just when it got wider and you leaned into a carve it wasn’t as good.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Learn more about the Turbo Dream in the video below.
Not the board to really bomb it with heaps of speed. Got a little bit twitchy when really opening it out. It’s more casual than aggressive.
It’s got a sintered base – so it won’t be slow (provided you keep it well waxed) and it glides through flat spots and slight up hills well – it’s just that it doesn’t feel that stable or smooth at speed.
This board felt pretty good negotiating the bumpy stuff – which I encountered quite a bit of lower down the mountain. You didn’t have to work too hard (which sometimes you really do in the bumps) – the board did a lot of the work, which was nice.
It’s not a jump killer – but you can certainly take it over jumps. Decent on take offs and landings. Nothing special but can certainly do it – which is what you want in a one board quiver.
Let’s check out another video
Felt ok riding switch too. It’s not a twin shape and it has a setback stance, so it was never going to be perfect riding switch, but it’s not too bad either.
Like with most things with this deck – you can take it everywhere, including jibs, but it won’t really excel at anything – but you can certainly jib with it. Just don’t expect it to feel like a jib/street board!
I didn’t take it into the pipe but based on other reviews and the boards specs, I’d again give it an average mark. It won’t be completely foreign in the pipe if you want to go in there from time to time but definitely don’t get it as a dedicated pipe board.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||79.3/100|
If you’re looking for a board that can do a bit of everything then the Turbo Dream is definitely an option.
I really enjoyed riding this board, especially in the conditions – but I think it would be pretty good in most conditions, except maybe really icy conditions.
It’s not for a really aggressive rider or a rider who wants to spend a lot of time doing any one thing. But if you like to ride more casual and like to do a variety of things – or just likes to take it easy down the groomers then this board will definitely accommodate that.
I think its biggest strength is that it’s nice and quick and easy to get from edge to edge and is nice and maneuverable.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Turbo Dream, or if you’re ready to buy, or want to research size availability or prices, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other men’s all-mountain snowboards or see how the Turbo Dream compares to other similar boards, check out my top 10 all mountain snowboard list at the link below.