K2 Happy Hour

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K2 Happy Hour snowboard

The Sell: Pointy tips make for fun tricks. The Test: By snipping the tips and tails into points and giving them some rocker, K2 made the Happy Hour remarkably easy to spin. Plus, the flat, camberless base made “six inches feel like twenty,” one tester remarked—although it also made cat tracks feel slightly terrifying. The ­Happy Hour is light and lively, thanks to carbon, Kevlar, and urethane layers running edge-to-edge ­mid­board. The Verdict: While everyone agreed it ­excelled in mellow terrain, expert testers quickly found the board’s speed limit. k2snowboarding.com

Brand: K2 $460
From Outside Magazine, November 2011 Get the Latest Issue