Description This progressively sidecut board doesn't negotiate terrain; it attacks with increased edge-to-edge responsiveness. A directional board that digs trenches in all conditions: ice, parks, pipes, pow, and crud.
Summary: 06-07 161 Recon Riser. This board is fast rail to rail and handles a lot of speed. Great for steeps, back country, trees, x course, moguls or any where tight precise turns are needed. Board is good in pow however I wouldn’t pick it as my first choice due to the nose and tail transitions being a bit flat and short. Some have said that this is a stiff board but I’ve found it to be very spongy, great for landing big jumps, pipe, kickers, etc. however not a great park board. The RR has great buttery flex but weak slow pop making it hard to load the tail for quick or large tricks. It’s hard to ride technical switch on as well but it’s not a twin tip. Hey there really isn’t “the 1” perfect board for everything but this is a pretty good jack of all trades. I’ve had this board for almost 2 seasons, it’s seen 60 – 70 days of every kind of terrain that Mammoth and Tahoe offers and even though I switch to a 158 Sapient for the parks I’m buying another Recon Riser for next season because it’s a fast, maneuverable and reliable! Even my skier friends that pride themselves on being good mogul riders were bummed when I whooped em down their favorite course.
Customer Service: Board is done for. Nothing custome service can do for me now.
Summary: thought the board was cool till it broke and k2 did not want to give me another
Similar Products Used: timeless
Review Date February 6, 2004
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Value Rating 4 of 5
Used product for 6-15
Visitors rate this review 5.00 of 5,
Reviewed by: RHS(Unregistered User)
Summary: K2 Recon Riser 161 Snowboard: First thoughts
So, my first thoughts from Tamworth were that it rode very nicely, stable in the air and positive of the kickers. Not to disimilar to my old K2 Electra which was an amazing board and set a high precedent. You can't really understand a boards true ability at Tamworth so onwards to the good stuff. Real snow on big mountains!
The marketing of the Recon Riser is that its a narrow board with 6mm risers on the bindings that enables the following:
Narrow board for big footed riders (9-10) which means quicker edge to edge response.
More leverage put onto the edge thus more grip.
I could understand the concept but I didn't know if it would make that much difference in practice.
I was riding a red piste and spotted another boarder carving down. I thought I'll match his turns and see how it compares. The board spits you out of turns and a mere flexing of the leg gives you great control. I was ontop of this guy who was carving well and at speed and then the gradient picked up and the corners came harder and faster. This is where the Recon shows its true colours. By the time I had time to look back this guy was over 150 m's behind and he didn't look like he was a shoddy rider either.
My first runs through powder were of the lightest kind. Obviously this board rocked although I went over the bars a couple of times due to a mixture of first run ineptness and bindings being too central. After I adjusted my ineptness I was fine. The powder turns I had were of the highest order and made better by having a board that ripped!
The board is classic K2 with a mid flex which makes it easy to turn at slow speeds but stiff in the nose and tail. This translates to a board that can ride anything at any speed which is a good job because this board flys. Combining the incredible edge control, progressive sidecut and stupidly fast Graphite 4000 base it wolfs down pistes as a mere apertif before the main meal of Steak Frites.
Spins, airs and switch. Yes, this board does it all. I felt very confident riding switch but the sidecut does make the turns a bit strange. I could spin 360's nicely and it wanged of kickers, bumbs and rollers. Obviously its not a pure freestyle board but it does everything I want and more.
So in conclusion it combines all the best bits of my old rocking k2 Electra that I thought was the fastest board I'd ever ridden (compared to the likes of a Ride Timeless etc) and makes positive additions to the edge control/bite and flickability. Its a great board for confident intermediates looking to take a step upto advanced freeriding.
Summary: This board isn't meant for the East Coast. It's way too fragile to handle the unpredictable. After rather small impacts the sidewall easily punched in, the edge has bent like a noodle and the base folded. After I got it repaired it happened again at a different spot!
Now it's delaminating! I've only used it for 10 days! Unacceptable. This is the second K2 board that I've been burned by. I'm switching to Burton, east-coast tough for east-coast woods.
Reviewed by: bruin3182(Unregistered User)
, from Stafford, UK
Summary: The K2 Recon Riser.
What a fantastic piece of kit!
This is only my second board, the first being a "Burton charger!" - but what a difference this has made to my riding.
It carves and turns so smoothly - like it's on rails (cliche I know)! And the spring in it! You can easily gain an extra foot of air just from the board itself!
In powder obviously it's lighter than the charger but it's narrower if anything due to the risers... it floats like a dream! An absolute testament to K2... you try it... I;ve tried out several others and beleive me, it may not be a novice ride but it can challenge most other boards both in and well beyond its price-range!
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