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Old 03-08-2010, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default K2 Podium vs Nitro Team: help me!

Hi guys,
i think my choice boils down to the two models in the subject, had hard time to find the few all-mountain regular camber left, now it seems everything is bananing all over...
I need your help in understanding the differences among these boards and how they would perform and which are their shortcomings. I cannot demo the boards.

The full list with other boards I was considering as well is the following:
* Burton Custom - regular camber
* Nitro Team - regular camber (at the moment this is the favorite)
* K2 Podium - (it seems a "budget" board, to disappear in 2011)
* K2 Zero - regular camber (soon to change for Flatline though!!!)
* Ride Antic - regular camber, how it is?
* Ride Concept UL - regular camber (too stiff? pro level only?)
* Ride Prophet (it's an all mountain?)

thanks in advance, any idea is appreciated
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the Nitro are made in Austria. Where are the K2 made?
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have an 08-09 K2 Anagram. I use it for pretty much everything. ill bomb a few runs to get warmed up and then go hit boxes and kickers without a problem. I've read reviews on it and most people say the same, its a good progression board that has a lot of flex for doing presses and turning.

The only problem ive had with it is it got chewed up fairly quick. Theres the typical nicks on the bottom, but the edges are scarred and the one lip has a small amount of delamination when it took a hit, im not sure when I did it tho. Im not sure if its just not durable or if im just riding the crap out of it. I go once or twice a week for about 6-8 hours each time and usually hit the park for more then half of the day.

All in all, I love the board and if I dont break it anytime soon, im going to use it next season haha. I havent used anything else from K2 so I cant say much about their other stuff, but if their other products are like the Anagram, it might be a good choice for you.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks
i really cant make my mind at this point. So far I have only boots (Northwave decade sl).
Need to buy bindings (likely Drake Czar or Union Flow) and board (Podium/Team)
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any Podium user here?
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the Nitro are made in Austria. Where are the K2 made?
K2 boards - which includes K2, Ride, 5150, and Morrow - are all made in China. Good quality, solidly built boards (at least the K2 and Ride stuff); they were one of the first to reintroduce the current generation of rocker along with Mervin.

What's your skill level? Some of those boards you've listed are considered pretty advanced (Concept UL, Zero). Are you looking all-mountain freeride, or freestyle?
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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thanks
I know in the whole list there are boards at different level.
This is going to be my first board, so I narrowed down basically to Podium/Team. Looking for a regular camber, all mountain, main focus groomers/off piste, carving precisely, no chattering, tricks on the flat. In the park from time to time.
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i made my choice: Podium! better materials/construction/technology. Less park, more powd oriented.
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:05 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I did a lot of looking around before I bought my Salomon Burner. I was about to pull the trigger on the K2 Podium when I got an extra influx of money and upgraded my pricepoint. A friend bought a Podium and is absolutely blown away by the quality and how fast and well it rides, very good all mountain board.

You should be very happy.

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Old 03-14-2010, 06:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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which other boards did you take into consideration?
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