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Old 01-17-2014, 05:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2014 K2 Turbo Dream 159

Me: 5'10" 180 LBS, good all mountain rider, beginner park rider. I can carve and ride steep and fast but my knees are getting older so i don't really want to do that type of riding all day. going slower an doing jibs spins and butters is getting more interesting.

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First ride conditions- night, 36F, corn snow with ice under, fast/no moguls

Flex- medium stiff under and between feet, medium in the tail, medium soft nose. Easy to butter, torsional flex is good enough to be stable.

Stability- Super smooth on edge, no problem carving over and sucking up weird bumps, i never felt like i was being bucked around no matter how fast I went. Flat basing was a little sketchier than normal but never got out of control. Really soaks up up big and small bumps, my other boards you can feel every little thing on the hill, not so here.

Jumps/ollies- very smooth pop on jumps, when the whole board flexes it has snap. not much pop for ollies, you really have to dig to load the tail and even then not much happens. This is probably the only downfall of this board.

Carving/turns- kick turns and skidded turns are very easy, the rocker tips make these type of turns impossible to mess up (good for new riders). Carving is good too, holds the edge up to a point, then lets go smoothly no chatter. You really have to be pushing it, even on ice, to get it to slide out. Good energy from the board through the turn, not spectacular but good. Rides switch just fine, no issues there.

No idea how it works in pow yet, i imagine it will be great based on the shape, looks pretty much like my charlie slasher with a longer tail and no taper.

I wanted something to replace my slasher and banana magic, to bring when i can only have one board when there is fresh snow. This might do the trick.
If you see a a lot of fresh snow usually in bounds this should be one to seriously consider. There are a lot of really good boards out right now, this is one of them i think. TheGoodRide.com review of this board is utter bullshit, as are most of their reviews.

Will post updates as more thoughts and riding come.
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Thanks for the review. Was at the local shop today and was recommended turbo dream for the "good choice all mountain board"
Seems it wasnt just marketing bullshit. I saw some videos how Turbo Dream goes in pow, but never saw how it carves...
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Me: 5'10" 180 LBS, good all mountain rider, beginner park rider. I can carve and ride steep and fast but my knees are getting older so i don't really want to do that type of riding all day. going slower an doing jibs spins and butters is getting more interesting.

K2 Turbo dream 159
Ride RFL boots Size 9.5
K2 IPO large

First ride conditions- night, 36F, corn snow with ice under, fast/no moguls

Flex- medium stiff under and between feet, medium in the tail, medium soft nose. Easy to butter, torsional flex is good enough to be stable.

Stability- Super smooth on edge, no problem carving over and sucking up weird bumps, i never felt like i was being bucked around no matter how fast I went. Flat basing was a little sketchier than normal but never got out of control. Really soaks up up big and small bumps, my other boards you can feel every little thing on the hill, not so here.

Jumps/ollies- very smooth pop on jumps, when the whole board flexes it has snap. not much pop for ollies, you really have to dig to load the tail and even then not much happens. This is probably the only downfall of this board.

Carving/turns- kick turns and skidded turns are very easy, the rocker tips make these type of turns impossible to mess up (good for new riders). Carving is good too, holds the edge up to a point, then lets go smoothly no chatter. You really have to be pushing it, even on ice, to get it to slide out. Good energy from the board through the turn, not spectacular but good. Rides switch just fine, no issues there.

No idea how it works in pow yet, i imagine it will be great based on the shape, looks pretty much like my charlie slasher with a longer tail and no taper.

I wanted something to replace my slasher and banana magic, to bring when i can only have one board when there is fresh snow. This might do the trick.
If you see a a lot of fresh snow usually in bounds this should be one to seriously consider. There are a lot of really good boards out right now, this is one of them i think. TheGoodRide.com review of this board is utter bullshit, as are most of their reviews.

Will post updates as more thoughts and riding come.
I'm pretty interested in this deck, although it sounds just slightly less versatile than I'd like, I'm curious about a direct comparison with the Ultra Dream, which I'm guessing is even less versatile, they just sound like great decks.

Maybe the Happy Hour would be for me but I really like to butter and nollie and those pointie tips are mindfucking....
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I'm pretty interested in this deck, although it sounds just slightly less versatile than I'd like, I'm curious about a direct comparison with the Ultra Dream, which I'm guessing is even less versatile, they just sound like great decks.

Maybe the Happy Hour would be for me but I really like to butter and nollie and those pointie tips are mindfucking....
As many folks told me Ultra Dream is more pow oriented, so even less versatile
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I'm pretty interested in this deck, although it sounds just slightly less versatile than I'd like, I'm curious about a direct comparison with the Ultra Dream, which I'm guessing is even less versatile, they just sound like great decks.

Maybe the Happy Hour would be for me but I really like to butter and nollie and those pointie tips are mindfucking....
Im really surprised BA reviewed the Ultra dream but not the turbo, seeing as the design changed a bit from last years. From what i felt in the store the ultra had more setback but a bigger scoop tail which made the effective edge shorter, more twin shape, less twin setback, it was also slightly stiffer. If you see a lot of fresh snow i think either one of those would be great. I'm not really good at buttering (learning though), so i cant comment there. there are always tradeoff with boards, this one loses some of that nice camber pop but gains pow float and easy riding.
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Thanks for the review. Was at the local shop today and was recommended turbo dream for the "good choice all mountain board"
Seems it wasnt just marketing bullshit. I saw some videos how Turbo Dream goes in pow, but never saw how it carves...
I'll have to be a dork and get some go-pro footage of carving on it when i get home next week.
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Unless the deck in question is a rockered park noodle, I don't understand the question "how does it carve?"

The answer in every case is "better than you."
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Unless the deck in question is a rockered park noodle, I don't understand the question "how does it carve?"

The answer in every case is "better than you."
Of course everyone has its own carve-o-meter, I just wanted to see if it is possible to make a nice curve with a flat base profile on this particular board.

i.e. I was out-adviced from ride berzerker (though it has a micro-camber) by a guy who owns one, because he found its not so nice (lot of work to make curve happen) on groomed slopes. Since Turbo Dream is an all-mountain, I'm interested in opinions on edge control and edge-to-edge switching
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Got to ride in some pow today.

The board performed very well, it would only sink if I put full pressure on my front foot. Standing even, it just floats right along. The tail will wash out of you land a drop in the backseat, but thats mostly my issue and not the board.

It ploughs through chunder and tracked out landings no problem. much smoother and easier to ride than my charlie slasher.

I also take back what i said about the board not having pop, it definitely snaps off of jumps and lips and side hits, its just not that instant pop like a board with camber.
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yea i have an older model of this deck, pop is a weakness as well as edge hold in my opinion. that said the board has improved my riding immensely and i love it as if it were my baby
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