REVIEW: 2012 K2 Happy Hour Snowboard
I am 5'9", 160lbs. and I got the chance to get on the New Happy Hour for 2012. I rode it in a 159 which is a bit bigger than my normal 153-155ish boards.
Here is what K2 says:
The Happy Hour is the result of leaving the team alone to do what they want with each and every element of this all-new deck. A bit scary really. We are lucky no one was hurt. But the end result is the most bizarro genius fun board we have ever ridden.
Shape: Stabby Twin
Additives: NEW! Carbon Web 1/Ollie Bar
Base: 4000 Sintered
Here is what I say:
My first thought was, "I hope I like this board" because I was out with a large group and wasn't going to have time to swap out boards. I have ridden flatline boards before and liked them and the Happy Hour is replacing the Believer (also flatline), so I thought that they would be similar. I was wrong. The Happy Hour is way better than the Believer. It is very strong in big turns, holds and edge very well (dust on crust and some icy spots) when carving through turns, and is also quick and responsive in short turns (especially for a 59). Lots of pop, I found myself ollieing off of every little knoll, bump, and drop that I could find. I took for a few runs through the trees just to find some softer snow and it floated well in the 1ft. deep sections I could find. I didn't get to take it in the park at all but by the way it popped and pressed on the mountain, I am sure it would be solid in the park. And the stabby twin shape got me a few comments from lifties...it stands out.
I was very impressed with the board and I think that it could win a good wood for 2012 (that is my bold prediction). One of the most fun boards that I have ever ridden (FYI I am a snowboard buyer for a retailer so I ride 20-30 different boards a year). The Happy Hour will retail for $459.99 in 2012.