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09-08-2013 10:39 PM
ryannorthcott Bored this evening so i thought i would post an update to this review. Since purchasing the board in 2010 my riding has improved immensely, a lot of which i credit to this board. I went from barely even able to land a front 180 off a 2 ft. side hit to being able to comfortably land 540s off ~30 ft jumps over the last couple of seasons. Of course it helps that i've had a season pass two of those three years, but this board truly is the most confidence inspiring board i have ridden, and after demoing and trying out many other brands such as lib, never summer, burton and more i am looking forward to snagging a 2014 turbo dream at the end of this season.

quick comments to expand on my initial review:
at the time of purchase i would have considered myself an intermediate rider (maybe a 5 out of 10, 10 being professional rider and 0 being your girlfriend on her first day). Since owning the board my skills on all parts of the mountain have increased substantially, with the most improvement being in park riding (almost exclusively jumps up to 40 ft.) and in back country riding. Also, I had not even attempted switch riding until i purchased this board, and am now very comfortable charging switch at high speeds. This board has more than kept up, and it keeps asking for more and more, which is why even after trying out high end boards like the t. rice, i have no desire to switch now. Maneuvrability is second to none, edge hold is extremely strong at high speeds (clocked up to 85 km/h with no jitters from the board), stability on bigger jumps is extremely confidence inspriring and float in powder is very good as well. I realize for riders that focus more so on specific styles like park riding or backcountry shredding this board will not be the one for you, but I have not been able to find a deck i prefer more for the combination of all mountain riding i do.
because not all boards are perfect, i should throw in that edge hold in icy conditions is not great simply because the deck lacks any sort of edge hold tech like magnetraction. This is especially apparent since i have moved back to alberta where i mostly ride marmot, and conditions are much more hardpack/icy than in the BC interior. This is not a deal breaker for me though as i have learned to control the board well in these conditions, and it's other advantages more than make up for this downfall in my opinion.
Another thing to mention is that the durability on this board is quite impressive. I literally rode this thing over about 15 ft. of gravel last year late in the season at marmot coming in blind over a hill with no snow on the other side. I looked at the base and was amazed there were no core shots or even deep scratches that needed to be filled. Only bad dinger i've given was when riding switch in the trees and running straight into a small tree, cracking the edge at the very tip of the tail and delaminating the top sheet slightly. i epoxied it up and have ridden the board another 1.5 seasons without noticing any ill effect.

As for the binders and boots i am just going to quickly touch on those, i am still riding the same set up and have no desire to change, the bindings have shown to be very durable and feel the same as when i bought them. as for the boots i have honestly not tried on any others since purchasing the setup, but i have no desire to as they fit my feet perfectly and the BOA tech is amazing for getting that flexy lace feel with the locked in feeling of boa in the liner. Definitely still my preferred boot tech. I will probably keep these boots and bindings for a few more seasons until i am compelled to get something different (or the same but newer)

Anyways thanks for reading, i'm stoked for another year on my 2011 TD and to pick up the exact same board for 2014 to continue to improve my riding!
12-22-2012 12:44 AM
Jet I have the Darkos and love them. For me it is the perfect compromise between the reliability of traditional lacing on the outside and the instant adjustment and strong hold of the BOA system.

With the laces on the outside you can dial in the tightness you want top and bottom and let the inner BOA fine tune the fit. You can move the inner BOA around so that it wraps your ankle the way you want and it really helps eliminate heel lift. I also love popping the BOA loose while on the lift to give my feet a break which goes a long way in the comfort department when riding a full day.
12-21-2012 10:34 PM
Joseph
How's the k2 turbo dream do in the park?

I'm thinking of buying the turbo dream, I feel like I want to step it up and get a quality board I can use for a couple years, but how does it do in the park? I want a board that I can have fun with on normal days up in the mountain and In trees and powder (basically an all Mt board) but I've got to be able to ride our competitions on my board too, the comps are slope style, boarder cross an half pipe. So would this board be good for me? I want a board that can do decent in the park (I'm more worries about jumps than rails, but I like rails too), pipe, and speed, but I don't want to sacrifice the rest of the mountain for that! This board sounds good for cliffs and pow and trees but yeah how is it in da park/pipe?
03-24-2011 09:54 PM
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03-08-2011 05:40 PM
schmitty34 cool, thought I'd try.

I'm heading to Whistler this weekend and they have demos available every day so I am hoping to demo the turbo dream a lib and maybe a few others to compare. I'll post reviews if I end up doing the demos.
03-08-2011 03:52 PM
ryannorthcott
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ryannorthcott - just curious what other boards you have ridden and how the Turbo Dream compared.

I am considering buying one that I found for a good deal, but I am hesitating because I was originally thinking my next board would be BTX or something similar (i.e. rocker with some type of edge tech to help grib hard pack and ice).

I was originally thinking I'd buy a C2BTX like the Skunk Monkey or the Dark Series, but they cost much more and not 40% off like the Turbo Dream.
yeah that's the only thing that's biasing my review, my lack of experience with other brands. my previous board was a k2 darkstar, which was a great board, but completely shadowed by the performance of the turbo dream. i also tested out my friends brand new k2 fastplant and found it felt heavier and less lively (if that makes any sense).

i would have loved to demo a couple of lib/never summer/bataleon boards just to get a feel for all the different technologies out there but sadly i didn't have that option. i went with the turbo dream because of my positive experiences with the k2 brand, the quality of reviews, and because it matched well to the type of riding i do. for these reasons i don't regret the purchase at all and i especially don't regret not paying ~$150 more for a lib/gnu/never summer.
03-08-2011 01:01 PM
schmitty34 ryannorthcott - just curious what other boards you have ridden and how the Turbo Dream compared.

I am considering buying one that I found for a good deal, but I am hesitating because I was originally thinking my next board would be BTX or something similar (i.e. rocker with some type of edge tech to help grib hard pack and ice).

I was originally thinking I'd buy a C2BTX like the Skunk Monkey or the Dark Series, but they cost much more and not 40% off like the Turbo Dream.
03-02-2011 09:41 PM
ryannorthcott Yeah I got them heat molded as well. Man what a difference! Paired with my Burton socks they are the ultimate in comfort an warmth.
03-02-2011 09:33 PM
ginofultano Good reviews, thanks. I also have the Darkos, the best thing I ever did was to bake them to fit. It took a few times to get it perfect, but they are super comfortable now.
03-01-2011 09:42 AM
kls Glad you're loving the K2 setup. I have the K2 Fling myself and my bf has the Darkos as well. He loves the boa-conda tech too.
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