For the shredder chicks - the K2 Duchess is where it's at! I love this board. Both of my other boards (the Rome Blue 151 and the Roxi Envi 157) are stiff and aggressive boards, but I need more versatility to enhance my progression.
As I am progressing, I wanted something a little bit lighter in weight with a bit more flex (but not too much, I'm not going to be jibbing or anything anytime soon). I still like a stiffer board/longer board, but between the stiff Rome and the long Roxy, I needed to find some middle ground. Something with a little more flex, but that would still be stable for freeriding, but that I could hopefully use to help improve my turns and transition into some beginner jumps and maybe some beginner park features towards the end of the season. So I picked up the 09' K2 Duchess in a 154
The sidecut on the Duchess makes for quick edge to edge transitions and takes minimal ankle flexion to initiate a turn, which from researching is a result of the Hyper Progressive Sidecut, which allowed me to feel extremely stable in the center of the board where I need to be most. The turns are seamless and effortless.
After riding the Envi MTX as my pow board, I was a little sketch to try it out in the pow, but the Duchess floated effortlessly. The 3/4 set back and slightly longer tip and tail also made for a smooth powder ride, I could say glide...
I even felt confident riding in the afternoon ice patches, I usually sketch out on ice, but the Duchess held the edges on the icy patches like a champ. I felt stable, confident and smooth at high speeds and was able to test it out on powder, ice and groomers throughout my 7 day trip. Overall solid ride!!!
Bottom line, from an intermediate rider: The Duchess is stable at high speeds, with strong edge hold which makes it awesome for freeride, but also just flexy enough to take me into beginner jumps and maybe eventually some beginner park features. Floats through pow and cuts right through the afternoon icy patches.
Phenomenal all-mountain board. I had so much fun, I can’t wait to ride her again next weekend!
Shout out to shredbetties, I read every single review on every board the shredbetties team did, and that is how I decided on the Duchess and it's worked out awesome so far.