Snowboard Iskola

Board: K2 Antidote

Size: 157

Camber Option: Traditional Camber.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: 3 to 5 inches of heavy wet pow, crust, chunder groomers, frozen groomers, left over pow, and warmer temps resulting in spots of sticky snow.

Flex: The overall flex comes in past a middle of the road all mountain freeride. You get a little more flex in the nose but then it stiffens up outside the front insert pack and stays at that flex back through the tail. The torsional flex is there but it’s got a lot of rebound so it’s more calculated than forgiving.

Stability: This board is mostly stable. In super choppy frozen rutted out terrain it gets bucked around if you’re charging hard, if you’re more laid back it just plows over everything. At high speeds on groomers you get a little chatter in the nose which you do feel underfoot.

Ollies/Pop: It’s good old fashioned traditional camber so when you load it up, it pops. This board has a ton of boost and while you do have to load it up it’s more skate-style than precise. This makes it awesome for launching poppers, pillows, side hits, and cat tracks with ease.

Butterability: It takes more effort than you think to butter this board. So get that weight outside the inserts and press into the sweet spot by the tips contact points. The 3D shaping helps funnel snow away from the edge which results in you not hooking up as much, especially in powder.

Carving: There’s a fast and fluid edge to edge transmission on this board. It’s not the most aggressive when you crank your knee into the center of the camber but it does have some nice edge hold for letting you rip a carve. The 3D shaping does take away some edge bite on ice or firmer snow so be aware of that, but that is very minimal. Overall this board can turn if you’re not afraid to throw your weight into the camber and drive it fast and hard.

Rider in Mind: Pow charging, fast carving, pillow popping, all mountain freeride guy.

Personal Thoughts: This board replaces the Manifest Team, a board I loved last season. It adds 3D shaping which in my opinion works well for how it’s designed aiding in this boards powder float and turn initiation. This is a great spiritual successor to the Manifest Team and I dug it. The 3D shaping actually makes the board a little faster in powder as it works perfectly to funnel the snow out from under it.

Comparable Boards: Bataleon Goliath, Nitro Dropout, Nidecker Beta APX

Recommended Bindings: K2 Lien AT, Nitro Team, Bataleon Astro