K2 Protohype Snowboard 2012

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The hype machine has been working overtime on this one and K2 s development team has delivered. The K2 Protohype Snowboard lets loose with the latest in a long line of top-end tech-focused boards. The Protohype is designed for the freestyle technician that demands the leading edge of technology in one super damp, clean design.

Product Details

Construction and Core

The Bambooyah™ WH5 core is a skate style horizontally laminated bamboo core that is indestructible and sustainable. This is the best performing and lightest weight core in the line.

Harshmellow™ tech for a vibration force field that shields you from negative vibes, leg burn, and rough landings.

Ollie-Bar™ solves the concern over loss of pop when switching from camber to a flat base. It’s a carbon element that lives in the center of the board and is molded in place pre-loaded with camber.

Shape

Twin Hyper Progressive shape offers an infinite number of different radii that are blended together flawlessly from mellow in the tips, to more aggressive in the center. The result is a predictable feel that never hooks.

Base

The Sintered Base is ultra-thin, static eliminating, lightweight, lower material usage, and the highest quality sintered base available.

Demanded by the K2 International Pro Team, K2 pioneered the Flatline® base profile. Preloaded, stable, and turn-ready, Flatline® is exactly as sounds - a flat base, and creating a supremely balanced, smooth ride for both aspiring and accomplished pros.

Specs

  • Terrain: All-Mountain, Freestyle More 
  • Ability Level: Advanced-Expert More 
  • Rocker Type: Flat More 
  • Flex Rating: Medium More 
  • Core/Laminates: Bamboo
  • Warranty: 5 Years against core breakage
Size (cm) 153 156 159 162
Effective Edge (mm) 1193 1218.4 1243.8 1269.2
Tip Width (mm) 287.4 289.8 292 295.4
Waist Width (mm) 246 247 248 250
Tail Width (mm) 287.4 289.8 292 295.4
Sidecut Radius (m) 7.9 8 8.1 8.2
Width Regular Regular Regular Regular

Other Notes

K2 products can only be shipped within the United States

Reviews

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K2 Protohype Snowboard 2012
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (3)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Lots of pop (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • All mountain (3)
  • Freeriding (3)
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5.0

I would buy this again and again!!!

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from chi il

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Carving Ability
  • Fast
  • Good Flexibility
  • Lightweight
  • Lots Of Pop
  • Smooth Stability
  • Snowbird Pow Pow Perfect
  • Well Balanced

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Mountain
    • Freeriding
    • Powder
    • Tricks

    Comments about K2 Protohype Snowboard 2012:

    This board is on point,perfect in snowbird utah fresh pow pow 2-3ft,at 11,000 and handled perfect in all scenarios. I would recommend this board to any 1. I was really suprised how easy it wanted to flip switch. The board is fast and wants to carve even in non pow. It's aggressive in the hard knuckle drag carves,and the stability never wavered. Perfect!!!!!!

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    5.0

    Sick Deck

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    from Rockville, MD

    About Me Expert

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Lots Of Pop

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Mountain
      • Freeriding
      • Speed

      Comments about K2 Protohype Snowboard 2012:

      This board is a little more work to maneuver but is well worth the effort. It rides super fast and is very damp which makes charging lines much smoother than on a regular camber board or reverse camber. The flat base makes stomping landings a breeze and the harsh mellow in the board takes the jolt out of any bumps on the line. I have not had the opportunity to ride it in powder yet but am anxious to see if it can compete with the Turbo Dream in the deep stuff. I am sure it will hold its own for sure in the soft stuff as well but for groomer days I am convinced there is no better board. Hopefully Mother Nature will be kind to me on my monthly trips out West this year so I can have the chance to push this deck to its limits.

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      5.0

      Very Responsive and Scary Fast

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      from Salt Lake City, UT

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Lots Of Pop
      • Well Balanced

      Cons

      • Hard To Maneuver

      Best Uses

      • All Mountain
      • Freeriding
      • Speed

      Comments about K2 Protohype Snowboard 2012:

      This boards does everything to the extreme. But you have to work for it a little. The stiffness equates to serious pop and response, but this requires some leg stregth to get all of the benefits. I'm still a little uncertain on the benefit of the flatline camber but it's definitely more fun than a standard cambered board. My first time on the board it felt lightning fast. It also feels a little narrow, but it hasn't affected me thus far. My board is the 156, I wear a 10.5 boot, and my bindings have toe caps. Overall this is a fun and somewhat scary ride.

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      5.0

      Aggressive AND Fun!

      By 

      from Seattle, WA

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      Comments about K2 Protohype Snowboard 2012:

      This board is a blast! It charges pow, hardpack, and park. The flatline profile combined with their new ollie bar makes it snappy and predictable. Harshmellow absorbs vibrations and flat landings without getting in the way of snow feel and edge pressure. It is fast too! If you like snowboards that act like they should, buy this board, it is way too much fun!

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