"It was a fun board for the hard groomers this morning."
-Josh Brudwick, Boarderline Snowboards (Bellevue, WA)
Lengths: 153, 156, 158, 159W, 161, 163W, 164, 166W
Waist Widths: 25 (on the 156) (cm)
Base Material: 4000 Sintered
Shape: Setback Twin Hyper Progressive
Flex (from 1-10): 6
"It was a lot of fun, had a different camber on it, and was a good all-around board."
-Matt, Ride 45
Board Shop (Petoskey, MI)
Mammoth Mountain, CA, Stratton, VT, Mission Ridge, WA, Boyne Mountain, MI, Snowbasin, UT, and Keystone, CO played host to our on-hill investigation as we queried more than a hundred riders to find their picks from literally thousands of demoed models, and when the final votes were in, we whittled it down to the top three men's and the number-one women's ride. This is SNOWBOARDER Magazine's 2009 Best of Test Men’s #3, the K2 SlayBlade. Read up and learn.
"It was little more aggressive, but it was a good Northwest feel for me. It had a little better edge bite in it, rode better at speed, and had a lot of pop and energy."
-Gorio, Evolution Sports (Seattle, WA)
"The Slayblade was a fun board also using the zero-camber idea. It had a slightly different shape and sidecut, but had a similar feel to the Rook except a little bit stiffer. It still was fun, though, and could rail."
-Jeff Perry, Milosport (Salt Lake City, UT)
"Flatline technology—it's crazy weird, it's a whole new technology, but I like it. It keeps contact with the base the entire time. It's solid."
-Matt, MC Sports (Grand Rapids, MI)
"The new Flatline tech is great; the board felt like I had already logged fifteen days on it and was broken in. The shape and sidewall cut were similar to the Burton Method, but the board was much snappier and carved extremely well. The [light] weight of the board riding up the lift was noticeable, too—the lifts at Snowbasin are long, and by the end of John Paul with some decks my left leg was asleep, but I didn't get that with the Slayblade."
-James Ritchey, Backcountry.com (Salt Lake City, UT)
"Damp, responsive, cambered…THICK AND LIGHT!!"
-Cal, Milosport (Salt Lake City, UT)