The Turbo Dream has mutated into a backcountry specialist in K2’s latest release the Ultra Dream. Although the Ultra Dream works well for all-mountain shredding and the occasional park and pipe session, the extra surface area in the nose and tail isn’t ideal for technical jib tricks and kicker spins. Snowboard-Review would recommend the K2 Ultra Dream to accomplished riders who ride out-of-bounds features like they’re park transitions, catching air and popping into switch.
TECHNICOLOR ALL-TERRAIN DREAM DECK
The all-new 2012-2013 K2 Ultra Dream is a tuned up version of the legendary Turbo Dream. This backcountry leaning, go anywhere board comes equipped with our all new Tweekend modified All-Terrain Rocker and Long Blend tip and tail shaping which provides more surface area for substantial float and incredible landings. Step up and into the Ultra Dream.
Available Lengths (cm):
158, 161, 164, 168, 159W, 165W
Riding Style: Freeride
All Terrain Rocker Tweekend
Carbon Web II
Hyper Progressive Sidecut
WH4 honeycomb core
Zero Sintered base
1 degree base bevel
Watch the 2013 K2 Ultra Dream Video Snowboard Review
I’ve been a big fan of the K2 Turbo Dream for the past few years so I was pleased to see that K2’s new addition the Ultra Dream had not simply replaced the TD and instead been added to the line. The Ultra Dream has taken this season’s trend of exaggerating board shapes to the extreme with its BC Shaping. The Ultra Dream’s shape won’t be to everybody’s taste, that’s for sure, and it’s not as ground-breaking as the marketing spiel claims but the very gradual transition from board tips which K2 calls Tweekends and the large blunted tips do make the most of the board length to create surface area for float in deep snow.
The core thickness at the tips is absolutely minimal so there isn’t a huge amount of additional weight in the tips which freestylers will be pleased about. What most snowboarders who don’t ride fresh snow on a daily basis won’t like is the super short effective edge. At 111cm on the 158 the effective edge is about 10cm shorter than that of the Burton Custom, this does mean that edge hold is sacrificed; however, by keeping the Ultra Dream’s flex firm the loss of grip isn’t a deal breaker.
The Ultra Dream’s flex pattern does take a bit of getting used to. The tips aren’t super stiff so they do pop and butter, but between the bindings the flex is much firmer making presses and really driving short radius carves a bit like hard work, I was particularly surprised that I found the Ultra Dream 158 to be like this when I was riding right at the top of the advised weight range. What I did notice in the grainy spring snow was how the Ultra Dream became alive as soon as the snow got loose and soft. The short running length makes the Ultra Dream nimble in soft snow which just underlines the point that this is a powder board for snowboarders who still want to ride switch in the deep stuff.
Despite the almost twin shape the more I rode the Ultra Dream the more I realised that it hasn’t been designed to encroach on the position of the Turbo Dream. The only real similarity between the two boards is the fact that they both have “Dream” in their names. I would recommend the Turbo Dream to snowboarders who spend at least 50% of their time riding lines or building kickers in the backcountry. The short effective edge and reverse camber tips will put-off those riders who like to carve-up the groomer; on the other end of the scale the stiff flex, comparatively long board length and weight in the tips will turn-off freestylers. For those snowboarders making the most of powder days in the trees, off jumps and pointing lines, the Ultra Dream seems like a good board to cover all bases. To sum up my feeling in one short sentence, the Ultra Dream fills a niche but I wasn’t overly hooked.
Lots of surface area for float in powder
Agile in soft snow
Ride switch in deep powder
Short effective edge means less edge hold on hard snow
Very stiff flex between the bindings
Be prepared to size-up if you follow the weight guidelines
Posted by Rich Ewbank in • K2
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