A D V E R T I S E M E N T
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    Headquarters:

    Washington
    United States

    Sports:

    Snowboarding

  • About

    Born in the Pacific Northwest in the shadows of the Cascade mountains, K2 Snowboarding was raised in the backcountry of Mt. Baker. From the beginning, our goal has been to create original concepts and technology that drives snowboarding forward. In 1987, we made our first board; the Gyrator. We introduced cap construction boards to the market in 1987 with the Gyrator. They were constructed with a fiberglass wrapped foam core, aluminum binding retention system, UV protected ABS top sheet, and steel edges. We made our own boards on Vashon Island, WA. Unlike almost all other companies back then, who lined up their boards in the Euro ski factories to produce a lot of generic product with different color paint jobs. We have always produced and designed our own products. We created Hybrid construction in 1990, which took advantage of both laminate and torsion box techniques. Backing the best riders in the industry from day one, '87 through '92 produced K2 riders Nye Donnelly, Dobis, Riggins, Perata, Merriman, Legaz and last but not least, Farmer.
    Between '93 and '98, freestyle became a big focus - all boards, the AC, HC, and DC series, were made with torsion box construction. We also introduced almost 300 snowboarders to the backcountry over the next 5 years by taking shop employees from all over the country on an annual trip to hike Mt. Rainier in Washington. K2 Bindings joined the boards in '93, introducing a binding with an asym offset adjustable highback. According to our team, it was the new standard. In '93/94 we introduced the first wide board for big footers, the FATBOB also known as the "Original Fatty" variable width theory. We also introduced the Freestyle Vario Binding that had slots in the disc using a new 4x4 insert pattern for infinite stance adjustments, becoming the first U.S. Company to standardize a hole pattern and keep it - eventually uniting 99% of all manufacturers. '94/95 also brought the Blueball line of freestyle boots. Anyone remember that?! The team back then consisted of Daniel Franck, Dan Donnelly, Shawn Farmer, Morgan LaFonte, Nick Perata, Kevin Young, Tex Davenport, Tim Manning and Adam Merriman. In '95/96 we launched the first step-in binding, the Clicker Step-In System at the SIA show in Las Vegas. Daniel Franck also got his own pro model... yes, the one we get weekly requests for to this day! In '96/97 our new team riders were Travis Parker and Marius Sommer. We introduced the Zeppelin, the first board with torsion fork technology, designed to go up instead of just down. K2 staff and 140 shop employees hike Mt Rainier for the last time. The party got so big they didn't welcome us back! Entirely new for '97/98 was the K2 Backcountry line of snowboard-specific products for life beyond the lifts. The world's first step-in snowshoe, along with section snowboard poles, telescoping snow shovel and board carrying packs all joined the K2 collection.
    1987
    1987 - 1992
    Born in the Pacific Northwest in the shadows of the Cascade mountains, K2 Snowboarding was raised in the backcountry of Mt. Baker. From the beginning, our goal has been to create original concepts and technology that drives snowboarding forward. In 1987, we made our first board; the Gyrator. We introduced cap construction boards to the market in 1987 with the Gyrator. They were constructed with a fiberglass wrapped foam core, aluminum binding retention system, UV protected ABS top sheet, and steel edges. We made our own boards on Vashon Island, WA. Unlike almost all other companies back then, who lined up their boards in the Euro ski factories to produce a lot of generic product with different color paint jobs. We have always produced and designed our own products. We created Hybrid construction in 1990, which took advantage of both laminate and torsion box techniques. Backing the best riders in the industry from day one, '87 through '92 produced K2 riders Nye Donnelly, Dobis, Riggins, Perata, Merriman, Legaz and last but not least, Farmer.
    20 Years
    20 Years of K2 Snowboarding
    The 07/08 season marks 20 years in snowboarding! Our 20th anniversary represents a culmination of experience and passion that drives our pro team, engineers and graphic artists to produce performance driven products that continue to drive the sport forward with original designs and technology. The revolution of Rocker Construction on the Gyrator redefines the future of snowboarding as we know it, while Auto Binding Technology opens the door to a whole new generation of bindings. Jordan Mendenhall and Danny Larsen make their way to the International pro team with Am Team additions Robbie Walker, Nick Dirks and Tim Eddy.
  • My Videos

    K2 Snowboards has been tagged in 4 videos on GrindTV.

    K2 Snowboards at Tailgate AK

    K2 Snowboards at Tailgate AK

    3 years ago

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    SixEleven's RIDE ON: Alpental

    SixEleven's RIDE ON: Alpen..

    4 years ago

    328 views

    Think Thank Foot Note #3. Rainy Days in Alaska

    Think Thank Foot Note #3. ..

    5 years ago

    131 views

    Tailgate Alaska Episode 6

    Tailgate Alaska Episode 6

    5 years ago

    50 views

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