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Pros Fun turns, powder, maneuverable, floationFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulLightweight, well-made, fun, responsive, user-friendly, made in the USAUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphic
Cons Flex feels bland, harder to land jumpsTricky to size, unappealing graphicBelow average floatTop sheet scratches easyCan slip on hardback
Bottom Line Simple pleasures is rightIf we could only buy one, this would be itBlow past your friendsHigh performance embedded with a consistently playful charterIndustry leading value; we're certain of that
Rating Categories K2 Simple Pleasures Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto Type Two United Shapes Cadet Jones Explorer
Edging (25%)
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Float In Powder (20%)
7
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Stability At Speed (20%)
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Playfulness (20%)
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Pop And Jumping (15%)
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Specs K2 Simple Pleasures Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto... United Shapes Cadet Jones Explorer
Shape Directional Directional Asymetrical-Twin Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Camber w/ early rise tips Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium Stiff Soft-Medium Medium Stiff
Weight 6.39 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.22 (lb) 6.44 (lb)
Tested Length 151cm 151cm 157 156cm 159cm
Available Lengths 151, 156cm 151, 154, 157cm 152,154,157,160,153X,155X,158X,161X,164X 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162cm 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W cm
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Bambooyah Carbon-wrapped wood Wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood
Waist Width 26.1cm 26.6cm 26.3 25.6cm 25.4cm
Radius 7.4m 6.5m 7.6 toe/7.3 heel 7.5m 7.5m
Taper 22mm 6m 0 20mm 0mm
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