The Powabunga is the replacement to the iconic Hell Bent. The Hell bent had a really soft, surfy feel largely thanks to its flat camber and I was interested to see if the Powabunga would retain any of those quality's now that k2 had added some camber. At 136 underfoot these would be the biggest skis I would try all test, but luckily it had snowed overnight so hopefully I would be in the right conditions.
The first thing I did when I got on the skis was test out the flex in the tip and tail. They do feel firmer then the Hell Bent but still extremely easy to get up onto. I tried a little tail butter off a ridge and the tails definitely allow some good flex. The added camber certainly does give the ski some extra power, you can actually drive these skis quite hard not something that was always possible on the Hell Bent. The camber also gives the skis some decent pop and does make landings a little more stable especially when you get more over the tails.
Any ski this large will always be quite heavy and the Powabunga is certainly no light weight but the ski does not feel slow and unresponsive. In deep snow they were incredibly stable, you could push into the tips to really drive the skis but I found the best stance was a little more upright.
In the wetter, cut up snow the skis did get deflected and bounced around quite a bit. Having such a wide ski can be quite hard to control when its not just soft deep snow, so if you were considering these as an all mnt ski I may look else where.
These skis are made for one thing and that is to have fun in the deepest snow. They are not a big line charger, they are a softer more playful big day ski. You can certainly ski them hard but if you are looking to straight line tight chutes these would not be my first choice. However if you were going on a Cat or Heli trip and just wanted a fun ski that can handle the deepest snow, the Powabunga could make a perfect option.