I've been snowboarding for a few seasons now, but this is the first board I've ever owned. After reading reviews elsewhere and the product description above, I was sold on the 158 K2 Anagram. Here's why:
Freeride: this board is fast, light, and highly responsive. It wants to fly down the mountain side and I say let it. At faster speeds, carving is second nature. Just think about your shred and this board goes. Nearly effortless. The board has enough flex to forgive the East Coast ice/slush at the end of the season but is still sturdy enough to own the fresh laid pow. I could almost keep up with my brother, who rocks some wicked fast ski blades, down the diamond of his choice. Almost. And at lower speeds, this thing is just an all around joy to ride.
Park: Let me preface this by saying my park game sucks. That said, this board is going to make me better. It's light and confident and makes you feel the same right before lining up for major air. The flex lets you miss the sweet spot without necessarily busting your butt in the process. I didn't spend a lot of time on the rails and box-tops since the board was brand new, but the couple I did hop on were buttery easy with the factory wax. The centered stance made staying upright pretty simple.
All in all, I am very pleased with this board and highly recommend it to any rider with some experience looking to take the next step. This board will take you there!