Snowboard Iskola

Board: Nitro Cheap Thrills

Size: 155

Camber Option: Flat Out Camber. Flat to rocker in the tips.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Blue skies with clouds rolling through, low wind, warm temps, firm fast groomers to slushy chundery groomers with mashed potato like consistency and a little ice.

Flex: This board is soft make no qualms about it but it’s not a full blown jib noodle. You have a lot of play in the tips then a slightly stiffer mid section through the inserts. The torsional flex is highly abundant and you can really twist this board.

Stability: Throw any idea of stability out the window. This board feels everything and just bucks you around. You will see a lot of flap in the tips and feel it all the way through the middle of the board and up into your core.

Ollies: This board has 100% skate style pop which means you don’t have to load it up you can just ride along and pop off the rocker in the tail. With the softer flex this is a board that doesn’t have a lot of pop and what you put in you get less out of so you almost have to be more assertive and push harder off that rear foot to get more out of it.

Pop On Jumps: Small to smedium jumps are this boards jam, it’s just too soft for anything bigger. The lip of the jump ends up doing most of the work vs the board having the pop to get you in the air so be aware that you will be hoping it’s built right if you like getting up in the air.

Butterability: Here’s where this board stands out. You can bend, flex, and swivel this thing in any direction with relative ease. It’s so easy to manipulate this board how you want, but you can also over power it and fold the tips if you’re not careful so stay light on your feet.

Jibbing: Once again this is another aspect that sticks out for this board. You want to get your weight out midway between the insert and the tips to really lock into a press. If you go any further you can over power this board and cause it to fold. It holds a press well enough and has just a little snap to give you pop off the end of the feature but you never feel it fight you. While this board is flat between the bindings it does really contour around a feature when you get sideways, if you’re not careful you will get it to clap out so be aware of that.

Carving: This board rolls from edge to edge and lets you do nice set up carves for a feature or to zip around something in your way, but by no means are you going to be railing hard turns with it. The tail just lacks any rigidity and will fold when you push hard into it. Keep it mellow and you’re fine, really push it and you’ll be paying the price.

Rider in Mind: Small resort or park focused freestyle rider.

Personal Thoughts: This board is soft and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just one step above a full blown jib noodle, but it does get the job done. It’s playful and fun for what it is, but it has severe limitations and that’s fine. If you’re looking to start jibbing and progress this isn’t as bad option.

Comparable Boards: Rossignol Sawblade, Telos Adit, Bataleon Wallie

Binding Recommendations: Union Contact Pro, Nitro Rambler, Rome Vice