Snowboard Iskola

Board: Nitro Mountain

Size: 160

Camber Option: Cam-out camber. A mostly camber profile with a little early rise before the up kick 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: Sunny bluebird skies, cooler temps, 6 inches of fresh snow, perfect corduroy, and some ice and chunder off the runs for a good mix.

Flex: This is a slightly stiffer than middle of the road all mountain freeride flex. That means you have a fully directional flex to coincide with the shape of the board. Softer nose that progressively stiffens up to the tail with a fair amount of torsional flex.

Stability: This board is super damp and smooth for what it is. You get a little chatter in the nose in really chundery rutted out terrain. The nice thing is you don’t fully feel it under the front foot. Now from the center through the tail is the most stable section of this board and it does a great job of just dissipating all vibrations so you can crush anything in your path.

Ollies/Pop: With this deck being camber dominate you have to load the camber up to get it to engage and while it’s not the most reactive snap from a board it’s super capable of popping off anything in its path with ease. So load it up and launch whatever you’re hitting, just know there’s a slight delay to how it rebounds.

Butterability: This thing is a chore to butter. It just takes so much work due to the flex and camber profile and when you finally lock it in on the nose it just wants to get back on the ground. On the tail it takes even more work to get it to engage. The best advice I can give you is find a section of steep terrain that’s wide open, has some fresh snow, and just muscle this thing around as you see fit.

Carving: This board transitions smoothly from edge to edge with a lot of power and precision. It’s not the most nimble nor should it be as this board is designed to cut through anything in its path. On edge you feel locked in and it just chops through any variation in its path. This board can lay a trench when you need it to but you want some space as it takes a bit more room to really get this board over on edge at a full apex. Short tight quick turns to long hard drawn out ones really suit this board.

Rider in Mind: Harder charging powder freeride guy with some freestyle flare.

Personal Thoughts: In the past I wasn’t totally sold on this board, but this time around it just felt a little more dialed in like they tweaked the sidecut and flex a bit. That changed the ride. It is a stiffer more damp ride which isn’t a bad thing and it gets the job done when you’re slashing pow or pushing through chop and chunder. On edge it cuts through anything in its path and feels locked in. Overall it’s a solid freeride board with some freestyle flair.

Comparable Boards: Libtech BRD, Ride Berzerker, Bataleon Camel Two

Recommended Bindings: Nitro Phantom, Burton Cartel, Union Atlas