Snowboard Iskola

Board: Nitro Optisym X Drink Sexy

Size: 156

Camber Option: Cam-Out Camber. Majority camber with a little rocker in the tip and tail.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: A mix of blue skies and sun with grey clouds rolling in, slightly warmer temps, mild to moderate winds, chunder, ice, lumpy groomers, firm fast groomers, and perfect corduroy at times.

Flex: The big thing to talk about with this board is that it’s slightly stiffer than middle of the road but has clear defined flex points outside the bindings mid way through to the tip kicks. It’s stiff through the middle of the board and out past the inserts then hits that flex point where it gets softer to the tip kicks. The torsional flex is there but not overly abundant it’s a perfect match to the board.

Stability: Here’s the weird thing about this board on your toe edge you feel more chatter than on your heel edge, this is due in part to the asym construction of the board and their Powerwall technology. The tips which you should expect to have chatter do but it stops just past that flex point I mentioned. This makes it a little more stable underfoot when flat basing. On the heel edge you rarely notice any chatter. Overall it’s stable to a point but can get bucked around in really rutted out terrain so keep those knees bent.

Ollies: It’s pretty much camber dominate so there’s definitely some snap there. Load it up and wait for it to rebound as its a delayed reaction, this means you have to be a bit more calculated with how you pop off a roller or sidehit. The snap is there but it’s not mind blowing it’s more or less enough to get the job done when you need it to.

Pop On Jumps: This thing can handle jumps that’s for sure whether small, medium, or to an extent some large ones. With that delayed reaction to the pop on this board you have to utilize the lip a bit more which isn’t a bad thing if it’s built right, if it’s not well then suck those knees up.

Butterability: This is the first board I’ve ever hooked up buttering on this season and it threw me hard. With that said you need to know how to engage the board with those specified flex points between the inserts and the tips, that’s the sweet spot to lock into a press. Get your weight out over those and prepare for some magic to happen. This board isn’t overly aggressive with fighting you it’s just that you need to engage it precisely or it won’t do what you want.

Jibbing: This thing can jib and feels at home on rails. Whether going slow or fast it locks into presses and holds well enough. Going sideways you can feel the board wrap itself around the feature but not clap out which makes it smooth and stable when sliding a feature.

Carving: With it being an asym snowboard you do have a deeper heelside sidecut to rail turns on. Now with that said this board is kind of mediocre at carving. It gets the job done but you never feel like you can hit its full potential. On the toe edge it has serious limitations and just feels like you hit a wall when laying it over. On the heelside you can lock in on the edge and just transition from one side of the run to the other with minimal effort compared to a non-asym snowboard. When really trying to rail turns regardless of which edge you’re on you never feel locked in you feel as though it may kick out. The overall edge to edge transmission is slow and methodical and makes you calculate your turns.

Rider in Mind: Asym loving freestyle guy.

Personal Thoughts: I’m not a fan of this board. It kind of reminded me of the old Nitro Fury but with a softer flex to it in the tips. I got throttled on this board buttering around which rarely happens to me and that coincides with me finding it hooky at times. The fact that this board seems weaker on the toe edge than the heel edge has me wondering about the core profiling on this board as well. Overall I get what they’re going for with it but to me it just didn’t stack up to other Asym snowboards I’ve ridden.

Comparable Boards: Yes Greats, Gnu Headspace, Ride Zero

Binding Recommendations: Rome Vice, Nitro Team, Bent Metal Transfer