Sometimes you just have to venture off the beaten path and ride a board you normally wouldn’t. The Haze is one of those decks for me it’s just not at the level of awesome I require from the stunt sticks that should feel so priviledged to be beneath my boots. Yes that is a high and might claim and it probably got your attention now go read this review.
Board: Nitro Haze
Camber Option: Flat. 0 camber it’s like a plank of wood when laid on the ground.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: High winds, slushy snow, warm temps, and intermiten clouds.
Flex: Somewhere above super noodley jib stick and middle of the road park board. It has give in the tips, a little more stability under foot, and a hair less stiffness in the dead center.
Stability: It’s stable for what it is which is nice when playing around in the rutted out side hits or charging into the washboard of death before features.
Ollies: The board can pop which is nice. Load the tail up and let it snap off a roller with ease.
Pop On Jumps: There’s enough pop in this to feel comfortable in medium sized jumps. If you really load the tail up you can get the boost you need to really send it deep.
Butterability: I wouldn’t call it a straight up butter stick but there’s enough play to dabble in the finer arts of spreading homogenized margarine all over the snow.
Jibbing: The sweet spot is solid for nose and tail presses. The board can slide and the edge has a lot of girth to be detuned to the dullest ends of the earth.
Carving: You can rip a hard turn with this thing no problem. Center flex the board to get that slingshot effect and it won’t wash out. The torsional twist of this board allows for a better ease of turn initiation.
Rider in Mind: Guy on a budget that needs a park deck that will do it all with a flat camber profile.
Personal Thoughts: I was warned this thing would be insanely soft, it wasn’t or at least out of the wrapper and ridden for a full day in the park. I would say it’s a little bit below a mid flex but has enough stability to get around the whole mountain. The last time I rode a Swindle it felt like this board so I assume there’s a bunch of trickle down technology. All in all it’s a fun ride and for the price it’s super solid.
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