The Uberspoon is a new deck from Nitro for 2014 that blends the worlds of freestyle with powder performance. The name comes from the spoon shape of the tip. So how does this board that is setting out to take the all mountain powder freestyle world by storm stack up? Read the rest of the review below.
Board: Nitro Uberspoon
Camber Option: Roofchop Camber. A love positive cambered with a flattened center zone. If you look at it from a side profile it almost looks like a reversed rocker in the tips that hits a kink point and flattens out so that when it’s weighted the tips are raised just a little bit.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: A spring storm rolled in causing high winds and copious amounts of wet snow to fall. This made the previous days grooming rock hard covered with wind drifts. Nothing like chunder snow covered with sticky powder.
Flex: You would think for an all around board this thing would be stiffer than it is. It’s highly playful all the way throughout. The torsional give in this board is abundant. Over all it feels more like it should be a jib board until you ride it.
Stability: This board is stable which is just the biggest surprise in the world. While riding through fresh snow over chunder it never once buckled or felt like I was going to die. It’s not a damp ride by any means but that just adds to the playful liveliness of it.
Ollies: The playful flex of this board coupled with the tip shape and camber profile just make it pop into action at a moments notice. The ease of the initiation of the snap is amazing and you can tell this board was designed for popping off natural features just as much as a man made jump.
Pop On Jumps: While conditions were less than ideal to have speed for any of the bigger jumps this still got the job done on the ones I could hit. Rolling into the lip and popping is effortless and you can tell this board has snap.
Butterability: Well it is the Uberspoon after all. The tip shape lets you roll into butters with ease and play around, granted I did most of my buttering on soft fresh snow. The flex pattern allows you to get over the tip and balance perfectly.
Jibbing: Don’t let the spoon shape of the tips deter you from trying to press a rail, they don’t impede this action at all. The flex pattern is very jib friendly and while I wouldn’t call this a rail board it does handle jibbing with ease.
Carving: The sidecut lends itself to being a bit more aggressive in powder than on a crusty groomer. I center flex the board a bunch to drive it through some carves and while that part was effortless it just didn’t want to engage as much as other boards. But then again look at the versatility of this board, would you really be ripping groomers with it all the time?
Rider in Mind: The all mountain guy who still rides cambered decks that is going to slay powder with freestyle precision and then go into the park and turn some heads.
Personal Thoughts: There’s a lot to say about this board. It’s highly versatile, if not one of the most versatile all mountain freestyle boards I’ve been on to date. Buttering pow has never been easier and that is thanks to the tip shape. Getting into choppy terrain I figured the softer flex pattern would have bucked me but it’s stable and absorbed where it needed to be. Hot laps through the park were as fun as if I was riding the Nitro Swindle or some other jib/jump oriented deck from them.
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Disclaimer: This snowboard was sent to us by the Nitro Snowboards marketing department.