Wisconsin’s latest little snowboard company Wi-Me has another board in this overly long review series. The Nomad is their flat profiled board offering to the masses. Here’s how the 2014 model rode.
Board: Wi-Me Nomad
Camber Option: Flat. Nothing positive or negative just flat.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175
Conditions: Puking snow on top of fresh pow into chundery rutted out push mounds near the end of the day.
Flex: This has one of the most unique flex patterns I’ve ever encountered. It’s a stiffer true twin all mountain freestyle deck but the last two inches before the up-kick in the tips would give a lot more. This made for the most ideal sweet spot I’ve ever encountered on a deck like this.
Stability: Riding through choppy terrain it actually absorbed chatter real well. It is a board though that you have to stay on top of as it can buck you.
Ollies: The board has a really interesting sweet spot for pop initiation that if you don’t hit exactly it’s not going to give you the optimal boost. Over all though it’s not as poppy of a board as some out there on the market.
Pop On Jumps: It actually excels here more than just popping a roller. With how the sweet spot is for flex coupled with the camber you can just hit it and know you’re sailing on by.
Butterability: Not exactly a butter stick unless you get over that sweet spot. You have to fight the center of this board to get your weight over it and make it flex the way you want while swiveling around.
Jibbing: Once again it all comes down to that sweet spot and that takes some getting used to. Half the time if I was being lazy I couldn’t get it to lock into a nose or tail press.
Carving: The sidecut could be deeper. When doing deep carves while center flexing the board it was like hitting a wall at certain points in the carve. By that I mean bending the back knee in towards the front leg you could only get so much arc before it would just stop wanting give more. Short turns though were never a problem.
Rider in Mind: The old school style all mountain rider that wants a twin he can charge around on and will hit more jumps than jibs.
Personal Thoughts: This board was a bit quirky it took a good two hours before I warmed up to how it was supposed to flex. I will say it’s ability to absorb chatter and impacts was actually its strong suit. I sent a few powder poppers to semi flat landings and there was never an issue. The sidecut could be a bit deeper between the feet and the flex pattern might turn people off. Over all for a first year company it’s a start to something that needs to be refined.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from the owner of Wi-Me Snowboards.