Board: Niche Aether
Camber Option: Multi-camber. Reverse camber between the feet and camber under foot.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warm temps, and firm heavy snow.
Flex: This is your standard run of the mill do everything flex. Playful in the tips and in the middle, stiff under foot, and a fair amount of torsional flex.
Stability: It’s stable to a point. This means you can charge on fresh corduroy and not feel it, but if you get into chunder you are more than likely going to feel everything and possibly get bucked.
Ollies: Snap is easily initiated with this board and the camber zones really let you load up and pop. Never once did I sweat hitting a roller or sidehit and not boosting. The light weight of this board also doesn’t hurt it.
Pop On Jumps: This board can send a jump with ease. Are you hitting small jumps? Great don’t over load the tail as you pop. Medium jump? It’s fine. And if you’re really calculated and want to go for broke hit that 45 plus foot jump.
Butterability: This camber profile really helps you to get over the tips and play around. It locks into ground presses and lets you slide sideways with ease. In short grab that muffin and butter it up.
Jibbing: Slow to fast speed jibbing is a breeze. You can lock into a rail or box with zero effort. The camber zones give a supple snap that lets you boost out of presses. The camber between the feet locks in perfectly for board slides.
Carving: The Magnetraction on this board isn’t so over-powering that you feel locked in and forced to ride the carve out. It gives that added bonus of edge hold when you need it as you drive the board through the carve by center flexing it. Quick set up carves, tight turns, and aggressive Euro-carves are a breeze as well on this deck. So rip it and grip it.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s playing all over the mountain and might spend some time buttering or chasing friends through trees all while proceeding to the park to do some hot laps.
Personal Thoughts: The last time I rode this board was 2012. A lot has changed since then. This board is playful and fun with a flex that is forgiving yet stable. It’s a board that you can consider a quiver killer because it has versatility.
Check out the past review of the Aether from 2012.
Comparable Boards: Flow Era, Rossignol Jibsaw, Rome Agent Rocker.
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This board was loaned to us for review by Niche Snowboards marketing department.