Board: Niche Theme
Camber Option: Traditional camber.
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 fast snow.
Flex: They claim this board is a middle of the road flex, I would peg it more as a stiffer than middle of the road, but softer than a freeride deck. More all mountain freestyle with the emphasis on the all mountain. The softest part of the board is in the dead center and then it stiffens up as you go outward towards the tips. The torsional give is very minimal.
Stability: Want to run over a rampaging elk on the ski slope? This is the board for you. It’s super stable and damp. You can’t feel too much chatter or variation in the snow.
Ollies: Much like most traditional camber snowboards you have to load the tip up to get the pop you want. This board takes a lot to load up and it’s not the snappiest deck out there. It gets the job done, but not with any ease.
Pop On Jumps: Small, medium, and large jumps are this boards forté. The stiffer flex and traditional camber will have you boosting off the lip with ease. Just watch yourself as you man handle this board that you don’t over shoot the jump.
Butterability: Talk about a leg work out. If you really want to butter the muffing you will have to manipulate your weight on this deck and really try to get over the tips to get sideways. Be warned this is traditional camber so you might catch.
Jibbing: Go fast, pop, and put your weight into that press. This board isn’t for the faint of heart when it comes to jibbing. You need to have some speed and force behind you or it’s going to be a bad time.
Carving: The sidecut grips and rips on this board. You have to put your force behind it but when you do expect to aggressively carve the slopes. Short quick turns all the way up to hard deep trenched Euro-carves are a breeze. Just be prepared to have the board fight you through the apex of the arc.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s an aggressive rider that wants traditional camber and knows how to use it.
Personal Thoughts: The Rockies Rep told me that this board starts out aggressive and then breaks in to a nice consistent flex that is fun. Clearly he’s right because this board started out as a beast to ride. This board was not for me, but for those that want a throwback style cambered snowboard with serious snap and flex this is it.
Comparable Boards: Wi-Me 80’s, Flow Blackout, Arbor Relapse.
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This board was loaned to us for review by Niche Snowboards marketing department.