Board: Niche Aether
Camber Option: Multi-camber. Reverse camber between the feet with camber under foot to the contact points.
Bindings: K2 Lein AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, mild wind, and heavy packy spring like snow.
Flex: A true middle of the road consistent flex that had a bit more play in the tips. The torsional give was abundant enough to steer with each foot individually if I needed to.
Stability: This board is stable in most conditions except extreme chop at high rates of speed. That’s when you notice that the tips start to buckle and you get bounced around a bit.
Ollies: The pop out of this board was great. I found myself constantly boosting a bit further or higher off my normal side hits and rollers.
Pop On Jumps: On jumps this board is easy to set up and it feels at home when boosting off the lip. Whether hitting a small or large jump it’s great.
Butterability: Having a bit of reverse camber between the feet really lets you play with how you press this board on snow. Which is great if you want to get over the tips and swivel around.
Jibbing: Whether boxes, rails, or fatty tubes this boards at home getting pressy on them. I found that locking into nose and tail presses was a breeze. The camber zone has just the right amount of play to feel locked in but a solid amount of snap out of the tips so you don’t have a soggy exit from a feature.
Carving: The added contact points of the Magnetraction are great for getting the edge to set into the snow. I was railing hard turns all day on this thing and then doing quick set up carves with ease when playing around.
Rider in Mind: Someone that likes to play around on the snow but still needs just a tad bit of aggressiveness to charge with.
Personal Thoughts: This board has come a long way since its first version. You can see its progression with riding it and how it handles the mountain these days. Over all I think this board would be a great quiver of one deck for any rider.
Comparable Boards: Sims Juice, Rome Mod Rocker, Burton Custom
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This board was loaned to us for review from Niche Snowboards marketing department.