Board: Nitro Wood Carver
Camber Option: Cam- Out Camber. A take on traditional camber with a mellowed out transition point in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy/Formula Hybrids.
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, heavy wet snow falling, a couple inches of fresh snow on top of perfectly groomed corduroy, a tiny bit of wind.
Flex: Softer in the tip till right in front of the insert pack then it slowly stiffens up till about just past the middle of the Cam-Out camber and it stiffens up drastically. The torsional flex is abundant and doesn’t offer a lot of rebound.
Stability: On a groomer you can charge wide out with this board, no questions asked. Getting into heavier piles of chunder though the nose would start to fold back and reverberate any of the energy in it towards the front binding. At times this board would get bucked around if all my weight wasn’t on the back foot plowing through a turn.
Ollies/Pop: Having a semi-traditional camber helps this board out with loading up and boosting. The flex pattern as well makes the board want to snap off the tail with ease.
Short Turns: This board is easy to initiate a turn with, especially if loading up the back foot. When doing quick toe to heel turns it never wanted to fully lock in and force you to draw out your turn.
Long Turns: Locking into a big swooping turn you can see why this board is part of Nitro’s “Carving Crüe”. With an easy to initiate turn that is smooth you can stay high and draw the arc of the turn out.
Quick Carves: The edge to edge response on this board is consistently smooth and doesn’t falter. This makes it ideal for those situations where you have to move from your toe to heel while staying on edge.
Hard Carves: If you really want to rail a turn and get low, this board will do it. I did notice that this board loads up and pushes through the snow better if you keep your weight over the back foot and drive the board from just past the middle back. The snap out of a turn is felt instantly when doing this and allows you to really push from the tail.
Switch Carving: While doable, this boards shape helps hinder its ability to switch carve. The board felt loose and like it wouldn’t lock in.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants a board he’s going to not ride switch with, but instead will lay down sick hard turns on perfect corduroy days.
Personal Thoughts: This board has a smooth flex that’s a bit softer than I thought it would be for a board designed to be a carving cruiser deck. This really lets you press into the nose when initiating turns, but if you want to drive the board aggressively you can stay over the back foot and utilize the stiffer flex and camber profile to drive it. Every now and then I would notice that the board would get a little hooky and catch.
Comparable Boards: Rome Blur, Moss Performance Quad 60, K2 Simple Pleasures
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