I was stoked that my rep had this board in a 155. Perfect size for me to jib on and have some fun. It was cool being the first person on this deck and probably one of only a handful of people in the United States on it, anyways here’s my view of it.
Board: Nitro Sub Pop
Bindings: Raiden zero size large
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
Resort: Loveland (Preseason)
Conditions: Blustery, cold, flat light, and with snow constantly falling
Mindset: Stoked to ride
My Weight: 165
Tunes: Iron Savior
Preconceived Notions: Man I don’t even know where to begin with the thoughts I’ve had of this board. At first when I was reading about it, it sounded just like Mervins Banana Tech. Then I thought it was a straight rip off of Never Summers R.C technology. Then my rep brought it in and it looked so fucking off the wall.
Flex: This is by far the softest Nitro in their line up. When my rep was putting the bindings on it this thing was folding off the bench it was so soft. This had me a little worried that it was going to be unstable and I would die. The tip and tail are super soft but between the feet its far more stable. The flex in the tips made it impossible to ollie it would just fold over. Torsionally between the feet was stable enough to control butters which to me is a sign that its got a decent amount of rigidity to keep it from just folding like a wet noodle.
Stability: For being a straight up jib stick I couldn’t believe how well I could just cruise with this thing. Yeah the tips are soft but for the most part it rode similar to an Atomic Hatchet. When carving very hard I did lose stability which I’d expect but flat basing and just riding around looking for little side jibs it was fine. Although the beveled base could be attributed to the whole instability on edge.
Ollies/Pop: There was no way I could pop this thing. The tips just fold way to much. Even throwing FS and BS 180’s off rollers was a chore and a half. Ollies just don’t happen with it unfortunately.
Butterability: Just like any other rocker I’ve been on its not hard to get this thing into any kind of a press. But the beveled base did make it a bit twitchy if I was slightly off axis doing rotational butters.
Cruising: As I said before this thing is actually stable when not attempting to pop off of it. Cruising regular or switch was fine, I had no problem with light carving. When I’d get into extreme Euro Carve stance I’d have issues, but this board is not designed for that. Rotating back and forth between goofy and switch was a breeze.
Jibbing: This thing was super solid on the boxes I hit with it and locked on perfectly fine. I was doing fine playing on the up flat box and the disco box. No effort or thinking involved.
Rider in Mind: This is definitely designed for the rail junkie that is just getting his jib on. While they may cruise around a bit looking for jibs, this thing excells at presses and jibs. No beginer friendly.
Personal Thoughts: I wouldn’t buy this thing its just not my cup of tea. Even for a fuck around board its too soft for me personally. But I have no problem endorsing this board for the kid that just wants to huck his meat at rails.
Binding Compatibility: The bindings were actually a perfect match for the board. That right mix of flex coupled with support. While I’ve never been super impressed with Raiden I think they keep getting better and better.
Binding Adjustability: Its all on the fly adjustments which is super easy and I like the fact that I can dial it in without tools.
Straps: You get the option of a dual toe strap which is perfectly fine with me. When using this binding on the Sub Pop I opted to rock it over the top as a traditional. I still think for a dual strap its somewhat lacking but it got the job done. The Raiden heel straps always feel weird to me like they don’t have enough padding in them, but the second I get strapped in I feel secure and they work great.
Highbacks: I think the highbacks height might be just a tad too low compared to other bindings on the market. While it did give me the support I needed I think if it was maybe a bit taller I could get better leverage when going on to my heelside edge.
Binding Flex: Although it was a bit on the softer side it wasn’t so soft that I felt unsecure in it. Laterally and torsionally it seemed very uniform.
Ratchets: The whole plastic teeth for gripping the ladder makes me wonder how long I could rock these before I destroyed a buckle. While it never slips and jams with snow I still question its durability.
Personal thoughts: God the pink was ugly at first then grew on me. But as I could give a shit if I was riding a board with rainbows and fluffy unicorns on it who gives a shit. While this binding over time I think would become way too soft for myself its still fairly solid.
Rider in mind: I’d say the jib kid or a beginner to intermediate level rider. This binding would allow for a never ever to progress with perfectly fine. But for someone thats doing a 50/50 mix of park vs all mountain they might find it a bit too soft.