Board: Niche Maelstrom
Camber Option: Directional camber with a rockered nose. Basically a set back traditional camber with rocker in the nose.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Bluebird skies, cold temps, pockets of powder up to almost 3 feet deep, and perfectly groomed runs in between.
Flex: This board has that standard directional flex you would expect of a board built like this. Softer nose that stiffens up through the middle to the tail. The torsional flex is highly abundant but you don’t over power it when you’re carving or steering through powder. Overall the flex is just above middle of the road for an all mountain freeride board.
Stability: With having that over exaggerated nose rocker you do get some tip flap and will feel a little bit of chatter resonating back under your front foot. It’s not overwhelming and won’t kill your leg. In rutted out terrain this board has that perfect blend of set back camber and flex to make it so you don’t get bucked around or wash out.
Ollies/Pop: That setback camber gives you some serious spring off the tail. The camber is easy to load up but the rebound is immense. With that easy to load camber you aren’t fighting it in fresh snow to pop which makes it even more versatile of a board for sending pillows, side hits, and cat track gaps on a pow day.
Butterability: That over exaggerated nose is so immense that in deep snow it just swivels and sizzles like no other. You can get up and over it with ease and still have rebound out of it.
Carving: The test of a tapered board is how well it holds on during a heelside carve. This board didn’t just hold on it let you know you were going to rally through everything in your path. It rolls from edge to edge with ease and drives into carves. This is a board that you can get on edge and just push the board through the carve and spring out.
Rider in Mind: Rad dad or the everyman who needs an all mountain freeride board that carves greats but also destroys powder.
Personal Thoughts: I loved this board. It destroyed powder with ease and kept me on top of the almost three feet of snow we had. One the groomers I could rip a carve and rally around all the slow people not enjoying the fresh snow. The only thing I can say that’s negative about this is I wish I had ridden the 57 or 60 instead. The 54 was fun and great for what I was doing, but that added length would have just made the float that much better. If you’ve slept on Niche in the past, don’t. This board will be a sleeper gem of a deck for this season.
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