Board: Niche Pyre
Camber Option: Back-seat camber with a rockered nose. Setback camrocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis size 10
My Weight: 195lbs.
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Puking snow, low visibility, moderate winds, warmer temps with humidity, and powder groomers on the runs with about 4 to 8 inches off of them.
Flex: This board is on the stiffer side for something that’s a medium volume shifted board. You do have a directional flex with with being softer in the nose and stiffening up through the tail. The torsional flex is there but not highly abundant. Overall this board is on the softer side of the freeride spectrum.
Stability: That wider platform coupled with traditional camber does a great job of absorbing chatter. You never feel any real leg fatigue and it just plows through chunder with ease. You can charge with this board and not have to fear getting bucked around.
Ollies/Pop: This board has some decent snap to it. That wider platform off the tail coupled with that set back camber gives this board nice solid snap for boosting off cat tracks, side hits, pillow lines, etc. etc. You don’t have to aggressively load it up to get what you want out of it yet there is a lot of rebound.
Butterability: That nose takes a while to get used to buttering on, but once you find the sweet spot you’ll be golden. There is rebound that fights you with this board so be prepared to have to muscle it just a little bit.
Carving: The sidecut grips when you need it to on firm and icy snow. You can rip a carve with ease and not have to worry about the initiation as it’s nimble. I will say that if you’re looking to drive the carve of this board you will have to push into that camber more than you think.
Rider in Mind: Powder guy that doesn’t want a drastically downsized pow board.
Personal Thoughts: This board was super stable and while I know I could have gotten away with the 150 the 155 was solid enough. This is a board you can charge with when you have to or be a bit laid back when you want to. The conditions were perfect for seeing what this thing could do and it didn’t disappoint.
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