Board: Niche Story
Camber Option: Multi-camber. A mellow reverse camber between the feet with camber under foot.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195 lbs.
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, 4 feet of snow in the last 72 hours leaving powder pockets all over the mountain, and perfectly groomed runs.
Flex: The best way to sum up this slight is an ever so slightly directional flex making the nose just a hair softer than the tail. There’s a moderate amount of torsional flex but not so much that you overload the board when twisting it. The overall flex of this board is on the stiffer side of middle of the road making it boarder more on the lower end of the freeride spectrum.
Stability: You want a board to run over anything in your path? Here you go. There’s next to no chatter in this board at speeds and what little flap you will get in the nose of the board is so minuscule it won’t resonate back under foot. In rutted out terrain this board never gets bucked around.
Ollies/Pop: Here’s where I found this board just a bit lacking, it could have more pop in my opinion. That’s not to say that it’s bad, it’s just not as snappy as one would expect from the description. It does its job and does it well enough. The camber profile doesn’t force you to be aggressive and load the board up and you get that independent popping from each camber zone.
Butterability: This board will fight you on butters if you don’t find the ideal sweet spot. It’s a tiny spot and when you lock in, it’s amazing, when you don’t well everything gets a bit soggy, but in my opinion you want to charge hard on this board not butter.
Carving: Here’s where this board really stands out. This board rips a carve like no other. You can feel that Magne-Traction grip and lock in. This board transitions from toe to heel aggressively, one minute you’re on your toe, the next you’re on your heel. It pushes you to be fast and quick with your carves. Long drawn out carves are smooth and stable, you can aggressively push into the center of the board to really slingshot out of turns and you’ll feel the power and drive of this board.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants a directional board that feels almost like riding a true twin that can go all over the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: This is the best version of the Story to date. It’s got snap and response in carves. It’s smooth and stable when flat basing. The only thing that lacks is the pop and even that isn’t a real boon to it. This board wants to charge hard but doesn’t force you to bring your A game all the time to ride it. It’s quick and nimble where you need it but powerful and demanding where you want it.
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