Board: Nitro Banker
Camber Option: True Camber
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Spring temps, packed hero snow, a little wind, and a mix of blue skies with high cloud cover.
Flex: This board is stiff. It’s a fully directional flex with a slightly softer nose then stiffening up through the mid section to the tail. There’s not a lot of torsional flex, well realistically there’s just no torsional flex. This board comes in with a stiff freeride flex.
Stability: There are boards that are damp. There are boards that are lively. There are boards that are both damp yet lively. This is none of that. This board is just fucking smooth. Rarely do you feel any chatter and rarely do you feel it have any shockwaves from hitting firmer bigger stuff. It’s just a smooth stable ride.
Ollies/Pop: This board has the weirdest flex/snap point. It’s literally right before the end of the camber zone on the tail. When it is engaged this board rebounds aggressively. To answer the question of if it can pop, yes. But there are some limitations to it.
Butterability: I tried, I did a few, I gave up and went back to turning on this thing.
Carving: This board isn’t nimble edge to edge, it’s aggressive. It lets you know that it’s going to slam the edge into the snow and drive through anything in its path. Powerful is the only way to describe this board. There’s so much power when it pushes through anything in its path it just wants to keep leaving that trench even when you’re trying to stop. It takes more effort than you would think to do deep aggressive carves with this board, but that’s where the fun is in it. The rebound off that tail just pushes it so much further into the carve.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s turning and burning.
Personal Thoughts: This board was something else. I haven’t ridden something this smooth in years. It’s not damp, it’s not lively, it’s just smooth. This is a high end hard charger that just keeps on pushing through anything in its path.
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