The 2023 Nerd Relic Snowboard Review
Board: Nerd Relic
Camber Option: Directional camrocker. Rocker in the nose and camber under foot.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, average temps, zero wind, 3 to 5 inches of fresh snow, perfect corduroy, heavy left over powder, chop, chunder, and icy crap.
Flex: Full directional ever so slightly below middle of the road flex. You get more flex in the nose which is accentuated by the rocker then it stiffens up from just outside the front insert pack back to the tail. There’s a clear defined flex point in the dead center of the board as well which helps with the drive. The torsional flex is highly abundant.
Stability: With the wider shape it gives some stability. What you have to know is this board is lively. The nose flaps at high speed and that reverberates back under the front foot. The middle of the board does a better job but a lot of that is due in part to the camber profile. The most stable section of the board is right in front of the back inserts through to the tail.
Ollies/Pop: The camber profile is easy to engage, almost too easy. This gives it a skate-like pop that you don’t have to preload aggressively to get it to snap. The downside of this board is the flex can be so forgiving you can over flex it and it loses that rigidity to rebound aggressively. Basically be mellow with how you pop and you’re fine, be assertive and you’ll probably fold the board too much and not get the snap you want. In powder this board porpoises like no other.
Butterability: The nose has that elongated rocker section which gives you a huge platform to press into, but it’s also the softest section of the board. So if you’re getting aggressive you’ll over flex it and it can get hooky. I had this happen once in a high speed pow butter and it bucked me a little. Now if you’re more finessed and mellow you’ll get more out of it than you thought. The tail on the other hand allows for high speed pow wheelies or just getting sideways and sitting on it.
Carving: Here’s the thing with this board, it can carve but there’s some nuance to it. There’s a slow initiation outside the front foot but as you get it on edge and drive it from inside the front foot back through the tail the power comes out of it and it lets you hammer it over and rail a turn. That center flex point is the driving force for deep hard carves so flex your back knee into it and let it grip. This board at high speeds becomes zippy and just holds a carve. It’s the deep hard Euro carves that you notice the real nuances of this board and how the torsional flex coupled with the camber profile come into play. If you can carve it’s awesome, if you can’t it will help you compensate for bad skills.
Rider in Mind: Resort ripping carving powder hound.
Personal Thoughts: My former podcast co-host Kevin designed this board. We had joked for years about making a board called the War Orca, this is essentially what that would have been, but Yes beat us to the punch by creating the Warca. This is that volume shifted, zippy carver, resort tree riding pow board. I think the flex could be a hair stiffer in the nose and through the front foot. The rear flex has that right mix of rebound and reactivity to flex. Overall I dug it.
Comparable Boards: Yes Warca, Ride Warpig, Telos Backslash
Recommended Bindings: Rome Vice, Now IPO, Ride C-6
I’m looking for a Christmas present for my son (20 years old, 5’11” and 220). He currently rides a 157 K2 WWW and is the kind of rider that just likes to fart around on the mountain…no charging, mostly just butters, 180s, small jumps, ollie everything and dipping in and out of the trees. He will hit the steeps with me on occasion, but generally we just play around when I ride with him. I’m thinking of the Relic because he would love the design and the name. Not to mention, it seems like a pretty chill/playful ride. Anything you would recommend over it? I have a Telos Backslash that he has ridden once but he wasn’t a fan. He rode it when it was brand new though and now that it has 25 days on it, the backslash seems to ride different…more fun IMO.
If he didn’t like the Backslash he’s not going to like this. Sounds like he just wants a twin popsicle stick floppy noodle. Get him the K2 Geometric it replaced the WWW he’ll be happy with that.