Board: Nidecker Concept
Camber Option: Positive Camber
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Overcast skies, puking heavy snow, icy and firm groomers, moderate wind, and a lot of chunder.
Flex: This board is stiff and has a fully directional flex. The nose is ever so slightly softer and right where the cap construction ends it starts to stiffen up back through the tail. Torsionally there’s a some flex but it’s only noticeable when you really twist the board and are driving it out of a turn.
Stability: This board is not the dampest thing out there and that is especially prevalent in the nose. You feel everything you run through and it resonates back into your front foot, from inside the front insert pack back it gets moderately more stable. But as mentioned this is a lively board that isn’t damp so even though it’s more stable back there it’s not the smoothest ride.
Ollies/Pop: There is snap out of the tail on this board as it’s camber and you can load it up to get some pop. It’s a board that you have to be calculated with when you load it up and prepare yourself to really drive into it the camber.
Short Turns: Those tight little cut backs on a banked wall or in some chunder pow are a blast on this board. You can really drive into the tail of the board and slash with it springing you right out of the turn.
Long Turns: More drawn out turns are OK, but this board wants to be on edge, that’s what it’s designed for. You’ll notice that unless it’s fully on edge it tends to get wonky and not want to hold the turn.
Quick Carves: There’s a lot of power in this board and the way that cap construction works to engage the front contact point helps make quick carves engage. But what really drives this board is the back foot so the second you’ve engaged the front contact point and started in on the tight carve it’s already disengaged and you’re gripping from the back contact point.
Hard Carves: This is where it shines the most. This board sets an edge and locks in. You know the second it’s locked in because it wants to drive hard. You’ll be putting all the force you have into the camber of this board to weight the sidecut and as you shift from your front foot to the back it’s like a turbo boost kicks in. This board leaves trenches wherever it goes.
Switch Carves: If you know how to ride switch you’ll be able to carve this, if you don’t, good luck. You end up with the stiffer tail taking more effort to engage and the capped nose disengaging if you really push it.
Rider in Mind: The hard carving beast.
Personal Thoughts: This board was burly. It took a lot of effort to continuously drive it when on wider open runs. You can set the edge but be prepared to ride out the carve from one side to the other. Lay it over hard and just know it’s going to stay locked in. Cut back turns though were the best on this thing and you can could just power off the tail with ease. Also this thing was amazing on sidehits, you could just send them if you were prepared for it and set up to engage the camber and snap.