Nitro Drop 146 Snowboard Review 2018-2019

Description

TESTER: Ana Van Pelt

BOARD: Nitro Drop 146

OVERALL IMPRESSION FROM  1 TO 7:  6

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THIS BOARD?: EDGE HOLD!!

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT THIS BOARD?: Choppy conditions were a little wild. I felt like I was going to get bucked onto my back or face at times, but the conditions on some of the runs I took it through were totally choppy. On anything else it was super stable and smooth.

OVERALL COMMENTS: This was a super super fun board, and the most stable I have ever felt on super hardpack/icy conditions. It held an edge INCREDIBLY well, was extremely responsive, super fast edge to edge, and a total blast to rip high-speed groomers with. Really fluid turn entry and exit. It’s definitely far more stiff of a board than I’d usually ride, but I actually really enjoyed the flex for the most part. Was not easy for me to load up off of because it was so stiff, but it’s also a little longer than I’d usually ride. So I imagine a smaller size may have helped that a bit. My only complaint was that through kinda weird choppy conditions, it didn’t necessarily help me plow through any crud, and instead I felt like I was going to get wildly bucked off. BUT, we were hauling ass in weird, choppy, kinda icy conditions so I’m not sure how much more that could be improved upon. I’m a small gal! Overall I reeeeally enjoyed this board.

RATE THE SHAPE FROM 1 TO 7:  5

SHAPE COMMENT: FUN TO LOOK AT

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RATE THE FLEX FROM 1 TO 7:   RADICAL

FLEX COMMENT:  JUST RIGHT

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RATE STABILITY THROUGH TURNS FROM 1 TO 7:   5

STABILITY COMMENT: PRETTY GOOD

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RATE THE POP/ PLAYFULNESS FROM 1 TO 7:  OK

COMMENT ON PLAYFULNESS:

ADDITIONAL COMMENT ON PLAYFULNESS:  It did hop in and out of turns well, but was a little harder for me to load up off of because it was so stiff. This is a longer board than I would usually ride anyway, however, and a smaller size might have helped!

RATE FLOAT IN POW FROM 1 TO 7:   

COMMENT ON FLOAT IN POW:

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RATE THE GRAPHICS FROM 1 TO 7:  2

GRAPHICS COMMENT: HARD TO LOOK AT

ADDITIONAL GRAPHICS COMMENTS: The graphics were definitely a bummer to look down at. They could’ve used much better finishing. Perhaps capitalizing on the texture, or making certain color gradients look more intentional and less like they had been left out in the sun too long (not in a good way.) I actually made a comment about looking down at it on the lift and not being stoked, but I am definitely overly picky and opinionated about graphics! Regardless, it felt uninspired, unoriginal and a little lazy.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY: This board was a total blast. Thanks for letting me give it a whirl!

TEST YEAR:   2018/19 SNOWBOARD REVIEWS
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