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Nitro Mountain Review

A board built for all-mountain charging
nitro mountain snowboard review
Credit: Nitro
Price:  $600 List
Manufacturer:   Nitro
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 7, 2022
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RANKED
#11 of 17
  • Edging - 25% 8.0
  • Float in Powder - 20% 7.0
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 9.0
  • Playfulness - 20% 6.0
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Nitro Mountain has a strong feel and ability that is fit for all-mountain ripping. This board could be a quiver of one based on its ability to rip groomers and blast through crud. Based on its shape, we wouldn't be shy to take it out on a powder day either, and it has a stiff flex that provides all the stability and pop you will likely need. Its flex, however, limits the board's ability to play. This board is best for advanced riders looking for all-mountain everyday performance.
REASONS TO BUY
Stability at speed
Pop
Limited to no drag for sz 9s
REASONS TO AVOID
Hard to butter
Stiff for lighter users
Editor's Note: We updated our review for the Nitro Mountain on December 7, 2022, to share the 2023 graphics for this snowboard.

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Pros Stability at speed, pop, limited to no drag for sz 9sGreat edge hold, lots of pop, incredibly stable, torsional flex patternFloat, precise edging, good construction, playfulGreat value, pretty easy to ride, versatile, stable, beautiful graphicsLoads of pop, stable, fun turning experience
Cons Hard to butter, stiff for lighter usersNarrow waist width, hard to butter, suited toward advanced riders, limited size offeringsSwitch performance, harder to control in uneven terrainPlank-like feel, decent edge hold in hardpackAverage powder floatation, pop is less user-friendly
Bottom Line A board built for all-mountain chargingOur first pick when we demand exceptional performance anywhere on the mountain and won't accept many compromisesOur board of choice for advanced riders on groomer and deeper powder daysA great value option for those looking for an engaging ride on a budgetA board that we could happily ride every day
Rating Categories Nitro Mountain K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic Jones Frontier Jones Mountain Twin
Edging (25%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Float in Powder (20%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Stability at Speed (20%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Playfulness (20%)
6.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Pop and Jumping (15%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
Specs Nitro Mountain K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic Jones Frontier Jones Mountain Twin
Riding Style Freeride Big mountain Alternative Freeride All Mountain All Mountain Freestyle
Shape Tapered Directional Directional Directional Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker CAM-OUT Camber Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber CamRock
Flex Medium Stiff Stiff Stiff Medium Stiff Medium Stiff
Weight N/A 6.8 lbs 6.2 lbs 6.44 lbs 6.1 lbs
Tested Length 160 cm 157 cm 151 cm 159 cm 157 cm
Available Lengths (cm) 157, 160, 163 154, 157, 159W, 160, 163, 164W 151, 154, 157, 161 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W, 165, 167W 151, 154, 155, 157, 158, 160, 161, 162, 164, 167
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Powercore II Bamboo, Carbon, Wood Carbon-wrapped wood Wood FSC Mountain (dual-density wood, hardwood bamboo stringers)
Waist Width 25.6 cm 25.0 cm 26.6 cm 25.4 cm 25.3 cm
Radius 8.2/7.4 m 7.8 6.5 m 7.5 m 7.8 m
Taper 8 mm 6 mm 6 mm 0 mm 0 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Nitro Mountain is built for charging all over the mountain; it likes to go fast and make long arcing turns. We enjoyed this board. It isn't for someone looking to learn the fundamentals of turning technique more for the all-mountain ripper who like to make high speed turns and doesn't care if it's smooth or choppy.

Performance Comparison


nitro mountain snowboard review - the griffen siebert pro model version of the nitro mountain.
The Griffen Siebert Pro Model version of the Nitro Mountain.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Edging


The Mountain is a fairly stiff board that features a mostly camber profile, with rocker starting just before the contact points. The stiffer camber profile provides a stable and consistent platform to make high-speed arcing turns. The stiff flex requires strength to influence the board to drive short radius turns and maintain secure edge hold on the spring frozen corduroy.

Fortunately, this board has a mid-length waist to give a larger margin before being taken down by our arch-enemy of heel drag. The flex and width of this board make it a secure ride for high-speed edging and riding through the chunder. The MTN takes a little more effort to get on edge and prefers to be ridden at high speed to make long and beautiful long arcing turns.

nitro mountain snowboard review - the nitro mountain is designed for all-mountain charging in all snow...
The Nitro Mountain is designed for all-mountain charging in all snow conditions.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Float in Powder


We didn't get a chance to use this board hard in powder, but we expect it to be a contender in this metric, as the shape of this board seems to indicate good powder flotation. The long nose has a little bit of rocker and should provide plenty of surface area, which will promote float in conjunction with the tapered tail.

Stability at Speed


This thing has stability written all over it. A mostly camber profile with a directional shape and plenty of tail allows the Mountain to have virtually no chatter and blast through the chunder. When we were straight-lining or ripping high-speed carves, we felt we were in total control. Because this board is stiff, it requires technique and strength and may be difficult to control for beginners and some intermediate riders.

nitro mountain snowboard review - the stiffer camber profile provides stability at speed whether...
The stiffer camber profile provides stability at speed whether flat-based or on edge.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Playfulness


The Mountain is similar to other stiff boards designed to ride at high speeds and will require a certain amount of technique to enjoy the benefit. For a rider in its targeted skill level, this board is easy to hop on and start ripping. If you are newer to snowboarding, it might be more than you can chew. Its gently rockered contact points and longer nose allow you to slash the tail at medium and higher speeds to obtain a surf style or more playful style of riding.

Playfulness and riding at high speeds are polarized concepts, and some find the balance very well. We found the MTN hard to butter. We were able to initiate butters but struggled to maintain them. This board is better suited for popping and jumping rather than buttering around.

Popping and Jumping


Phew! We consistently went large and popped higher than expected on this beast. Thanks to the camber and stiff tail, we were able to go to the moon and pull off the landings when we needed to. This board has plenty of pop and is there when you need it to be.

nitro mountain snowboard review - the nitro mountain provided amble pop off quarterpipes, jumps, and...
The Nitro Mountain provided amble pop off quarterpipes, jumps, and side hits.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Value


The Mountain comes in at the standard market price for performance snowboards. It performed well, and for the proper rider, can be ridden every day.

Conclusion


The Nitro Mountain is a stiff, mostly cambered board built for charging in whatever conditions. Its edging style favors higher speed, long arcing turns and is less intuitive to make shorter arcing turns. Its stiff camber profile provides ample opportunity for airtime and incredible stability at speed or landings. This board is excellent for the advanced rider who likes to go fast and big no matter the conditions. If you are pushing yourself, this board won't back down before you do.

nitro mountain snowboard review - the griffen siebert pro model has a southwestern feel with a unique...
The Griffen Siebert Pro Model has a southwestern feel with a unique flair.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

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