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.
Nitro Mountain Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Stability at speed, pop, mid wide waist width
Cons: Hard to butter, stiff for lighter users
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|Pros||Stability at speed, pop, mid wide waist width||Floaty, precise edging, good construction, playful||Lightweight, well-made, fun, responsive, user-friendly, made in the USA||User friendly, turning experience, versatile, playful||Great value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphic|
|Cons||Hard to butter, stiff for lighter users||Tricky to size, unappealing graphic||Below average float||Top sheet scratches easy||Can slip on hardback|
|Bottom Line||A board built for for all mountain charging.||"That was totally wicked." -The Incredibles||Snowboarding can be hard; help lower the learning curve with this model.||Has a playful merit to its high-performance abilities.||Porsche performance at Honda prices.|
|Rating Categories||Nitro Mountain||Yes. Optimistic||Never Summer Proto Type Two||United Shapes Cadet||Jones Explorer|
|Float In Powder (20%)|
|Stability At Speed (20%)|
|Pop And Jumping (15%)|
|Specs||Nitro Mountain||Yes. Optimistic||Never Summer Proto...||United Shapes Cadet||Jones Explorer|
|Weight||N/A||6.2 (lb)||6.2 (lb)||6.22 (lb)||6.44 (lb)|
|Available Lengths||157, 160, 163cm||151, 154, 157cm||152,154,157,160,153X,155X,158X,161X,164X||144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162cm||152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W cm|
|Core Material||Powercore II||Carbon-wrapped wood||Wood||A11x (poplar, bamboo)||Wood|
|Radius||8.2/7.4m||6.5m||7.6 toe/7.3 heel||7.5m||7.5m|
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 refine their technique but for a hard charger looking to move fast whether it's smooth or choppy.
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, making long and beautiful long arcing turns.
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. Good powder flotation is indicated via the shape of the board. Plenty of surface area is provided, with a long nose with rocker, and a tapered tail, which promotes float.
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.
The Mountain is similar to other stiff boards designed to ride at high speeds and will require a certain amount of technique to be able 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 then 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 butter but found them very hard to maintain. 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.
The Mountain comes in at the standard market price for performance snowboards. It performed well and for the proper rider, can be riden every day.
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 great for the advanced rider who likes to go fast and big no matter the conditions. If you are pushing yourself, this board has your back.
— Isaac Laredo