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There is nothing more important to your snowboard setup than your boots. Comfortable and warm feet allow you to ride longer and harder. The Nike Kaiju is one the most comfortable boots out there. Its super lightweight and looks good. These run a little on the softer side and thus are the park riders favorite in the Nike line. The internal lacing keeps your foot snugly into the heel. The liner is heat-moldable and super cush. The outsole provides plenty of traction on slippery surfaces. I'd recommend these boots to anyone looking for a medium/soft boot that really excels in the park (thanks to flex and cushioning) but will still perform great all over the mountain.
If you love a medium flexing boot, a little on the softer side, check out the Nike DKs. The Kaijus feel a little softer and the Zoom Forces feel a little stiffer. They feature plenty of cushioning that allow you to ride all day in any terrain. My feet have never been more comfortable. I heat molded them and never experienced any discomfort. They are lightweight and they look really good. I love traditional laces and these boots are easy on/easy off with no gadgets to deal with. Nike makes a quality product and stands behind it featuring wonderful customer service. I've been wearing the DKs and the Kaijus every year since they have come out and can't imagine ever wanting to try anything else. Comfortable feet are the most important part of your setup.
True twin all mountain performance in a premium package. That is exactly what you will get with the Blacklight from Nitro Snowboards. Featuring a high end Sintered Speed Formula II Base, the Blacklight charges the entire mountain. The Powerlight core keeps things light as a feather under your feet while the Diamond laminates ensure a snappy and responsive flex. The Blacklight comes in both standard and Gullwing camber allowing you to choose between lightening fast response or a slighlty looser ride. I recommend this board to anyone looking for a high end, true twin, all mountain freestyle machine. The Gullwing version is a lot of fun on pow days and the standard camber is perfect for lapping the mountain with your friends.
If you love to ride powder as much as I do, you know how much the right board can change your experience from a good one to a great one. Float, response, and playfulness all play a huge role in the design of the perfect pow quiver board. The Nitro Slash is everything you could want for those days when you escape into the deep stuff. The Gullwing camber coupled with the tapered shape and set back stance will keep you floating on the deepest days. The graphics are amazing and will make sure everyone is jealous as you are slashing passed them. The Slash is both playful and responsive when you need it to be. Even when you are on the groomers the Slash is fun to turn, however it really excels in the trees and chutes. I would recommend this board to anyone looking for a pow specific quiver board that is as fun to ride as it is functional.
Finding the right park board can be a daunting task. Choosing a board that is easy to press but still stable enough to jump on can be difficult. Thankfully, Nitro has made your decision easy with the T1. This zero camber board can do it all and do it all well. Railkiller edges are twice as thick and twice as strong as a standard edge and can take any abuse you throw at them. The Whiplash core profile is milled out between your feet and thicker underfoot allowing you to get a smooth flex without sacrificing ollie power. The Powercore II and a sintered base give you the pop and speed you need to clear the big jumps. A team favorite for Nitro riders, this board seriously does it all and allows you to focus on having fun. I would recommend this board to anyone that wants a fun and playful board that you can ride all over the mountain. Jon Kooley's pro one off features nuns with guns. What's not to like?
If you are looking for the board that can do it all from the park to the pipe to the pow, look no further. The Team Gullwing by Nitro is the board you have been looking for. The Team Gullwing offers plenty of snap thanks to the Reflex core profile but is still flexible enough to lock in that nose press. The Gullwing camber profile allows you to keep your nose up in the deep stuff with little to no effort at all. A sintered base ensures you are clearing all the knuckles and keeping ahead of the pack in that waist deep pow. The graphics from renowned LA street photographer Estevan Oriol will make sure you are standing out in the lift line. I would recommend this board for anyone that wants a quiver of one. One board to rule them all.
If you have bigger feet or just like a wider board underneath you and haven't been able to find that perfect park board to suit your needs, look no further. The Rook by Nitro Snowboards is a midwide all-mountain freestyle machine. This award winning board is perfect for every one from the jibber to the jumper and even the back country ripper. Featuring a Whiplash profile, the Rook is both flexible and snappy at the same time. Response is multiplied by Diamond bands running through the core and Ballistic impact panels under the inserts. Railkiller Edges allow you to slam this board all over the mountain without fear of cracking the edges. This board is perfect for anyone who wants a a high performance yet playful true twin with a midwide shape.
If you like your board to ride loose and playful, it doesn't get much better than the Subzero. The Hotwing camber profile is ridiculously snappy while still being super easy to press. Hotwing is reverse camber between the feet and flat towards the tip and tail. The rail killer edges are twice as strong as a standard edge and allow you to bash into all the metal you want. The extruded base is super easy to repair making this an ideal choice for you rippers that want to take your skills to the streets. I would recommend this board for any one that likes a loose ?skatey? ride but still wants some pop.
If you like your bindings with a medium stiffness that is slightly on the softer side, I'd recommend the Nitro Zeros. The two piece base tray allows for some flexibility while the highback is responsive and lightweight. The buckles release smoother than butter and the airbag under your heel provides supreme cushioning. The Zero is perfect for the rider that loves to ride the park but isn't afraid to venture into the trees.
If I had to choose one word to describe the Nitro Phantom binding, it would simply be ?amazing.? The Phantoms are the perfect medium stiffness binding. Featuring canted foot beds that take pressure off of your knees and airbags that offer supreme cushioning, the Phantoms are Cadillacs for your feet. The taller highback offers unbeatable response and the buckles release smoother than butter. I would recommend this to everyone from the seasoned park ripper to the all mountain destroyer. The Phantom does it all, and does it all in comfort.
Nothing compares to camber. If you are looking for snap, power, and response from your park board, the T1.5 is exactly what you have been searching for. This true twin freestyle destroyer will help you stomp those huge jumps without having to worry about looping out. The Whiplash core profile helps keep the board playful for those butters and presses while the tri-lite laminates enable the T1.5 to remain stable at high speeds. Rail killer edges are twice as thick and twice as strong as a standard edge and round out the tech package of this amazing board. If you are looking for a fast and responsive freestyle machine, check out the T1.5.
A blast from the past! Nitro was the first company to introduce an asymmetrical edge on a snowboard in the early 90's and for 2013 they are bringing it back complete with throwback graphics and they even kept the name. The Pyro is the quiver of one you have been looking for. Featuring zero camber, the Pyro is easy to press but also is more responsive than the typical reverse camber board. The asym edge coupled with Power Pods allow this board to turn on a dime. The retro shape and graphic is sure to catch the attention of everyone in the lift line. Rail Killer Edges allow you to jib anything and everything in your way without fear of cracking an edge. The sintered base rounds out this amazing shred stick, ensuring you will always have enough speed to stay ahead of the pack. If you are looking for a playful yet responsive board to do it all, look no further. The Pyro is what dreams are made of.
If you like to haul ass and rail turns, there isn't a better board on the market. The Nitro Pantera is a man's board designed for one thing: total mountain domination. This freeride machine has a stiffer flex and won't buckle or loop out under any circumstance. The tapered tail and directional shape allow you to float freely in powder. Diamond bands in the core allow you to get the snap you require to pop those ollies and stomp those cliffs. Whether you like to stick to the groomers or head into the trees, the sintered base will keep you ahead of the pack. I highly recommend the Pantera to anyone that wants to charge the mountain without worrying about outperforming their board.
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