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4 5

The board makes for spectacular freeriding, but there seem to be durability issues with this snowboard for this year.

The sidewall is made of this clear material that seems to crack under a combination of cold weather and high stress. After this, the board will start to delaminate in this area. Another issue is that the diecut base may tear off, for seemingly no reason.

Nitro honored their warranty.

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5 5

I've been riding this snowboard for the better part of this winter season, putting about 20 to 30 days on it. It has seen action in Baker-Snoqualmie, the Tetons, and all over the 'Ice Coast'. The verdict? It will handle just about anything you can expect it to. It is definitely not a jib board (but sometimes I can't resist), so try to avoid bonking rocks and steel posts because the tip and the tail are thin, soft, and light. Where it absolutely excels: SPEED, carves/turns, drops, jumps, steeps, powder (decent flotation; I am 155# and ride the 157cm), etc. It's rock solid and returns a smooth, damp ride that just makes you want to go faster, jump further, rip harder. If you love technical terrain, airs, freeriding, etc., you'll probably love this board.

Notes about the board: base loves wax, it's pretty light, mid-wide, mid-stiff.

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I picked up these shorts and compared it to the RED Total Impact Shorts in a store... and I'd go with these. The padding feels better and softer on the body-side, but these non-Newtonian materials (VPD, D3O, etc.) get softer with temperature, so it's impossible to tell unless you're wearing them. I'm not unhappy with my decision.

4 5

I got this thing a few weeks ago and have been on the snow once with it. I took a hit on a rail and I didn't feel a thing, but all falls are different. The short itself, as Elias mentioned below, fits pretty snugly. This is good because it keeps the pads where they should be: against vulnerable parts of your body. The short, as a whole, is low-profile and unless you're seriously getting checked out, is unnoticeable under your ski/ride clothing. The only thing is that the white panels seem to be the very light mesh and I worry about it ripping.

**Most of the pads are not VPD! Only the tailbone padding is VPD. The other pads (hip, thigh) are some type of soft mesh foam with a stiffer outer shell. The pads feel of good quality and are comfortable.

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4 5

I haven't been on this deck yet because it's June and there's no snow for thousands of miles from me. But I can still tell you a few things: 1. It is surprisingly light. The 157cm is much lighter than a 155cm Ride DH or a 155cm Arbor Wasteland. A lot of companies claim a have a thinned tip and tail, but Nitro takes it a step further: there's little in the way of material at the very tip and tail and it's very soft at the ends. The board itself seems to be mid-stiff, but I've yet to ride it and break it in. Will review again when winter comes.

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The Nitro Team is a freestyle-oriented all-mountain deck that will do just about anything: rails, jumps, jibs, cruising, etc. The Nitro Blacklight is also an all-mountain freestyle deck, but it's not a board that you'd want to spend a day on rails with. It's more aggressive; it wants to go faster, rip deep lines, and air off that cornice.

4 5

You can't go wrong with these bindings. Relatively lightweight, enough flex for rails and tweaks in the park and enough response to power you around the mountain, instead of getting kicked around by choppy snow. Nice footbed with LOTS of padding for landing those jumps on hardpack. Not the most adjustable, but adjustable enough to fit most boots. Really, just go for it.

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