Nitro Uberspoon 2017 Review
The Nitro Uberspoon is designed to be a do it all board, that has a few changes in the 2017 model compared to previous years.
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Features of the Nitro Uberspoon 2017
- All-Mountain Twin Shape
- Cam-Out Camber
Although it is based on a low regular camber design, it is much tamer and easier to ride feel.
- Progressive Width
As the boards go up in size (length), they get wider to handle the bigger boots that taller riders are more likely to have.
- All Terrain Flex
A medium flex rating, that is made to be able to handle all kinds of terrain. Not too stiff that you can’t flex it, and not so soft that it can’t can handle speed.
- Dual Degressive Sidecut
The most forgiving of the Nitro sidecut designs, there is a tighter radius in the center of the board, with larger radius towards the tip and tail of the board.
- Powercore II
The core is made up of Poplar wood, which is chosed to keep the core light but still have a good flex and feel.
- Reflex Core Profile
The core gets thinner between your feet, which is made to give you better handling, and give you more torsional flex, which is supposed to help you with turns.
- Tri-Lite Laminates
Designed to get a balance between keeping the board flexible but still having torsion control, it has fiberglass has fibers running in 3 different directions.
- Sintered Speed Formula HD Base
A hard and fast High Density base material, that is good at soaking up wax, and keeping the board moving fast. In real life this base is fast in everything from slushy spring snow to cold dry powder.
How it Rides
Board size: 156cm
My Height & Weight: 6 foot / 183cm & 150lbs / 68kg
Boots: ThirtyTwo TM-TWO
Bindings: Nitro Team set with a 22.5″ stance width, at +15 and -9.
When I was able to ride the 2017 Uberspoon, the snow was quite hardpacked, with a little bit of slush down lower on the mountain.
This years model changed from the older Roofchop Camber profile to Cam-Out Camber. It now has a low amount of camber, that feels like it ends quite early. It feels fairly close to a flat profile board. There must be a good reason for changing the camber profile, but I didn’t like the change.
Flex and Pop
It has a medium flex rating, but it felt very easy to flex and press, it really didn’t take much effort.
Riding a brand new board with a profile with a bit of camber, I expected better edge hold than I got from this. It felt very loose and washy, even when I would focus hard on keeping my weight centered and pushing through the edge, it never felt that like I could count on it.
At high speed the Uberspoon didn’t seem chattery, but it didn’t have a very stable feel to it at all. Riding flat based was no problem, it didn’t give me the feeling that it was going to catch at all.
Everything that I read about the Uberspoon describes it as a do it all, all-mountain and powder board. I didn’t get to ride it in powder which could completely change my view around, but for riding on hardpacked snow, there wasn’t anything I liked about it. Overall it was just too loose, soft and unpredictable. The 2016 model seemed like a much better choice for my style of riding. Hopefully I will get to ride it again this coming winter in some deep snow, so I can see how it does in some different conditions.
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