Nitro Slash 2021 Review
The 2021 Slash is a giant change from previous years, where it is pretty much a completely new board now. I first rode the Slash in 2018, when it only came in the 163cm, and had the shaped balsa core. I liked it back then, but the the main thing the two boards have in common now is the name.
Features of the Nitro Slash
- Tapered Diectional
This shape has a longer nose than tail, as well as taper that means that the width of the nose is wider than the tail, which helps the board float, as well as make smooth turns.
Pretty much a regular camber profile, that has a smoother and earlier transition into the nose and tail of the board. It basically has all the benefits of a traditional camber board, but being a little less “catchy”.
- Wide Width
Plenty of width on all sizes of the Slash, so even if you have big boots you are still going to be able to carve a small board without any toe or heel drag.
- All Terrain Flex
- Progressive Sidecut
The sidecut is made with a large radius circle at the nose of the board, that blends into a smaller radius circle at the tail. It means that you get a smooth start to turns, that naturally wants to accelerate out of the end of a turn.
- Reflex Core Profile
- Power Core 2
A poplar wood core, that has beech wood stringers to add extra strength and snap to the core.
- Bi-Lite Laminates
Two directions of fibers that gives it a smooth and predictable feel.
- Sintered HD Speed Formula Base
A hard and fast sintered base material.
How it Rides
Board size: 151cm
Boots: Salomon Launch Boa 27.5
Bindings: Burton Cartel
This review is based on me riding with my bindings set up to my regular angles of +12 on the front and -9 on the back, with a stance width of about 21.5 inches.
It had snowed overnight, and the groomers were nicely packed, with soft snow out in the trees.
Although it has the Cam-Out profile which tones the camber down a little in the nose and tail, the model I tested had a huge amount of camber. I didn’t measure it, but in the center of the board it would have seemed like it was around 10mm, which is made much more obvious because of the short length of the board.
Flex and Pop
There was plenty of pop in the Slash – loads of camber, and a short stiffish tail pushed back well.
I can imagine that the large amount of camber is added to give the board more stability and better edge hold for the short length, which seems to work. It was the sort of board that I was able to push right over onto the edge to take advantage of the wide width, and it never even hinted that it might slip out.
It was a fun board to ride in deeper patches, the longer nose, taper and short tail gave it a surfy feel, but still had a more solid feel than similar board with a rocker tail.
The base was is sintered, and I had no problem at all with the speed wherever I rode it.
I think that the new Slash is a good short and wide option, without having to go for something as full on as the Fintwin or the Pow. The camber keeps it solid and poppy, and it was much more stable than I expected from the length.
Nitro Slash 2021 Technical Specs
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