Nitro Team 2020 Review
The Nitro Team is their do everything, all-mountain board that I think gets the balance right with the shape, flex, camber and just the way it rides.
Features of the Nitro Team
- Directional Twin
- True Camber
Regular camber, just like all boards used to be. Gives the board good pop, edge hold and overall a solid feel.
- All Terrain Flex
Nitro’s name for a flex rating that is suitable for riding all over the mountain.
- Dual Degressive Sidecut
A mix between different radius circles, which has larger ones toward the nose and tail of the board, and a smaller tighter one in the middle. It is the most forgiving option Nitro have, that keeps it loose and playful.
- Reflex Core Profile
Thinner core profile between your feet that makes it easier to flex, but also easier to twist which helps keep turns smooth and easy.
- Sintered Speed Formula HD Base
A fast base material, that has increased wax absorption, made from a durable material that is quick on snow.
- Bi-Lite Laminates
Two directions of glass, that make the board easy to flex and move around.
- Powerlite Core
A lightweight core, that uses high grade poplar wood to keep it light and poppy, but still strong.
- 157cm Wide
- 159cm Wide
- 162cm Wide
How it Rides
Board size: 155cm
Boots: Salomon Launch Boa SJ 27.5
Bindings: Flux RII
This review is based on me riding the 2020 Nitro Team, with fast but soft groomers, and between 15-20cm of powder out in the trees. There was a good mix of conditions to see what the Team can do. I had the board set up to my regular angles of positive 12 on the front foot, and negative 9 on the back.
The Team has regular or traditional camber, although it isn’t a huge amount. Depending on the board and what it is designed for, Nitro vary the amount of camber.
It has the classic camber feel, though I didn’t find it catchy at all. Riding fast it felt nice and stable, and even on chopped up snow it just seemed to ride through everything without a problem.
Flex and Pop
For me (my weight at about 72kg) and my style of riding, the flex was perfect. Not too soft, not too stiff. The tail still had enough strength to hold everything together when I rode in a little fast and ended up in the backseat, but never felt too stiff.
The pop that I could get from the Team was really good. Ollies were about as high as I have ever gotten them, and the way the tail pushed back was just enough.
I expected that the Team would have good edge hold, with regular camber, and it has the Dual Degressive sidecut that I liked about the Santoku. Starting a turn is very smooth and easy, and the grip the whole way through the turn feels very strong.
Edge to edge the board was very smooth and quick, and on groomed runs is pretty fun. Like quite a few Nitro boards it has a fairly narrow waist width, on the 155cm it is only 248mm wide, which means that there isn’t much effort needed at all to change edges. With my size 9.5 boots I didn’t have too much heel or toe overhang, though I wouldn’t want to have boots too much bigger for that size board.
Although it looks like a regular twin board, it is actually a directional twin board, and the stance is set back 15mm. I didn’t expect it to do as well in fresh snow as it did, it didn’t need much effort to keep floating, and I never felt like I had to fight to stop it from sinking.
The sintered base of the Team is nice and quick, keeping speed up in deep powder, and on flat cat tracks and traverses was no problem at all.
- Quick to turn
- Fairly narrow waist widths
The Nitro Team is overall a great board, especially if you just want to buy one board to ride everywhere. It is one of the most fun boards I have ridden, I would easily be able to recommend it. It has a very similar feel to the Burton Custom (camber version).
Groomers, jumps, powder – it rides nicely everywhere. Keep an eye on the narrow waist widths, they could be an issue if you have bigger boots, or even boots that don’t have a low profile shape. The wide versions of the Team start at 157cm, and they jump right up to real width widths, starting at 264mm so they can handle really big boots.
There are a couple of different versions of the Team, the regular version, as well as the Exposure version which has different graphics. Both the regular Team and Team Exposure come in camber and Gullwing, though I have no idea how the Gullwing version rides.
Nitro Team 2020 Technical Specs
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