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post #21 of 44 (permalink) Old 04-02-2010, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
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I maintained the directional setup when I mounted my bindings. I also did a mild detune on the tip/tail. Of course I wsxed, as I do with any new board, this time using some OBJ 4x4 all-temp that I'm working through. To be honest, I did a shitty job of scraping, which I noticed when throwing it on the ski rack the next morning--oh well it was too late at that point. Didn't wax again for the second day but I did scrape again.

I've taken the Nitro up twice so far. The first day was rough in most spots, really choppy and bumpy. We hiked a few runs that day and managed to find spots with 4-6" of untracked snow, although it was a bit heavy. When I took this board up for the second time, it was in 30" of fresh untracked pow that had fallen over the two days in between. It was a nice cold bluebird day.

I said it before and I'll say it again--this board is fast! I actually thought that to myself during my very first run on it, and that's despite the shitty scraping job! It really picks up speed quickly when you point it, and seems to carry that speed pretty well on flat spots.

This board is light! Combined with my fairly light Flux binders (Super Titans one day and Feedbacks the next), it was so much nicer for all the hiking we did both days vs. carrying my heavier Never Summers. It was also great when I got myself stuck feet-first in a 4ft deep treewell, as I was able to climb out without unstrapping. Despite the light weight, it still seems pretty durable. Surprisingly, even though it's not one of the more damp boards I've owned, it actually did a good job of absorbing chatter on the groomers. Where it did struggle is in the really choppy stuff on day 1. You really feel the unevenness of the snow as you move over it. I really found the nose/tail to be too soft for those conditions combined with my weight. It's billed as a mid-flex, but I'd put it towards the softer end of the middle.

Now on day 2 in the deep pow, this board kicked ass! I barely had to lean back and it floated so nicely. I was in total control of the board without having to put any extra effort into it. The Nitro was just as happy kicking up rooster tails in long high speed turns, as it was making small soft turns through the trees. I was literally all smiles that entire morning. All this without adding any extra setback besides what's built-in and rocking my usual stance width.

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The board felt catchy when bombing straight down the groomers, but nothing I couldn't easily correct. I think it's mainly due to being a brand new board with razor sharp edges, so I'll probably extend the areas of detuning a bit before I take it out again. Hopefully that'll alleviate it. On the flip side, it gripped surprisingly well in carves, without any fancy edge tech like Mervin/NS/Nidecker use.

The only thing I would say I was a bit disappointed in, was that it didn't pop as much as I was expecting. I guess I assumed it would have more than my SL-R because it's so much lighter and because they put the camber zones a little more underfoot. Then again the SL-R has a surprisingly good amount of pop, probably due in part to the carbon V's at the tip/tail. We'll see if my opinion changes if I ever get the TG on some man-made jumps.

I have to say I think I might actually prefer Nitro's placement of the camber zones over Never Summer's for freeriding. Having the camber zones a little further in and slightly more underfoot seemed to help with control. What I noticed is that the board really responds immediately to your inputs, since even small adjustments had a noticeable effect on the TG. I'm still learning the board and getting used to it, but I really liked the feeling of complete control in long carves.

Overall I'm very impressed with the Nitro Team Gullwing. I was skeptical, but it exceeded my expectations in several categories and represents a fantastic bang for the buck. It's one of those decks that anyone can have fun on, beginner through advanced. It has that mid-soft flex that seems to be so popular these days, so you can rip both in the park and on the groomers. I plan to use it some more, but am also contemplating selling it, possibly to get a shorter size. As a brand, Nitro seems to fly under the radar. If this board is any indication of the rest of their line, I would have to say they're totally underrated. Their Gullwing tech is based on a solid philosophy, and works in the real world too. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get into a new board with up-to-date tech. I'd take this board over any so-called all-mountain board with a plain rocker shape, any day.

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Agree with you saying Nitro has flown under the radar. And it's a little strange with the pretty popular riders they have (to those of us who actually snowboard and don't just watch the X-Games).

I suspect that their profile will shoot up on people's radar after Ben Bilocq's killer Videograss opener...

Anyways, I just picked up a Sub Pop for an awesome price, and it's got Gullwing camber, plus a shit ton of other tech. I'll do a proper review of it after this weekend of riding it again, but my first shred out on it, I was SUPER surprised and happy. I bought it just for a rail board to thrash, but it's legitimately super fun to ride.

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took the board out again.. like above posts I love the feel during a long carve, and the grip does seem very good.

one thing that bothers me though, not sure what's happening but there has been a time i am going straight flat (eg on some long traverse) and the board just catches and gives me falls that i've never had since my first year of boarding. Not sure if it's due to new edges. Just have to be on guard alot, but I do feel less trusting of myself on this board in these situations and compensate by staying on edge alot more.
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I mentioned the same thing in post #22. The edges are very sharp from the factory, so try detuning a bit or just wait until it dulls on it's own.

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One of the homies just picked this board up from me, and should get a chance to ride it at least once before season end. I'll report back with his impressions. Should be interesting (to me at least) since we are similar in stature, riding style, and equipment preferences.

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How is it that you guys still have snow?! My snowboard has been packed away and I've been golfing for the past two weeks!! Sooooo jealous!!
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Best storm of the season just rolled through over the past couple weeks! Conditions are prob all downhill from here though. Crystal and Stevens close this weekend but Baker is open for 2 more weeks.

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I've been on my 2010 Nitro Team Gullwing almost 10 days since I picked it up 50% off from Sierra Snowboard. Previously I'd only ridden cambered boards and spent one day on a demo'd 159cm Legacy-R. Loved the rc tech, but didn't want to shell out the full price on a NS (missed the mid-season sales), so I went with the Nitro TG.

Me: 190lbs, 6', size 12 boots, '09 Ride NRc binders
I went with the 162 TG (not wide) after reading that the effective edge is shorter on these boards. Basically the 162 is the same EE as the 159 Legacy-R I demo'd. SS was out of 162W so I ordered the 162 regular width over the 159W as the TG wide's are REALLY wide. Also with the Ride cant beds, my boots are high enough off the board that toe drag is not an issue at +18 -9.

LOVE this board. Very fun all over the moutain. My first day was riding some afternoon chop and I thought the board had way too little dampning, but all of my friends were feeling the chop too. Stable off jumps and the gullwing is very fun to play around buttering on too. Very stable at speed when bombing runs. Basically one board that does it all, and quite well. The base is definitely something better than extruded, as it takes more wax and doesn't have that plastic feel of a 100% extruded base.

Compared to the NS Lagacy-R I demo'd: Overall I'd say the Nitro feels like a cheaper/lighter version of it. Not necessarily in a bad way. By cheaper I mean mainly that it doesn't seem quite as durable (NS are known for being well built, though - and it still carries a 2yr warranty vs 3yr for NS), but it is also noticeably lighter weight. I'd say the NS felt more damp over chop, but the Nitro still does well. The NS also had more pop. Both carve equally well, still not the same clean feel of a camber, but after not riding camber for a while you start to forget that feeling and are happy with the way these carve.

Overall, great board, especially when you can get a great deal on it. Look forward to at least one more trip to Mammoth on it. Had to get up there this past weekend when the whole mountain was open for the last time this season - and this board handled the whole mountain very nicely.
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