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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Last edited by Triple8Sol; 04-02-2010 at 06:03 AM.