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Triple8Sol 03-25-2010 06:46 PM

REVIEW: 2010 Nitro Team Gullwing snowboard
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Nitro was founded and is still based right here out of Seattle, WA with their boards made in Austria. For some reason the brand seems to be bigger in Europe than back here in the US? I've been interested in Nitro for the past 4 years or so, starting with when I was looking for a traditional cambered freeride board. Back then I narrowed my search to ones like the Nitro Pantera, Capita BDST, and Arbor Crossbow but ended up getting a Ride No.4 one year and a Ride Concept UL the next. Not to be confused, the Nitro Team Gullwing is NOT a freeride board...that's just some background. Anyways, wasn't sure when I'd get the chance to finally own one, but then I came across a deal I couldn't refuse, so I ordered a 159 and it just arrived!

My initial impressions are better than expected, actually. Stock photos on a computer screen really don't do this board justice. I can appreciate the simple gloss black with subtle matte black graphics, tiger stripes around the tip/tail and the boxes of artwork in-between. They added some flavor with the black/white zebra stripe sidewalls and the bright base. If you're a teen looking for something with really busy/flashy graphics, you'll prob be happier with something from Rome or Capita. The TG is a bit cleaner/classier, so well done, Nitro.

I picked up the Nitro Team Gullwing in a 159. The closest board in my quiver atm is my Never Summer SL-R 158 and they're actually very similar on paper. They're both mid-flex all mountain freestyle sticks and directional twins. They even share eerily similar specs like setback (15mm vs. 0.5in), waist width (25.2 vs. 25.3), nose/tail width (29.4 vs. 29.8), and average sidecut radius too. Although my SL-R is broken in, it's still stiffer than the TG. Despite being a 1cm shorter, the SL-R has 3cm longer effective edge. Oh and the TG is lighter, but no surprise there.

Both boards have the same basic rocker camber profile, with a similar medium rocker profile in between the binding inserts and a similar mild camber profile on either end. I examined them side-by-side and noticed a few things right off the bat. The difference is placement, as NS puts the camber a little further out toward the tip/tail than Nitro. On the SL-R the camber zone starts around the middle of each set of inserts while the camber zone on the TG starts closer to the innermost inserts. As a result, the peak (highest point and center) of the camber zone on the SL-R is further out towards the tip/tail than on the TG.

I'm planning to hit a couple different local hills with it this weekend, so I'll report back afterwards with my riding impressions. I've heard some good things about Nitro in general and this board in particular, so I'm excited to find out for myself.

Triple8Sol 03-25-2010 06:58 PM

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ETM 03-25-2010 07:06 PM

Looks and sounds like a nice board mate, if you can try to do a weight comparison between the 2 aswell

nzboardlife 03-25-2010 10:07 PM

I ordered the 159 nitro wiig, can't wait, i have heard the gulwing is a bit loose for a freeride board so i went for the wiig.

zk0ot 03-26-2010 12:38 AM

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its a shame well have to see wiig decked out all ganster next year head to toe with forum and SB.

604al 03-26-2010 03:50 AM

i just picked up a wide 157 and have similar impressions versus my Never Summer Revolver 156. While the quality in Never Summer decks is obvious, the Gullwing even at 1cm longer and slightly wider is WAYYYYY lighter. The tradeoff may be worth it, I'll check back in later once I get a chance to ride this deck.

fattrav 03-26-2010 03:37 PM

Can either of you give an actual figure of the weight difference please?

jimster716 03-26-2010 04:53 PM


Originally Posted by zk0ot (Post 279092)
its a shame well have to see wiig decked out all ganster next year head to toe with forum and SB.

Foursquare outerwear...guess he ditched Vans along with Nitro. Not sure whose boots he'll be in.

nx_911_turbo 03-27-2010 02:43 AM

Looking forward to seeing your take on this, though I'm sure you'll absolutely love it! It's a wicked board, that's for sure, and definitely a better looking board in person than most online pictures suggest. Have fun on the hill! My season's ended with injury before I got a chance to properly test mine in conditions other than straight ice (missed 6 planned days on the mountain, and 4 more in the next week, which were ALL going to be on the Team Gullwing, thanks to a fall that resulted in first aid kicking me off the mountain almost 2 weeks ago).

Triple8Sol 03-28-2010 10:13 PM

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Only ended up getting up to the hill once this weekend. Paired it with my Flux Super Titans today, but my Flux Feedbacks should arrive tomorrow, so I'll be running those when I go up again in the next couple days. I'll report back after I get another day out on the board.

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