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Hey all,
New to the site, but I've been lurking here for a while. I'm pretty interested in the Nitro Dropout and I might get one for the upcoming season. I'm after a board for looking for powder stashes in trees but is still good in the air. After some research, I found the dropout which looked like a good fit. I'm wondering if there is anyone here who has ridden one or knows what size I should get (6'2" 170-175lbs 10.5-11 boot). I've had a hard time finding people with on-snow experience with this board. From what little I did find, I heard conflicting opinions on whether to size down (156) or not.
What's your experience been with the board?
Do you find it's softer than nitro claims it is (7/10)?
Can it hold up at speed?
Thanks for your help!
 

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I own a 156 from last season. I'm 5'-8" 170-175 lbs with size 9.5 boot. I got two days on it and I have to say I'm glad I got the 156. This board carves like a dream, has great turn of initiation, lots of pop, and fast base. It rolls from edge to edge with no effort because of it's sidecut and a little bit of taper. I didn't find the board to be stiff at all (yeah I would say around 6 or 7/10). It actually has a lot of torsional give between the feet which makes it easier to steer off your front foot. I did try to buttter and it was fighting me back a little, probably a user error (I'm not great at buttering or do any park). There is a good amount of camber (5-6mm) which makes it very poppy and stable. Another good thing I noticed with this board is the top sheet doesn't let the snow stick to it. I don't know if there is some coating similar to rain x applied to the top sheet from the factory. Hope that helps!
 

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Thanks that helped a lot!
I own a 156 from last season. I'm 5'-8" 170-175 lbs with size 9.5 boot. I got two days on it and I have to say I'm glad I got the 156. This board carves like a dream, has great turn of initiation, lots of pop, and fast base. It rolls from edge to edge with no effort because of it's sidecut and a little bit of taper. I didn't find the board to be stiff at all (yeah I would say around 6 or 7/10). It actually has a lot of torsional give between the feet which makes it easier to steer off your front foot. I did try to buttter and it was fighting me back a little, probably a user error (I'm not great at buttering or do any park). There is a good amount of camber (5-6mm) which makes it very poppy and stable. Another good thing I noticed with this board is the top sheet doesn't let the snow stick to it. I don't know if there is some coating similar to rain x applied to the top sheet from the factory. Hope that helps!
 

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I picked one up (153) just before the lockdown, hoping to try it out this season.
 

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Ok, I tried dropout. It can carve ok, has a very nice pop, and I have to say it seems like a fun board. My judgment was
It's hard for me to accurately assess the quality of the carvs or the pleasure of driving because before that, I used to ride the Nitro Pantera almost all day, which I also bought and which I knew would steal my heart. She holds the edge like crazy, super stable, alive ... better than Dropout on this slope and in these conditions in every inch (maybe except for jumps). However, at the Dropout itself, I had no negative feelings about the ride. On the contrary, it was nice and light. Now I'm waiting for powder because it's more of a freeride board than all-day fun on the slope.

Here's some footage. Dropout starts at 1:37
 

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Rode the dropout finally, not sorry I bought it. At times the backend seemed a bit loose on the flats/cat tracks. I'm an intermediate rider. In all likelihood the issue is on my end.
 

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Rode the dropout finally, not sorry I bought it. At times the backend seemed a bit loose on the flats/cat tracks. I'm an intermediate rider. In all likelihood the issue is on my end.
Yup, just practice with it. It can hold an edge pretty well. Try experimenting with the weight balance of your body.
It's easy to lose the line of uneven groomer
 
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Nice, hope to ride like that one day!
You will :) Just keep riding and progress every time you go ride. Always have a goal and learn sth new, this way you'll get there. I'm barely know how to ride on an edge, not even carve really deep, no real skill yet, I'm just good at edits ;)

I admit, Dropout is my new fav toy. I only rode Dart once in this season, that says a lot. I just bought it because it was cheap (60% discount) and I found a gem!

Going to Switzerland on Friday, I'll test it finally in powder. Expect some vids in a week or so.
 
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