The Nug joined the Burton line as a late-season release in 2011, and had a lot of hype to live up to. Would snowboarders take to this short, chubby board? Yes, as it turned out; the Nug not only found favour, it also kicked off a trend for shorter, fun-focused sticks that’s still going.
Ideally you want to downsize between eight and ten centimetres on this, which will give you roughly the same effective edge as your standard stick. It’ll still carve up the hill, then, but the weight saving that comes with the shorter length means that this wants to fly – not off a superpark booter, but rather off all those little hits you can find on your way down the runs. Thanks to the width and the V-rocker hybrid profile, it floats surprisingly well in deep powder too. While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend making this your only stick, it definitely is worth considering as a fun alternative to your normal board in certain conditions – and with the channel system, swapping your bindings between the two is a piece of cake. New for 2014/15 is a flat-based version of the Nug, so you might want to scope out both before you buy.
“This is ridiculously easy to turn, which can make it feel a bit twitchy at times, but nowhere near as much as it should given the length. The extra width and V Rocker offer great float in deeper snow, and it’s fun for dicking about at the side of the piste or in the park. I’m not sure I’d want to charge down a black run on this, but then that’s not what it’s for. If you’re after something a bit different and fun, consider this for sure.” – Chris Sturgess