With their 25-year anniversary looming, the guys at Nitro continue to crank out top quality boards (as well as boots and bindings). The Nitro Blacklight boasts a typically Nitro-esque gnarly design, but under the topsheet this is a all business; a no-nonsense all- mountain directional twin. The poplar wood core is strong and lightweight, strengthened by a carbon fibre laminate.
Shape-wise it features ‘PowerPods’ which are essentially larger, wider sections of base under the feet. This creates extra contact points at the heels and toes, giving you terrific edge bite when turning on hard-packed or icy slopes. It’s also a life-saver for those with bigger feet who are prone to heel or toe drag in softer conditions. As for profile, it feautes what Nitro calls its ‘Gullwing Rocker’. Basically the rocker in the middle turns to camber under the feet, before once again rising up at the ends. Picture the nose and tail as the wingtips of a bird and you’ll figure it out. While this makes it a little more playful and fun, you can opt for an all-out camber version instead if you like. Both feature Nitro’s high-end sintered base, so whichever one you pick will send you whipping down the hill at the speed of (Black) light.
“I’m glad i looked past the graphics and mouthful of a name because The Nitro Blacklight Gullwing proved to be one of the standout boards of the test. It’s wide enough for anything up to size 10 and cranks out solid carves, but it’s not just a piste charger – the playful flex pattern had me popping off every available hit. I was also lucky enough get a few pow turns on this deck and it seemed equally at home in the deep stuff. In short, the Blacklight is a near perfect all rounder. It rewards good technique but forgives mistakes, and encourages you to push your riding. is a near perfect all rounder. It rewards good technique but forgives mistakes, and encourages you to push your riding. ” – Ed Blomfield