Normally it’s freestyle boards that come cheapest, with the cost rising as you turn your focus more towards freeriding. That’s how it’s supposed to go, anyway, but Nitro has bucked the trend with the Nitro Mystique. It obviously hasn’t got some of the space-age tech seen in pricier models, but that’s not to say it doesn’t qualify as a bona fide all-rounder.
The poplar wood core is enhanced with beech stringers that run the entire length of the board, passing under the binding inserts. This gives the board plenty of strength and pop, so it’ll handle charging just as well as freestyle. It features the same ‘Gullwing’ profile as the Blacklight (see previous page), giving it the ability to carve the hard stuff and float in the soft, while the slight setback and radial sidecut offer a solid, stable ride when ridden in the normal stance. The extruded base is a great choice for those who favour durability and easy maintenance over that extra bit of speed that sintered bases deliver; if that’s what you’re after, you may need to fork out some more dough. But if a versatile stick for less than three hundred quid sounds like your bag, then this could be the one for you.
“The flex on this is roughly what you would expect from an all-mountain freestyle board, perhaps slightly softer than some of the other ones I tested. At speed it was a little chattery, and small turns could sometimes be pretty sluggish, but overall it was a solid all-round stick. This board would be good for the first-time buyer who wants something that will see her through to the next level of progression without breaking the bank.” – Lauren MacCallum