After Elias Elhardt’s breathtaking part in the Pirates movie last year, it was only right that Nitro decided to give him a pro model for 2014/15, taking the existing T1 and beefing it up to meet his demands as well as adding some of the nicest looking graphics around.
There’s a lot of techy sounding features buried in this board: the Powercore II is a tip to tail poplar core with beech stringers to give an all-natural blend of strength and snap, plus the Whiplash core profile reduces the thickness between the feet and beefs it up at the ends to balance out buttery goodness and pop.
On the outside it’s much the same, though it is an all mountain board that can be ridden in the pow it comes with Railkiller edges that are double the normal thickness for extra strength. Elias reckons this comes in handy for when you hit that inevitable rock off piste, hopefully saving a trip to the tech shop. There’s a sintered base for as much speed as you like and a zero-camber profile means you get the best of both camber and rocker underfoot.
“There’s something magical about the flex in this board’s core that softens up in the turns but powers you out at the end, the same going for butters, presses and ollies: it’s playful but the power is always there on tap for when you need it. With an all mountain snowboard you really want it to work all over the hill and this does just that, it’s fun to play around on jumps and side hits but would perform equally well if you took it into the deep stuff. After having a go on this it’s obvious why Elias always rides with a smile!” – Sam McMahon