- Price: £215
- Sizes: 146, 151, 152, 156, 158, 160, 162
- Width: Normal
- Flex: 2
They say: A modern freestyle board.
We say: With a poplar and beech core and a combo profile this board has plenty of pop, and is nice and playful. It’s soft flex means it’s probably not the best at holding an edge at high-speed, but it’s designed for intermediates, so that’d be pointless.
Tester says: At £215, this is brilliant value. It turns nicely and is predictable.
Buy It Here:
- Building boards since: 1984
- HQ in: Rolle, Switzerland
- History lesson: Nidecker is the oldest company on this list. Started in 1887 the company made its first few bucks flogging carts to Swiss peasants. In 1912, a far-sighted Henri Nidecker saw the potential in sliding on snow and made his first skis. A few generations later, a younger Henri Nidecker was similarly quick of the mark with snowboards, making his first ones in 1984. Nidecker was big in the early nineties, but then kind of went off the boil a bit. It wasn’t until recently, when another, even younger Henri Nidecker took over that the company regained its snowboarding mojo.
- Ridden by: The Skoda of snowboard brands, Nidecker used to be a brand for nice, competent, but ever-so-slightly dull Swiss types. These days though, with its Pammy Anderson and Antti Autti lines, anything goes.