Nidecker Area 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

At first glance this looks a lot like the Nidecker Concept, and it’s definitely a close relative. If the Concept is a boss-level carver, the Nidecker Area snowboard is more of a gateway deck.

Despite the slightly softer flex and a simpler build, it would still suit someone who likes to charge. The sintered base, while not as quick as that of its carbon-enhanced brother, is still pretty rapid, and the camber profile has the same long contact points for smooth, predictable edge changes.

“Plenty of carving performance in a more user-friendly package”

The sidecut radius is a bit less tight, making the Nidecker Area easier to tame, and the fibreglass is a more malleable too. Essentially you get plenty of carving performance in a more user-friendly package. The aesthetics fit this direction down to the ground, too, thanks to a collaboration with Swiss photographer David Carlier.

When you do want to step things up and push the limits of the Area, it won’t crap out on you. The shock-absorbing topsheet helps you stay in control even when you’re blasting, and the four-wood core is solid and lightweight.

Naturally all those tech changes have brought the price down significantly, making the Nidecker Area a very attractive proposition for anyone looking to get more into carving. Unlike the Concept, there’s also a 148 version for smaller riders.

Tester’s Verdict


I love this board. With its shape and flex, it is probably one of my all time favourite boards to just put your trust in and turn on the gas. Super fun, lively, carves real good, pops, whacks, is great in a straight line, and the big nose mellows out a lot of bumps. And she floats too!

“The big nose mellows out a lot of bumps”

I set my boards up a little weird. I don’t like big directionals and having a small tail…I set them up forwards with my stance so there’s only a small set back…. this makes the Area super fun, like riding a fish surfboard – tuckknee all day!

I even rode it for rail sessions, and switch was easy too.”


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