Construction and Materials
The Elle is built around a full poplar core, with beech stringers to add strength. This is wrapped in a biax weave fibreglass topsheet that helps to ensure the overall flex is soft – riders of all standards will have no trouble loading ollies and nose presses (OK, maybe ollies to start with, but we can all dream, right?). An Absorbnid layer uses the same tech found on Nidecker’s high-end models to keep vibrations to a minimum.
The base is extruded, which means it’s not going to be lightning fast but then, if this is your first board, squeezing every last drop out of speed out of a slope is probably not your priority. Instead, it’s a tough surface that doesn’t need to be waxed very often to maintain consistent performance.
“An Absorbnid layer uses the same tech found on Nidecker’s high-end models to keep vibrations to a minimum”
Nidecker have been making snowboards since before most of us were born. They really know their onions. Although the Elle doesn’t have as many premium materials as their more expensive models, they’ve applied the same care to its construction (including a beautiful translucent topsheet graphic) and ensured that, performance wise, this board will get you progressing as quickly as possible. You’re in safe hands here.