- Sizes: 152, 156, 159W, 162W, 162XW, 165W, 169XW
- Flex: 5
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £359 / €399
The Nidecker Escape snowboard has had a fairly substantial overhaul for 2018/19, but despite the changes it remains an indeal all-mountain option for the intermediate rider. It may share some DNA with the brand’s precision carving weapons, but this is definitely a more easy-going option.
It’s a return to the wooden look of past years, but that top layer isn’t just for show. Made of ash wood, it helps the Nidecker Escape to absorb harsh vibrations on the mountain. It may not be as lightweight as the alternatives, but for if you value dampening above all else then you’ll love what this adds to the ride.
“At this price point you’ll struggle to find a board that’s quicker right out of the gates”
The profile is now full camber rather than rocker-camber-rocker mix, so it’s slightly more cut out for serious charging. At the same time the end-to-end stiffness is nothing like what you’d find at the top end of the Nidecker range, so it’s no unforgiving beast. The biax fibreglass is also fairly malleable, so you don’t need to be a master of turns to make this work for you.
Despite the relatively low price of the Nidecker Escape, it features a slick sintered base that’s even got some carbon enhancement. At this price point you’ll struggle to find a board that’s quicker right out of the gates.
The Nidecker Escape would be a great option for a resort-friendly quiver board, but we’d also point any beginners at this one. It’s forgiving enough to get the basics dialled, but you won’t outgrow it in a hurry.