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Nidecker Escape 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 152, 156, 159, 159W, 162W, 162XW, 165W, 169XW
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £375 / €400
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Nidecker knows a thing or two when it comes to making high tech carving boards, and the Escape a prime example of their abilities. That said, this board is slightly softer and more comfortable to ride compared to most other Nidecker’s- making it a great choice for the less aggressive riders.

With a classic camber profile, you can be sure this board will keep you firmly gripped on the snow no matter the conditions. The Nidecker Escape is a responsive board, with plenty of pop and stability to help you on your conquest to carve. The fast sintered base makes this stick even more fun, so you can be sure to glide your way through any kind of snow conditions.

“The Nidecker Escape is a responsive board, with plenty of pop and stability to help you on your conquest to carve”

The wood veneer top layer is made out of ash and adds response to the ride. It also makes for a more shock absorbent ride, soaking up some of the chatter as you’re shredding. With carbon and Kevlar added to the base this thing won’t break easy, so don’t be afraid to charge.

With a flexy-ish biax fiberglass this isn’t the hardest board to master either, so getting those turns in won’t require too much effort – ideal for the less experienced riders who want to conquer the slopes. The more forgiving flex makes it perfect for gaining confidence and working on progressing your skills.

This is a freeride friendly all-mountain board and you can easily rip around the whole mountain on this stick from sunrise to sunset. Considering the low price and all the tech that’s gone into producing this board, it’s also great value for money.

Tester’s Verdict

James Blogg Ultimate Snowsports

“I got to ride this board in some quite variable conditions and it was a lot of fun. It’s got a nice medium flex that was more forgiving but didn’t feel lifeless either. Turns felt controlled and easy, with the nose and tail rocker helping with the float and you could feel it gripping well between your feet.

“It is a directional, but it’s not set back too much at all, so popping in and out of switch with it felt surprisingly good”

It is a directional, but it’s not set back too much at all, so popping in and out of switch with it felt surprisingly good.

It’s a board than leans more towards piste cruising and freeride, but because it’s not super stiff it was actually pretty good on the side hits and some basic presses felt OK on it too.

With the Escape, Nidecker are aiming for intermediates who want a board to cruise around the whole mountain but that will also perform when you want it to. I think it’s a great pick for those who are looking for something that will handle most riding conditions well without being too much like hard work to ride.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Dan Wilsonsnowfit.co.uk

“Nidecker has been crafting boards for a number of years for some big names and it’s good to see the passion is still there. I was really drawn to the traditional wood finish, and how smooth the Escape looked in a line up of so many wild and wonderful offerings currently out there.

“It held up well on groomers and through the trees, and wasn’t fazed by end- of-day slush pockets”

Relative to Nidecker’s more advanced boards, the Escape is a softer option that leads to a more forgiving and comfortable ride. I found it super easy-going, giving you a sense of confidence when cruising down the mountain. It held up well on groomers and through the trees, and wasn’t fazed by end- of-day slush pockets.

The Escape is a directional all mountain board ideal for a pleasurable day on the hill, and a solid option for any quiver.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

John Wellswhitelines.com

“Nidecker came out swinging in the 2017/18 season with the most impressive collection of carving boards the snowboard world has ever seen. With modern legends like the Concept and the Gun – exquisite shapes packed with revolutionary technology – it is clear Nidecker are clearly not willing to step down as kings of carve.

With such a line-up of fancy boards with fancy price tags, it’s easy to overlook Nidecker’s impressive entry-level and mid-range collection, the latter of which is epitomised by the Escape; a true all-mountain board that is brimming with amazing tech features, all at a flabbergasting low price.

“I was truly surprised by the board’s stability and reliability during aggressive carves at high speed”

The expertly-crafted hybrid camber profile holds an edge like you’d expect from a Nidecker, offers forgiving stability at the same time. This coupled with a middle-of-the-road stiffness makes this a serious consideration for anyone wanting all the mountain can offer.

I was truly surprised by the board’s stability and reliability during aggressive carves at high speed – something you’d usually expect to only find in stiffer, true camber boards. The ‘reliable’ theme followed me throughout floaty power runs and park kickers, all the way through to choppy stuff.

Reliability means trust, which in turn, leads to confidence and progression. This is why this board should be a major consideration for both intermediate and advanced riders alike. What it lacks in uniqueness and quirks it makes up for via sheer versatility and performance across the board. The price tag is outstanding too – great value for money!’

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