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Nidecker The Gun 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

This is no Swiss army knife; the Nidecker Gun snowboard is built with only one thing in mind – speed. As well as being huge, it’s got a long sidecut radius, so when you set an edge you will be off to a flier.

Be careful where you point the nose, as it’ll go through just about everything. The rocker up front helps it to forge a path through powder, and the camber section – along with the hard-wearing edges – help it to grip on hard pack.

“Be careful where you point the nose, as it’ll go through just about everything”

You can’t expect a board this size to be all that light, but relatively speaking the poplear-and-bamboo core keeps it feeling nimbler than you’d expect. On the top is an ash veneer topsheet, which not only looks great but deals with unwanted vibrations too.

A combination of biax and triax fibreglass dial back the torsional stiffness a little, which is just as well. While too much flexibility on that front would be a disaster, having some play through the waist makes the Nidecker Gun a bit easier to manage.

As a specialist model, we don’t expect to see hundreds of these on the pistes this winter. However, if you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of versatility, get The Gun under your feet and prepare to feel the G’s like never before.

Tester’s Verdict

Lewis Sonvicogetsuperrad.com

“This board is a beast – it’s so awesome.

I think my favourite part of it is the tail; it’s stiff, but it needs to be, as this shape is built for going straight and fast! On piste, fresh groomers were just screaming at me, and even the chewed up crud just got out the way. When I found some softer snow, it was insane. Even in that stuff she just goes, and you don’t even realise.

“This board is very special, and with that topsheet it is a thing of beauty”

You’ve got to plan ahead with this board. I rode the 171, and that nose is crazy. Don’t try and go through too many tight trannies, as she’s good at getting caught up. I took her in the trees and they got a little too tight for her….

This board is very special, and with that topsheet it is a thing of beauty. If you what to chase rhinos down the hill, get it.”

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