Nidecker Liberty 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £510 / €550 / $470
  • Category: Freeride/Powder
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 150W, 155W, 160W
  • Flex: 7/10
  • Shape: Directional
  • Profile: Surfy CamRock
  • Base: Sintered

Stick the kettle on. Make yourself a brew. Set your phone to silent, and ignore your boss breathing down your neck for that long-overdue report for just five minutes more. Please, join us in just gazing at the Nidecker Liberty – this thing of absolute nostalgic beauty, this absolute retro ripper – for just a while.

A legacy in snowsports that now spans five decades not only earns Swiss giants Nidecker a rightful amount of respect, but means they’ve got some seriously important and near pornographic archives to dip into and drool over, too.

“The Liberty has to the be coolest, most chilled-out freeride board… to ever to leave Nidecker’s Swiss factory”

And that’s precisely what they’ve done for their 2020/2021 offerings, pumping life back into some of their most iconic 80s and 90s models for a re-up of their Classics Series. Of the four blasts from the past that make up the collection, the Liberty has to the be coolest, most chilled-out freeride board of the capsule, and quite possibly to ever to leave Nidecker’s Swiss factory.

Cementing its place in the history books with its graphic glowing forth from one of first boards to ever bomb Chamonix’s Mont Blanc, the re-edition of this 1987 fishtail fluro-hero uses the same shape as Nidecker’s original Mellow board. It combines a classic outline with high-tech materials and a vibration-dampening Absorbnid topsheet for a super smooth but responsive ride, with a healthy dose of pop to boot.

The Liberty takes things back to a time when snowboarding was about nothing more than laid-back, surf-style, snakey pow turns, and lets that feeling loose on groomers, slush, tree runs, and whatever else you want to throw at it, too. Whether you’re a seasoned rider looking to revisit the art of slashing waves in the pow, or a younger rider simply looking to inject some old-skool fun into your quiver, set your sights on this absolute beauty.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

“The Nidecker Liberty contains within its sidewalls a lovely little combo of features that made it an ideal deck for my first turns of the winter. The tech is less loud than the graphic talking point, but does its job to a T. Perfectly executed directional camber with plenty of drive and power, and a flex that helps you flow around the mountain or wheelie out of trouble after those moments of first day hubris.

“Surfy, speedy and of course topped off with that classic day-glow graphic, freedom never felt so good”

Even for those who aren’t quite long enough in the tooth to remember the first incarnation of the Liberty, this thing feels like an old friend from the get go. Within no time you’ll find yourself embracing the nostaglia, picking lines together and weaving through trees and traffic alike.

Surfy, speedy and of course topped off with that classic day-glow graphic, freedom never felt so good.”

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