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Nidecker Merc 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 149, 152, 156, 156W 159, 159W, 162W, 165W
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £319 / €349

New for 2018/19, the Nidecker Merc snowboard packs a lot of the brand’s proven Swiss design into a very affordable option. Look again at that price; if you’re looking for your first snowboard, this should definitely be on your list.

The large rocker sections at each end of the Nidecker Merc make it very favourable for those first turns, as there’s less chance of a hang-up. Granted, you could say the same about a pure rocker or flat-based board, but with the Merc’s ‘CamRock’ you get more edge grip and ollie power. When you’re ready for more aggressive riding or freestyle, you’ve got everything you need.

“While it’s predominantly aimed at the beginner to intermediate end of the market, our experienced tester had only good things to say about its performance”

The biax fibreglass makes it easy to manipulate as you start to get the hang of smooth turns. Then when you want to speed up, the base (despite being Nidecker’s least technical) is pretty rapid. It also has the same vibration-cancelling topsheet as the much higher-spec Nidecker Concept.

While it’s predominantly aimed at the beginner to intermediate end of the market, our experienced tester had only good things to say about its performance after putting it through the ringer. That, combined with its all-mountain design, mark this out as a great option for an affordable ‘resort’ board to add to a quiver.

For one of the best value snowboards out there, all levels of rider should check out the Nidecker Merc.

Tester’s Verdict

Dave Crozierrealsnowboarding.co.uk

“Possibly the lightest board I’ve ever ridden, and it shows in its ability to spin, jump, turn and press. This board is fun and full of options for progression.

It can be used anywhere by any snowboarder, but its downfall can be if you buy it in the wrong size. It’s quite a flexible board therefore be sure to buy it in your correct weight category otherwise it might feel a little soft under the feet. This isn’t a bad thing, but you definitely want a snowboard to hold under your boot when you pick up speed.

“Possibly the lightest board I’ve ever ridden”

Where I found this board to excel was in the powder, deep into the tree-lines. It was so light that holding its strength through deep snow and detonating clouds of fresh before setting course back through a 2ft gap inbetween trees was astounding to me.

It’s a board I will forever have in my quiver.”

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