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Nidecker Merc 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £325 / €350 / $370
  • Category: All-Mountain
  • Ability Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Size: 149M, 152L, 152M, 156L, 156W, 159L, 159W, 162W, 165W
  • Flex: 6/10
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Profile: CamRock

It’s only been around for three seasons now, but Nidecker’s Merc has already become a board that the beginner buyer shouldn’t look past, especially if they’re in the market to rise through the ranks and get their teeth into some big piste, and even powder action, before their season is through. Even more so, when you pull out your microscope and look a little closer at the price tag.

Coming in at a frankly ridiculously decent £325, Nidecker make a real strong argument for this being the best-value all-mountain option for the straight-out-of-snow-school stick seeker. The Swiss legends haven’t held back with the construction of this board, using their Premium Sandwich approach to stuff it full of advanced materials, like carbon, to go big on durability and knee-friendly shock absorption.

“Nidecker make a real strong argument for this being the best-value all-mountain option for the straight-out-of-snow-school stick seeker”

The price isn’t the only small feature that delivers big, though – the almost negligible 1cm difference between the nose and the tail comes through with a great level of drive but, importantly for the newbie with their sights on ticking off a few entry-level freestyle tricks, makes riding switch a real breeze, too.

When it comes to feel, most notable is just how lightweight this thing is – a stand-out feature that’s helped massively by the use of Nidecker’s extra durable but weight-stripping Master Core combination of wood densities in its construction. The mellow flex and profile will cover up a multitude of sins and mishaps, helping even the most accident-prone beginner reduce the amount of post-bail snow they’ll be picking out of their neckline.

That’s not to say it’s going to totally mother and smother you on your way down your line – there’s enough response in here to really open up through the turns, and help that hungry-for-it beginner take steps towards the Nirvana-like feeling of the perfect carve or powder slash.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“The Merc is a really solid choice for any aspiring beginner and intermediate snowboarders. Mellow enough in the flex and profile to get away with murder, but responsive and damp enough to give it the beans when you’re starting to get the hang of things.

“Whatever Nidecker say about the setback or subtle directional shape, don’t worry about it, it rides as true twinned as anything I’ve been on”

I taught for several days on this one and ended up guiding a client who rode regular (I’m goofy), so spent the majority of my time on it riding switch. Whatever Nidecker say about the setback or subtle directional shape, don’t worry about it, it rides as true twinned as anything I’ve been on.

Obviously the base isn’t crazy rapid. Then again, is that something a beginner or a beginner’s budget really wants? Probably not. It’s a great price for a great all rounder. Maybe just make sure you’ve got plenty stickers to jazz it up a little, eh?”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

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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