Nidecker Platinum 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

The guys at Nidecker certainly know how to get a crazy shape working, but they’re not above putting together some quality all-mountain boards too. Case in point; the Nidecker Platinum snowboard.

Despite the name, this isn’t a mega-pricey, ultra-high-tech weapon. The Nidecker Platinum is aimed more at the mid-price, mid-range customer who wants something that can deal with all conditions.

“The Nidecker Platinum is a fairly stiff-flexing number that is rapid from edge to edge”

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Not that any corners have been cut; a hell of a lot of clever features are on show here. The core features no less than four species of wood to get the right balance of strength and weight, and carbon has been added to the sintered base for extra speed.

The topsheet has been designed to dampen the ride without making it feel lifeless or soggy. That’s just as well, as the Nidecker Platinum is a fairly stiff-flexing number that, thanks to the ‘Triax Plus’ fibreglass, is rapid from edge to edge.

The setback stance, camber profile and mildly directional shape add stability at high speeds, but switch riding isn’t out of the question. You won’t see dedicated park rats on one of these, but confident riders who like to hunt for features all over the mountain should find what they’re looking for in the Nidecker Platinum.

Tester’s Verdict


The Platinum was a pleasure to ride; it’s the younger brother to the Rave. A really nice ride with a reliable feel, it ripped. It did anything I wanted, and everything I needed. The feel was so predictable that you could get all lazy boy and flow through every zone.

“It just bends around bumps and keeps you locked”

But it was still exciting and a fun way to get around the mountain. THe Platinum is stiff enough to get some whip through turns and hold enough to get your hands down, but it just bends around bumps and keeps you locked.

An all-round shredder on which I’d happily rip through a whole season.”

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