Nidecker Rave 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2019/2020 Nidecker Rave here

The Nidecker Rave snowboard is that rarest of things; a gear nerd’s dream that also satisfies those who go with their gut. Every single building block used in its construction is as premium as it gets, but the end result is all heart-fluttering, skin-tingling passion.

Despite only making its debut last year, the Nidecker Rave snowboard has already received a tweak for 2018/19. The squareish nose has been replaced with a pointier version that closer resembles the tail. The change makes sense, considering how many weight-saving measures have been deployed here.

“The Rave is an all-mountain snowboard, but we’ll bet the farm that you’ll get the most out of it on a fresh groomer”

We’ll start with the core, which features a combination of three different woods – a paulownia and poplar combo with tough beech along the edges. It’s a fantastic combination of durability and light weight, and things only get better as you move out towards the nose and tail.

The materials used at each end of the board differ from those in the middle. They’re lighter and stronger, and therefore less of them is required for the same result. The overall weight of the board is lowered, but the swing weight in particular. It’s something you’ll appreciate with every turn.

And turn this you should; the Nidecker Rave is an all-mountain snowboard, but we’ll bet the farm that you’ll get the most out of it on a fresh groomer. It’s got a classic camber profile, a slight setback, and responsive triax fibreglass. Setting an edge and letting her rip should be your first port of call on this, but the park and the powder can follow too.

“The end result is all heart-fluttering, skin-tingling passion”

Topping off the Rave is a vibration-cancelling topsheet that makes it easier to hold your line at eye-watering speed. It’s easier on your feet, too, so you can charge for longer each day. Underneath, you’ve got a carbon-infused sintered base that will absolutely fly down the mountain, provided you’ve waxed.

Naturally all that clever-clever construction doesn’t come cheap, but the Nidecker Rave is still pretty reasonable, considering its quiver-killer chops. It’s best avoided if you don’t get on with stiff boards, but more aggressive riders will adore it.

Tester’s Verdict


“This is a badass weapon! She rides awesome, and I wouldn’t change a thing!

The board has got quite a long sidecut which helps keep it super stable on an edge when you’re hauling down the mountain – and she likes to haul. She’s pretty stiff too, so this board can take you anywhere and smash its way through anything; piste, chewed-up sunset homeruns, and the deepest of the deep days.

I really loved it on the jumps, no matter what the landing was like – it’s like she just wants to ride away. The longer sidecut helps on takeoff too, making it feel floaty and effortless.

“The long sidecut helps keep it super stable on an edge when you’re hauling down the mountain”

It’s got a slightly setback stance and directional shape, so when you’re riding switch you barely notice the difference, but it’s best to profit from its natural stance when it’s really good out and you want to draw some lines and leave your mark.

At slower speeds it’s still really fun, being light and with a snappy feel, but you do have to be commited and make the board bend. But on an edge and it a straight lines, it just goes!”

Trade Secrets

Thierry Kunz – Chief Marketing Officer, Nidecker

“At Nidecker we have one true obsession: to find the perfect board that can do it all. With that in mind, we would like to introduce the new Rave, the ultimate all-mountain freeride board.

It’s up to any task, no matter what you ask it to do. Shred some backcountry powder, carve down the slopes, slalom through moguls, and even bust a few airs when duty calls.

For me, riding one board that can do everything is a must, especially when you travel and don’t know what kind of conditions and terrain you will get. With the Rave, you know that you will have a great time, no matter what.”


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