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Nidecker Rave 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 153, 156, 159, 162W
  • Flex: 8
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £475 / €500
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This ripper has only been around for a couple of seasons but has already become a favourite for many. The Nidecker Rave is an aggressive board, with a lot of advanced tech going into creating this masterpiece. It’s like the Mona Lisa with a hint of Banksy, a traditional piece with an edge (or two).

The Nidecker Rave is an all-rounder that’s made to handle any terrain in any kind of conditions. The camber profile offers a super long effective edge and translates to dynamic energy on piste. The 30mm set back makes this beast a good option for powder days, keeping your weight over the tail of the board so you can keep the nose plaining through the deeper snow.

“Doing what Nidecker does best, they’ve created a unique technology that simultaneously reduces weight while increasing strength, durability and pop”

Constructed using the lightest core Nidecker has to offer, this thing’s a light, poppy and super responsive vehicle. Add the hardwood beech stringers that run along the edges and protect the core from edge impacts, and you’ve got yourself an even more durable board.

Not only has Nidecker reduced the core of this beaut, but they’ve also made the nose and tail lighter by reducing both the wood and fiberglass at both ends of the stick. Not to worry though, the reduction of materials doesn’t make the ends any less durable. Doing what Nidecker does best, they’ve created a unique technology that simultaneously reduces weight while increasing strength, durability and pop. And they say you can’t have it all…

The Nidecker Rave is a stiff and stable board, one that adrenaline junkies will love charging down the groomers on. However, if you prefer something slightly less aggressive and more jib friendly, have a look at the Nidecker Sensor – it might be more to your liking.

Tester’s Verdict

James Blogg Ultimate Snowsports

“This board was one of my favourites during the testing this year. It absolutely rips!

It’s quite a stiff board, and really came into its own charging down the piste where the edge hold and quality base really shined. Having said that, it didn’t feel like it was trying to take you out at lower speeds like a lot of stiffer boards can, and I was surprised at how responsive it continued to be – edge changes were rapid and grippy, with the camber profile underfoot working well, which really inspired confidence all the way through the turns. As for switch riding, the setback is only quite mellow so it felt pretty good.

“If only I’d had the chance to hit a big pow field I think this thing would have slayed it”

When I managed to get some turns in some of the soft stuff off the sides, I could feel the board wanting to float and keep itself on top with the rocker profile on the nose and tail doing its job here – if only I’d had the chance to hit a big pow field I think this thing would have slayed it.

I did throw it around a bit with some rotations and presses… as to be expected, it’s not the easiest board to press but spinning felt pretty good, with the board feeling nice and light in the air and stable on the landings.

If you’re looking for a fairly aggressive but adaptable freeride / piste board that’s just a lot of fun to ride I’d highly recommend this.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Lewis Sonvicogetsuperrad.com

“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!”

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