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Nidecker Tracer 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 153, 157, 161W
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Asymmetric Directional Twin
  • Price: £425 / €450
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An asymmetrical assassin, the Tracer is a snowboard that holds the crown within Nidecker’s collection of carving crusaders. The Tracer is a machine, ideal for practicing the fine art of the turn and mastering it. It is the perfect toy for the boys who like to ollie high and carve low.

If you’re familiar with the Slice ‘n’  Dice series (number four and five particular), you’ll have seen the Nidecker Tracer laying down some glorious knife sharp turns already. If you’re not familiar with them, do yourself a favour and have a peak at what this camber profiled carving king can accomplish.

“It is the perfect toy for the boys who like to ollie high and carve low”

The Tracer is a carving board through and through. The asymmetrical shape has a tighter and shorter sidecut radius on the heel side of the board, and a stance specifically designed for carving. This makes it easier to hold an edge, and make quick turns. You’ll need to embrace the qualities this board has got to offer because riding switch on this thing won’t be anywhere near as fun or pleasant.

Despite its ideal shape for laying deep tracks, this board can by no means be labelled as a one trick pony. Its soft flex allows you to have fun on the slopes, and boosting side hits will be satisfying as hell. Add the light and strong Kevlar constructed core, and you’ve got yourself a board that can take pretty much anything thrown its way. In addition to its technical brilliance, it’s pink and looks like it belongs in art galleries.

If you crave the carve, the Nidecker Tracer is a great companion for you. The Tracer is crafted to master the art of the turn, but will definitely deliver to a very high standard within other aspects of snowboarding too.

Tester’s Verdict

Dave CrozierREAL Snowboarding

“The Tracer Series is hands down the best looking snowboard on the mountain. It turns everyones head on the mountain and rides like a dream. The asymmetrical shape makes it hold on for each turn heel side turn, maintaining that ever important edge.

“The asymmetrical shape makes it hold on for each heel side turn, maintaining that ever important edge”

I’ve recently used this board to film the freestyle carving series Slice ‘n’ Dice. If you’ve seen this edit you will see the evidence of this snowboard’s diversity in all different terrain and conditions. Nidecker also put in a technology named Absorbnid that absorbs and disperses unwanted vibrations through the board making it a smooth but aggressive ride.

Obviously this board excels in the powder and fresh piste but to be completely honest I use it everywhere which makes it the perfect all-mountain board for me.

Here’s me using the Tracer beyond its specifications…

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Dave Crozierrealsnowboarding.co.uk

“What can I say about this board? It not only looks amazing, but is a true pleasure to ride.

Pink is the future right? With the strike of power across the board I felt like a reincarnation of David Bowie mixed with the determination of the main fighting guy from Ong-Bak who just wont be knocked down, like ever.

“The flexibility, sidecut and profile of this board is so perfect”

I now use this board every day; it’s not for riding park, but the flexibility, sidecut and profile of this board so perfect that I can not only carve the best I’ve ever done in my life, but I can use it in all conditions on the mountain.

For me the Nidecker Tracer represents the closest thing i’ve had to a surfboard, but on snow. It has helped me innovate new lines and movements on the piste. I can use this board with a dusting of fresh snow or when I want to charge firm pistes, knowing that I always have the correct board under my feet.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Hamish Duncanpennyblack.co

“Millenials: do you lack a good work ethic? The Nidecker Tracer Series has an asymmetrically shaped solution for you.

“You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how forgiving it can be”

With its Starsky and Hutch-style top sheet, the bright pink has you covered for all your seasonal LGBTQ eventualities. It’s fast from edge to edge, and carries you comfortably across tracked powder fields, steeps and shallows.

This isn’t as stiff as regular Nideckers, so you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how forgiving it can be. It’s worth putting the effort in with this board!”

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