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Nidecker Tracer 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £420 / €450 / $470
  • Category: Freeride/Powder (Carving)
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 153GL, 153RL, 157GL, 157RL, 161GW, 161RW
  • Flex: 8/10
  • Shape: Asym Directional
  • Profile: Camber
  • Base: Sintered

At even the quickest of glances, you’re going to notice that in 2021 the overriding theme of Nidecker’s offerings is… wonk. Off-centre asymmetry is rife right across their range, lop-siding their boot technologies for a fit more befitting the curves of the human leg, and sending their bindings askew for a more optimal transfer of energy. So we’re not exactly dropping our jaws to the floor at the sight of them laying down some big asym designs in their boards, too. And no more in-your-face than with this, the Nidecker Tracer.

Alright, so asymmetrical sticks aren’t a brand-new concept, but you can’t deny that when Nidecker dropped the Tracer back in 2018/2019, the eye-catching firecracker was a real bold brand talking point to say the least. And with a big hot pink splash of colour on the deck, they weren’t holding back.

“Nidecker claims its rocket-powered weapon to be ‘the most unique high-precision carving machine on the market’”

But whist the colourway for 2021 is a touch more stealthy, Nidecker is still puffing out its chest and proclaiming its rocket-powered weapon to be ‘the most unique high-precision carving machine on the market’. The tighter radius on the heelside sidecut counters any biomechanical inefficiencies to ensure that the board rails its line as well on this edge as it does on the toeside.

Because you don’t want to be hitting Mach 10 on a rail with anything less than the most trustworthy build under your boots, Nidecker have used their Premium Sandwich construction for the Tracer, pumping hard-as-nails modern materials like action hero-strength Kevlar into this puppy to turn the dials up on the power and reactivity.

They’ve also spiked it with a carbon stringer, to give the board an extra hit of pop, and used their highly specific Master Core technologies to achieve a peak weight-performance-power ratio through a stringent wood selection process. Oh, there’s no doubt this thing is absolutely bonkers on every single conceivable front. But then again, in the words of the world’s ultimate crazed lunatic, we all go a little mad sometimes…

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

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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