The Nidecker Addict has Nideckers response to the Reverse Camber trend. Just like all things Swiss it is well thought out and very well made. It is very simple but very genious at the same time. They still have camber in the board but the tips and tails are just bowed up a litte more after the bindings. You loose a little effective edge but you get a whole lot more back. The best quality is that this board doesn’t have the squirly feel that soo many reverse cambered boards do. It also has good edge hold. You can flat base this board and it will stay on track like a cambered board. It’s also very stable at higher speeds.
Bindings Used- Union Force
Days on this- 4
Board Tried- 157
It’s hard enough to buy one let alone find one to ride in the US but this is a really fun board. Nidecker is a Swiss company that has been around almost as long as burton and ownes it in Europe. They make boards, boots and bindings with the same precision as everything they do in Switzerland. Nidecker really doesn’t make a bad board. For some reason they just haven’t caught on here in the US. The Addict has won a good wood award a few years back so we knew it had a good rep. If you want the loose catch free feeling that most rockered boards have this doesn’t have that feeling. Nidecker has been using Camrock which is a mostly rocker hybrid camber. Here is a diagram from their site.
On Snow Feel: Nice and stable between the feet and it doesn’t have that squirley thing going on like many boards with rocker between the feet do. It’s easy to one foot and flat base. The rocker after the bindings makes it catch free as well. Its a very versatile all mountain freestyle kind of ride that will allow you to carve, butter and press all over the mountain.
Powder: I was lucky enough to have a bit over a foot of new snow a on one day and about 2 feet on another day. This was lite fluffy easy to ride in Utah Powder and I never un-centered the stance or had to lean back. Still the Addict rides bigger than its size in powder and the extra rocker in the nose probably helps it do that. If it’s deep thick sierra powder it will take less work than a camber or mostly camber board but it’s not going to be as easy than a board that’s set back.
Turn Initiation and Carving– The Addict did not hold a turn as well as boards with more camber but turned about the same as a cambered park board which was pretty surprising. It’s not super easy but when ever you need to be somewhere you can get there. We liked the easy but not too easy turn initiation. Laying into a carve is close to camber which is pretty good.
Speed: It has a fast base and held its speed very well without much chatter. It’s no race board but for a Twin with a centered stance it’s pretty fast.
Uneven Terrain: The Addict handles bumpy terrain rather well at the end of the day bumpy snow.
Approximately Weight- Nothing incredibly light but not terribly heavy either.
Edge Hold: The edge hold wasn’t bad when it comes to most conditions when you want to ride. With the addition of Ultimate Grip which is a new side cut brought in for 2012 and continued on for 2013 the grip is a little better and closer now to the excellent side of good but it’s still in the good category.
Flex: It’s pretty much medium. It’s playful enough to butter but not so soft that it’s going to be tough if you pick up some speed.
Switch: Didn’t notice a difference either way.
Jibbing– You can slide around in the jib park and do it pretty well. This is pretty playful and fun when it’s time to slow down and hit medium sized jibs and semi technical rails.
Pipe: The Addict isn’t bad in the pipe and with the extra edge hold it’s even more fun. It climbs the icy pipe wall well and it’s pretty forgiving at re-entry.
Jumps: Not bad hitting jumps and one of the more popy hybrid camber boards we have ridden. It’s not bad to get your own air on an ollie. This is one of the finer points of this board and if you like the jump park you will be pretty happy with the Addict.
All we could think about as we were on the hill with this is why isn’t this board in more shops around the US??!!