2014 Nidecker Advanced Update: This is a board that I haven’t ridden for a few years now and despite a few minor tweaks and sizing changes it still seems like a good all mountain freestyle twin. It seems that they don’t have the Asymmetrical side cut any more or the Ultimate Grip in the side cut so it’s not quite like the Yes Greats (now called the Asym) any more. I’d like to ride this again but Nidecker doesn’t send this board to the US any more.
If you like the YES Greats Board line then know that the Nidecker Advanced is probably where the idea came from as it’s pretty much the same ride. Nidecker makes YES snowboards so this is why both boards have hybrid camber, asymmetrical sidecuts, same sizes and ultimate grip. Nidecker also makes an Advanced with what they call the “Swiss Core” for $479.
Conditions: Hard to well groomed soft snow
Boots: Burton Ion
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Set Up- Centered approx 23″ wide 15 front -15 back.
So for 2013 Nidecker makes 2 Advanced Models. The first is the same old Advanced as you have always seen which is like a lower cost less sexy version of the Yes Greats model. New for 2013 is the Nidecker Advanced SC which utilizes their new “Swiss Core” Tech. The board’s edges bend down or up depending on how you flex it. So if you are leaning into a carve the boards edges flex down into the snow to give you better grip. If you flexing the board on a butter the edges turn up to make it less catchy on the turn. Now that the 2013 Yes Greats changed it’s design to be a more aggressive ride the Advanced stands alone now as a good all mountain freestyle board.
On Snow Feel: We were expecting this park board to be less fun riding the morning corduroy but it wasn’t. Even if the conditions were hard the Advanced still did a great job. It’s not as much fun as a directional ride but it does a great job for a twin. If you want a twin that can butter but is also solid groomer board then this is one of the the best choices.
Powder: You can’t really expect much from a twin snowboard with a centered stance but this hybrid camber shape is more like a rocker board when it comes to powder. It floats well in most moderate powder situations but when it gets deeper it gets more challenging. If you like a centered stance and ride switch a lot in powder this is near the top for floaty twins.
Turn Initiation and Carving– This is easy to get edge to edge. You could make tight or wide turns very easy and both were a easy to do so with. The mini camber between the feet makes you feel like you are riding a smaller board and smaller boards are easier to turn. The only place this is a problem is when you are laying into a carve. You have to remember that you are carving between your feet and not between the tip/tail. It’s hard to describe but the It takes a little getting used to. The Asymmetrical shape is not very noticeable to us but when you ride switch it feels easy. Maybe that is what it’s supposed to do though and the asymmetrical shape makes sense. If you ride duck then you will like the asymmetrical side cut that makes it easy for turning heel or on toe.
Speed: These Nidecker boards are pretty fast for their riding style. We are pretty impressed with the ability to straight line. It’s no freeride board but it does very very well for a freestyle twin.
Uneven Terrain: This works very well in crappy uneven snow and it helps you easily go over or around bumpy shitty snow.
Approximate Weight– It’s pretty light on the foot.
Edge Hold: The the chain saw like shaped edge between the feet makes for excellent edge hold. It will climb a pipe wall or get you through an icy patch without much of a problem.
Flex: The flex is on the soft side of medium but it’s still playful. The mostly rocker hybrid camber shape makes the Advanced very easy to butter or press for it’s shape. Its the kind of board that takes very little effort to flex length wise but still holds up pretty well when you pick up speed.
Switch: Super easy to ride switch and it should be with the twin shape and asymmetrical side cut. Like we said before the asymmetrical side cut seems to make this board easier to ride switch than a regular twin or that could just be in our head.
Jibbing– The Advanced isn’t a dedicated jib board but it’s pretty fun for those that consider the jib par 3rd behind pipe and jumps.
Pipe: The Advanced has enough edge hold to ride the pipe and also a lot of forgiveness to allow for a sketchy re-entry. If you like a softer board for the pipe this will be really fun.
Jumps: The Advanced has an average amount of spring when it comes to making a board ollie over something on the mountain. Our only complaint with the Advanced would be to add a little more spring. Still it was a lot of fun lapping the roller coaster line and has a smooth forgiving ride.