The Nitro Mystique has a rocker and side cut design very very similar to Never Summer. That makes this ride pretty good. We feel that never summer has a more sturdy long lasting board but this isn’t a bad choice. We feel this is right in between the Never Summer Pandora and the Never Summer Infinity. It’s flex is slightly softer than the Infinity and the shape is closer to the Pandora. It’s not a bad choice if you are looking for a do anything freestyle all over the mountain type of ride.
Groomers– Pretty good but nothing that made us say this is a great groomer board. It was fun for cruising the mountain at moderate speeds and taking a bit of a loose all mountain freestyle approach to riding.
Powder: It provided a rather versatile powder ride that can accommodate a directional or centered stance ride in powder. We felt it was better for those who like to ride more with a centered stance that like to ride switch. It felt borderline great but the directional float was lacking compared to other boards we tried. Still its pretty easy to turn in the trees, good in tight chutes and fun on wide open slopes at moderate speeds.
Turn Initiation and Carving: It’s borderline moderate and takes a little more work edge to edge than many hybrid rocker boards we tried. Wide turns are fine but it’s missing a little something on a carve we couldn’t put our finger on. There wasn’t a spring out of the turn like some hybrid shapes can offer similar to the feel of camber.
Speed: We felt a little chatter and this is mainly a moderate speed board not made for bombing the hill. It can handle anything in the park and it’s terrible when on the mountain at high speeds.
Weight– Feels sturdy but border line heavy just like Never Summer and Mervin Boards.
Edge Hold: The Edge holds well and makes for a good all conditions ride. If you want to ride in anything from snowment to soft grippy snow the Mystique will do a good job. Like most boards icy conditions will be a bit of a challenge but still it’s great for most conditions you would want to ride in.
Flex: The flex is on the softer side of medium but feels somewhat less than lively while not being damp. It’s more of an acquired taste and after a few runs we got use to the way the boards responds to you. Over a lot of time you might even prefer this feel. It’s pretty easy to butter and press.
Switch: When the stance is centered it’s pretty much like a true twin.
Rails/Jibs– This is a good sturdy board for the jib park and it can handle the abuse you get from there. It’s a little stiff for our taste to be a dedicated jib board but some will like this ride there.
Pipe: Pretty fun wall to wall but missing something that would make it a great pipe board. It also has enough edge hold to be good in any condition.
Jumps: It’s not dead by any means but it’s missing the snap that many boards of this shape have when it comes to good ollie power. Hitting the jumps in the park of any size is pretty fun and forgiving with the Gullwing but it’s missing something that makes it great.
All in all the Gullwing was one of those boards that offers of a good ride everywhere but nothing great. Still it could be a good fit for someone that wan’ts something in between the Never Summer Pandora and Infinity.