Nitro Team Pro 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Nitro Team Pro Snowboard Binding did a lot for us and matched up well with all the boards we tested it with. It’s a very adjustable and well thought out binding that we have no problem recommending.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it. We borrowed this for a day and then returned it. We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day. We liked it so much we asked to keep it (we only do this with our favorites). After a demo, we liked it so much we bought it. We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Nick (Size 10, 160lbs, 5’8”)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Imperial, Nitro Team TLS
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Boards: Yes Greats, Nitro Quiver Fury, Nitro Team
Highback Flex: There is good twist with the Nitro Team Pro’s High back but lots of good stiffness pulling it back.
Binding to Boot Adjustability: You can tweak just about anything on the Nitro Team Pro to dial it out to your boot. The straps are easy to adjust and durable with the steel cables. You can rotate the high back and adjust the forward lean well too. However, the most important part about this binding is its ability to center most boots in the suggested size range in the binding. That means you are able to turn the board better but also still be able to turn the discs sideways so you can slide them tip to tail. There is an adjustable gas pedal/toe ramp as well as an adjustable heel loop which is a step up above many bindings out there.
Stance Width Adjustability: Pretty good and the channel in the mini-disc can slide both ways a little bit. We can always get our stance or get very close to it with mini-discs and the only issue is they don’t work with a lot of set back/extra inserts for powder days that are approx 40mm apart instead of 20mm and are only compatible with full-sized discs.
Comfort: Very comfortable binding. No pressure points for us to speak of from the ankle strap or any part of the binding.
Boot Support: The toe strap has a lot of grip and pulls you into the heel cup well. The ankle strap finishes up the job and it has more support (especially on the sides) compared to the Team but still has enough freedom of movement for those that want more of a freestyle to mountain freestyle feel. It’s a great balance between support when you need it and freedom of movement when you want it and our ankles never felt exposed in uneven terrain.
Turn Initiation/Response: Way more response than we thought it would have and it’s a little bump ahead of the team. You can pair this up with a lot of demanding boards and it will turn them but also pair them up with mellow easy turning boards and it won’t overpower them.
Buttering: There is really good butterability with the Nitro Team Pro and the boards we rode it with flexed pretty well underfoot. Well, other than the Team Camber but that wasn’t an easy board to butter. T
Ratchet System: Didn’t bring any attention to it either way and they always worked.
Shock Absorption: The airbags with that little spring-like thing inside do a good job at absorbing shock and it shines for those who like to go big more than little but it still handles slow speed shock absorption very well. It’s damp when you pick up speed too.
So all in all, we were super impressed with the feel and overall personality of the Nitro Team Pro. It’s a very adjustable binding too and we feel it can work with a pretty wide variety of boards.
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