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Niche Story 2015-2020 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style All Mountain
Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 10-12
Manufactured in Austria by GST
Shape Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Rocker
Stance Setback -20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Good
Base Glide
Carving Good
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Good
Jumps Great
Jibbing Average
Pipe Excellent
On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Icy Snow

Niche Story 2020 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride

The Niche Story makes for a great semi-directional kind of ride for mid/wide-ish foot riders that see hard snow but want to be ready for powder. The 2019 model was lighter but more chattery where the 2020 is more normal in weight but much more damp.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

How This Review Happened:  We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Size: 162
Days: 3
Conditions: Varied Spring Conditions
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs),  Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADVAdidas Response
InsolesSandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union AtlasUnion Strata

Similar Boards (but not the same)Never Summer West Bound, Rossignol XVKorua OttoLib Tech Terrain Wrecker, Loaded AlgernonCapita MercuryEndeavor Pioneer

Set-Up:  22” Wide. 18 front -9 back.  Centered.

Approximate Weight: Pretty normalish.

Sizing: So the Niche Story is best for a 10-11 size boot but riders like myself with size 9’s can through this around pretty easy for its width.

Flex/Buttering: Even though the Niche Story has a med/stiff flex we could all butter it with a little effort. It’s not super easy but a lot easier than you would think if you flexed it in a shop. The pop is easily accessible for riders of all levels and it’s pretty easy to ollie.

On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The rocker between the feet with camber underfoot that doesn’t come all the way back down is semi-stable. It can feel loose and auto spinny in harder snow but tracks better in soft snow when one footing or flat basing.

Edge Hold: Strong super grippy edge hold that really shines in hard to icy days. Very recommendable for those that ride in icy places. The Niche Story has some grab in softer snow but its not too grabby for most to be a deal-breaker.

Turn Initiation: Turns pretty quick for this width. All of us felt that despite the difference in boot size.

Turning Experience/Carving: In hard snow, this will carve better than the Maelstrom but in good conditions, the Malestrom blows it away. There is much more resistance into the turn allowing you to easily lean over into it and then there is more spring/acceleration out of the turn. The Nice Story isn’t bad though and it’s far from being a boring turner.

Powder: You got a little bit of taper, 2.125″ back on board (4.25″ difference between nose/tail) with a 22″ stance width and a tip/tail that floats pretty easy. Especially the somewhat longer nose. It’s a great directional floater for an all-mountain board and a decent floater for a freeride board.

Speed: a little loose between the feet when the board is totally flat on snow. The 2020 model is damp and not as chattery as the past year.

Uneven Terrain: So much better than 2019 model. There is such a better shielding layer between the snow below and your joints.

Switch:  Very doable for a board with a little taper.

Getting Air/Park: The Niche story has a nice stable approach to a kicker if the edge is set and you aren’t flat basing into it. It has enough stiffness in the tip/tail to handle going big if you are not exceptionally and hopelessly average like we are. You can play on a mellow jib or two but it’s far from ideal. The grip in the pipe is exceptional and it drives from wall to wall pretty well.

 
Niche Story Past Reviews

The Niche Story has a lot going on grip wise for those that see hard snow and want something a bit more on the directional side of the all mountain world.  Year over year we often recommend this board to those that see a lot of hard snow.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Size: 158
Days:  1
Conditions: Mostly hard bad snow.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
InsolesSandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Nitro Phantom Carver
Set Up
: 22.5” Close to reference stance 15 front -15 back

The Niche Story is a very fun board with lot’s of edge hold and a pretty stable ride for a hybrid rocker profile. After 2 seasons now of riding this in all kinds of conditions we like it just the same as that first day we got stoked on it.

Size: 158
Days:  7
Conditions:  Messy Powder and chewed up somewhat thick eastern Washington snow. Perfect Utah Groomers after a storm. Spring conditions going from hard to slush.
Riders: James, Jimbo and Peter
Boots: Burton SLXSalomon F3.0Burton Fiend LTDBurton ImperialNike Lunarendor,
Bindings: Burton CartelBurton GenesisUnion AtlasRide Rodeo

Set Up: Set back a bit approx 23″ wide 15 front and -6 back, 23″ 15 front -15 back and 15 front -9 back

Approximate Weight:  Felt normal and right in the middle.

On Snow Feel:  We were in pretty soft snow but it felt mostly stable. I’d like to learn more about it in other conditions and see how it feels in hard snow.  It seems like it would be semi-stable but I don’t know for sure.  The camber profile is mellow all around.  What I mean by that is the rocker between the feet isn’t that pronounced and it almost seems like there is a little flat between the feet before it rockers up.  Then the camber isn’t to exaggerated either.  All of this makes for a pretty stable ride between the feet and my guess is it would only be slightly loose between the feet in harder snow.

Turn Initiation: I was really surprised when I looked at the specs and noticed that the waist width was 26.2.  It didn’t turn like a mid/wide but instead had a medium bordering on easy turn initiation.  I would of guessed 25.3cm to 25.5cm instead.  It’s got a nice moderate turn that’s not too easy and not too hard.  It felt like there was a decent spring between the feet transitioning from edge to edge.  If you are more like a size 11 rider you will be able to turn this board much easier than our smaller feet could. However it did not feel like a mid wide board for our regular feet so it could easily be ridden by regular footers like Peter (Size 8.5) and I (Size 9)

Flex:   The board felt medium/stiff but still butterable with a nice snap off the tip/tail.

Edge Hold:  There is a very different magnetraction thing going on than what you see at Lib Tech and Gnu.  It’s much more pronounced.   It’s Really grippy edge hold without being grabby.  We were expecting The Story to grab in the soft snow but it wasn’t very grabby. This is a great board for those that see everything from Ice to soft powder.

Powder:   We had a little bit of powder and this has very easy directional float.  It’s got a set back of -20mm and combined with that hybrid rocker it makes for a really easy directional float in powder to where it’s good enough to be a one board quiver. That’s the real advantage of getting a board with a set back is it can double for a more directional powder board when set back.  Is it as good as a dedicated powder board? Hell no but you have a board that will set much further back than a centered stance board.

Carving: The edge hold is here to carve even in harder conditions and the camber in the tip/tail gives it a little spring out of the turn. I’d like to carve more on it and get to know this better on perfect clean groomers but it was fun enough for sure in the uneven tracked up powder we had.

Speed: Seems pretty fast and stable at speed. It doesn’t get very chattery and it has a good glide going on in the base.  It seems like you can bomb a wide open mountain for sure.

Uneven Terrain: We had no problem negotiating with bumpy snow and it worked around moguls pretty easy.  It also handled chunder pretty well so it seems like a first tracks to last chair kind of board.

Switch:  This felt like it was a directional twin even though it’s kind of in between a directional board and a twinish board.  It felt pretty similar either way even though we were set back a little.

Jumps: The Niche Story had a lot of nice pop off the tail for ollieng over little bumps on the messy snow we were riding on and it seems like it can handle kickers of any size.

Jibbing: Not really a jib board because of it’s stiff flex but it’s fine for a wide box or bonk.

Pipe: We didn’t have a pipe at the mountain we tried the Story on but it’s edge hold and forgiving camber profile are ideal for riders of most styles and ability levels.  This would climb icy mid winter to soft spring snow pipe walls without any issue and I would of loved to take it in the pipe.

So all in all we liked this board and we’d really like to get to know it better in different terrain and conditions. Usually Mid/Wides don’t really appeal to Peter and I but if it’s this good for a smaller foot it will be even better for the foot that fit’s this board.

 
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