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Nidecker Mellow 2018-2020 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style Alternative Freeride
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Directional Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Great
Turning Experience Great
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Average
Switch Poor
Jumps Average
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Semi-Locked In

Turn Initiation

Medium

Skidded Turns

Moderate

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Nidecker Mellow 2020 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride

The Nidecker Mellow is super far back on the tail and looks mellow like its name…but it isn’t. It’s a pretty floaty, fast, damp, stiff, hard carving, super setback kind of ride. With our surfing background, very mellow taper, our size 9 and 8.5 boots, it felt like a quad fin. If you have more mid/wide boot sizes it might feel a little more turny.

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 had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Size: 155
Days: 1 but 1 day a few seasons ago at a demo as well.
Conditions: Pretty good leftover powder with 1.5′ to 2′ in some places and some really good groomers.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Salomon Highlander

Similar Boards (but not the same):  Gentemstick Mantaray 156, Korua DartYes Optimistic, Rome Pow Division MT, Endeavor ScoutJones Hovercraft,

Set-Up: 22” Wide. 21 front -3 back. Close to Reference

Approximate Weight: Felt a bit on the heavier side of normal.

Sizing: The 155 felt good enough but a little on the wide side for our size 8.5 and 9 boots. This is made to be more of a mid/wide so all joking aside on the video review the 150 might help us make the board ride more as Nidecker describes. This has more appeal to a rider more on the 10-12 side for the sizes they have.

Flex/Buttering: The Nidecker Mellow is pretty medium-stiff to stiff throughout most of the board but I could butter the tail with a little effort.

On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: There doesn’t seem to be a lot of camber going on here but whatever they are doing makes the Nidecker Mellow feel pretty locked in. It didn’t skid turns as easy as we thought it would for all that rocker after the front binding. It tracks really well one footing and flat basing though and it’s a very stable ride.

Edge Hold: Strong grip and whatever is going on in the sidecut holds well. We were in soft snow now but a few years ago when we rode the Mellow it gripped pretty well in the few hard patches we encountered.

Turn Initiation: For our size 9/8.5 boots it didn’t turn fast and felt more on the med/slow side of medium. The 150 would be easier to control and turn in the trees and I was glad we had room between trees at Mission Ridge where we tested it.

Turning Experience/Carving: The Nidecker Mellow really rails out a hard carving turn. What I really liked about turning this board was how it helped me build momentum out of each turn and it felt very powerful. I thought that even with my size 9 boots it would be more turny but maybe the rocker after the front binding negates some of that sidecut. Who knows though…we sure aren’t shapers. All I can say is felt like I was on a performance groveler quad fin on a head high to overhead round day driving down the line to make it out of a barrel about to pinch. For those who don’t surf it likes medium to wider radius turns for our boots.

Powder: There isn’t much taper for a board like this (-6mm) but sitting that far back on the tail and having all that rocker before the nose really helps. It has a very easy float and while it’s not a perfect powder board it sure is a great compromise between having a strong off the tail carver and powder board in one.

Speed: The base has good glide but seems like it’s wax hungry and needs consistent waxing. The Nidecker Mellow is damp and you can point it in good conditions.

Uneven Terrain: What makes it soo great in good conditions makes it pretty rough on you in hard bumpy conditions and it’s not ideal in softer bumpy conditions either. Not a board I’d like to turn around bumpy snow but the 155 might work for you.

 
Nidecker Mellow Past Reviews

The Nidecker Mellow is kind of an oxymoron just like my last name might be too.  It’s Biesty (pronounced Beasty).  Regardless it’s a lively, set back semi-surfy, carvy, wideish board that we had a pretty good time on. It’s got a nice well-rounded ride for those that like to make good set back, directional turns and we’d like more time on it than the quick taste at the demo’s we had. It would be great to put on bindings we know, compare it to some of our favorites and really put it through its paces.

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: 155
Days:  1
Conditions:  Spring conditions and it was starting to warm up.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs, Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Rover,
InsolesFootprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Set Up: 22” Pretty far out 18 front -9 back

 
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The most underrated board ever

Apr 04, 2019 by Marcus
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: Powder carving, all mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'11" 190lbs US 13 

This board rips on groomers its fast stable and amazing edge hold, I will apologize I live in the midwest other than groomers and slush that's all I was able to ride this on, this board lights up like MFing light when I got it into when you get into slush or anything that is deep if slush is any indication this thing with hog around and hunt for powder like a truffle pig and when it gets there it goes hog wild. And should be an amazing board when I make it out west next year


Fun day

Apr 16, 2018 by Lawrence Woods
Ability Level: Expert • 
Riding Style: Surf and carve • 
Days You Ride A Year: 8-10 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'8.5"/165lbs/US 9 

Picked this (155cm) board at an end of the season sale (40% off) and got one ride on it today. Highly variable conditions with mostly medium-soft and hard pack snow day up high, with powder here and there near the trees, then great spring softened snow toward the lower half of the mtn. Typical spring day! The board performed with aplomb in all conditions, but really showed its surfer personality in the softened spring snow. I was able to effortlessly surf this board with some of the finest feeling turns that I had experienced. The carving on the shallow and medium inclined harder snow was also exceptional. The steeper inclines with hard snow definitely required much more forward front foot riding, perhaps owing to the generous set-back. I didn't notice any washout, but did experience some heel-side 'chop' if I didn't stay on top of it on the steep hardback (operator error), maybe helped by the rocker up front and shorter board length for me, but really it was probably only a bit more than my old camber (non-tapered, 162cm) all-mountain board.
All in all, I think I got a steal and had a smile on my face all day.


A very good snowboard!

Feb 15, 2018 by Lars Horstmann
Ability Level: Expert • 
Riding Style: Carve/Freeride/Pow • 
Days You Ride A Year: 80 to 100 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'9.5" / 135lbs / US 10.5 

Nidecker knows something about snowboard construction that a lot of other manufacturers don't seem to know. I don't know what it is exactly, but there's some sort of Swiss magic going on that I'll try to explain here as best as I can (talking about the 160!).
The profile of the board is quite different from other hybrid camber bends. On this one Nidecker do a fairly short early rise in the tips, which blends into a fairly long flat section, which then goes into the camber in the center of the board. BUT: the camber is more like a bell curve rather than like an arc! It's quite high in the very center of the board and it doesn't go all the way into the tail contact points, although Nidecker say so.
I've been riding this board quite a bit this season. Starting on hardpack in somewhat bumpy, crappy conditions early season the first thing I noticed was how easy this board was to ride. Torsionally it isn't overly stiff, which makes for easy maneuverability through the ankles and feet. With that first impression and knowing about the lack of camber in the tail, I thought I would probably not hold an edge very well.
On the first good hardpack day with good grooming I had to learn otherwise! I don't know why, but this board has two faces! It is in deed "mellow' in its flex and so easy to ride, but when you go for it, when you really tilt it over, the edge just tracks and cuts like a steak knife... I do ride an 88° edge angle, which is sharper than what most people ride, but since all my boards are like that, I do have a lot of references... The Mellow is a carving dream! Never takes you for a ride, always predictable, will work for all rider levels - truly!
Keep in mind that it is pretty wide! A 265mm waist on this 160 requires at least a size US 10 boot to be an all conditions board. If you have smaller feet than that, you might struggle on hardpack, as the exaggerated width will tend to cause lots of deflection due to the lack of torque coming from your foot (smaller lever, less torgue).
This board has the word 'surfy' in it's manufacturer description! Be sure you really understand what that is and reflect on it for a second before you buy into the new hype of 'surfy everything!'. Surfy could be translated as 'off the tail / more backfoot heavy riding' like when you turn on a surf board! A snowboard can be 'surfy' in two different ways: lots of taper in the tail to reduce the surface area of the tail, which makes the tail very easy to slash around, or on less tapered boards applying a lot of setback! Being very far back on any board reduces the relative length of the tail, which also makes it easier to slash around, but it's not quite the same as lots of taper! On hardpack lots of taper tends to feel 'washy' - not holding an edge that well at the end of the turn, not wanting to turn up the hill so much! So the Mellow only has 6mm taper, which doesn't make it surfy at all! 6mm are just about noticeable, but not surfy! What makes the Mellow somewhat 'surfy' is the 60mm setback, which is massive! This kind of surfy is only noticeable in soft snow. On hardpack the lack of too much taper simply feels like a solid tail that holds its line, which is awesome!! People, who tell you something about 'surfy to carve' are not really aware of their words... Surfy and carvy are basically opposites! Surfy is slashy, carvy is precise!
Anyways, in pow the Mellow is pretty fun, but when it gets really light and deep I find the nose profile doesn't make for that much float. The surface area of the nose is not that big and the early rise not that early... The kink of the nose is also a bit to sharp for my taste. A slowly rising nose over a greater length will always glide better than this one here (less friction!). Think of K2 "Tweak End" (on a Joydriver, Turbo Dream, Ultra Dream or Simple Pleasures), Jones (Flagship, Hovercraft, Storm Chaser, Mind Expander), Korua Shapes, Fullbag... those brands have very flat, slowly rising long noses, and they all float with less effort than the Mellow. That being said, those boards are partially excellent in pow, which leaves the Mellow still as a great pow board, but just not THAT good.
The most impressive thing about the Mellow is the balance between dampness and pop! Carving on it is such a great pleasure, because the core actively helps holding an edge through its dampening properties. It just feels smooth! Amazing! But then it's not dead when you pop an ollie! It's still super lively, snappy and quick edge to edge. All the Nidecker boards have that feeling, which is what I call the Swiss magic sauce, ha! ;-) Most Burton boards are poppier, but they don't hold an edge like Nidecker! Carving needs dampening, which helps with traction of your edges (like suspension on your bike...), but also snap to change edges quickly. Nidecker has that dialled ( and so does Jones, which is - surprisingly - made with the help of Nidecker, hahaha...).
Over all the Mellow is a fully directional all conditions board, which i.m.o. performs better on hardpack than in pow. For someone, who loves carving and doesn't want an extra pow board, this can be it! The base is stupid fast and seems fairly durable, and the overall value for money is truly unbeatable. Totall winner for me!


5.0 5.0 3 3 This board rips on groomers its fast stable and amazing edge hold, I will apologize I live in the midwest other than groomers and slush that's all I was able to ride this on, this Nidecker Mellow 2018-2020 Snowboard Review

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