|Riding Level||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's, < 8, 8-10|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Nidecker Odyssey 2023 - 2022 Review by The Good Ride
The Nidecker Odyssey is a quick turning, directional freeride board that can handle harder snow coditions as well as deeper powder days. It has a surfy personality that is a lot of fun both on and off piste.
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00:00 – Intro 00:17 – Waist Width 00:22 – Sizes 00:39 – Camber Profile 01:33 – Base 01:38 – Flex 01:53 – Snow conditions 02:07 – Board Personality 02:34 – Steeps 02:59 – On Snow Feel 03:15 – Off Piste / Trees / Bumps 03:55 – Groomers 04:16 – Switch 04:55 – Pop / Board Energy 05:10 – Edge Hold 05:30 – Freestyle Personality 05:57.- Powder 06:11 – Furthest Setback On Board 06:23 – Overall / Who Is This For?
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Sizes Availible: 143N, 147N, 151M, 151L, 155M, 158L
Snow Conditions: Mostly spring riding conditions. I did get a little snow here and there but overall it was icy in the mornings and slushy in the afternoons.
Boots: Vans Ferra Pro
Bindings: Ride CL-6
Set Up: 21″ Centered 15 front -15 back
The Nidecker Odyssey has a set back positive camber. The camber starts under the front foot and goes all the way through the tail. There is also a slow rising rocker section that starts just outside of the front binding, going all the way through the nose.
The positive camber profile isn’t an agressive one. It creates nice connection and control on the snow, and gives some nice energy when turning, carving, or jumping off features. But it doesn’t feel catchy at all.
The base is somewhere between an extruded and a sintered base. They call it a Sintruded Base. So you could probably get away with neglecting the waxing from time to time and still get glide. It also has added carbon nanoparticles, that I’m assuming adds to how fast the base glides on the snow. It felt nice for me in some very spring slush conditions.
It comes with a 6/10 flex. I felt it was just stiff enough to keep the Odyssey feeling stable at higher speeds and in somewhat bumpy terrain. But it was also soft enough to give it a fun personality and keep it quick to turn and manuever.
It didn’t take too long to figure out how the Odyssey works. It is a playful freeride board with a surfy/turny side as well. It is a ton of fun to carve, slash, and turn in a lot of different snow conditions.
I enjoyed this board in the steeps. It is quick to turn, has nice connection to the snow, and feels predictablie and stable on the way down.
On Snow Feel
It feels somewhat locked in, more than a standard hybrid camber profile. The nose has rocker in it, but the tail stays pretty connected to the snow all the way through the turn. This doesn’t make it feel catchy at all, it just adds stability and edge hold through the tail. And is really fun when carving. It is pretty easy to twist the board, so turning is quite quick, but it doesn’t feel floppy underfoot when riding at higher speeds. It seems the Odyssey is softer tortionally and a little stiffer along the length of the board.
Off Piste / Trees / Bumps
By the time I got this board off piste was kind of non existant, but I did ride it though bumps and in some choppy spring conditions. I would love to take the Odyssey through some trees at some point. I think it would be a good board for some off piste shredding, especially if there’s some fresh snow about.
The Odyssey is very fun to turn on some groomers. It also likes to carve. The camber through the tail gives it some nice energy out of the turn, and allows the rider to carve all the way through the back foot if they want. It isn’t an agressive carve board but it likes to lay some trenches down on some groomers.
This board can turn at both slow and fast speeds. It isn’t the freeride type of board that requires a lot of speed to make it preform. I think this adds to the versatility of the Odyssey and makes it more suitable for more types of riders.
Riding switch is doable on the Odyssey. It is directional and has a little taper, so switch feels a little strange. But the option is there if needed.
The Odyssey is the type of freeride board that will seek out natural features with you. It is snappy and fun and stable. It would be good for small cliff drops, natural jumps, side hits, or just messing around. It isn’t ideal for jibbing or things like that. But it is playful and manuverable enough to get creative on.
It comes with -10mm of setback and -5mm of taper. It has a directionally shaped nose and tail. The rocker in the nose will help with float, and the positive camber throughout the tail will keep the board connected to the snow and add stability and precision when needed. If set all the way back you can get -4.87″ of setback on board with a stance width of 19″. (this is on the 143 I rode)
I didn’t get to try it in powder, but I have a feeling it would be a ton of fun. This would be a good powder board that also handles really well in hardpack or icy conditions. It isn’t restricted to only soft snow conditions.
The Nidecker Odyssey is a fun, surfy freeride board that can handle steeps, ice, carving and powder. It would be good for an intermediate to advances rider. Someone who wants a directional ride that is stable but doesn’t require too much effort to turn. The Odyssey preforms well in a lot of different terrain and snow conditions and would be a very fun freeride board option.
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