|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Nitro Cinema 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Nitro Cinema is a fun board that is almost a true twin with a soft playful flex very suitable for park riding or mellow mountain playfulness but comes with a little bit of set back so it can get a little more directional float in powder. To us, it feels like a mellower, low-cost version of the Team Gullwing that isn’t a bad board either.
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How This Review Happened: We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Conditions: An inch or so of soft CO snow with a hard block of snowment lurking underneath.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Response,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Nitro Ramblers
Similar Boards (but not the same):
Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker, Yes Typo, Rossignol Templar, Yes Libre,
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 15 front -15 back. Almost Centered.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal bordering on light.
Sizing: The 159 Nitro Cinema Felt about right for Peter and I but a little on the narrow side for Zobel’s 11’s. It was too light for almost all of us though and we felt we were making this board a little more buttery and chattery as a result of our weight at around 185lbs first thing in the morning after a steamy piss and before the gear comes on.
Flex/Buttering: Very flexy and buttery and until we noticed the specs the following year (we do this a year in advance) we were surprised this had a set back as it felt more like a buttery park twin than a slightly directional twin with a setback. There is a soft but snappy energetic pop to it that doesn’t seem to be less than some boards in Nitro’s line and there is a lot of energy/snap out of the tip/tail.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: So easy to ride and so forgiving for those that skid turns or just want a ride that is less likely than camber to catch an edge. Like all hybrid rocker boards, it has that semi-stable feel underfoot that wants to auto-spin one footing or flat basing in harder snow but it becomes pretty stable in softer snow.
Edge Hold: Moderate but nothing to write home about.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick edge to edge and keeps turning pretty fast when the sidecut is engaged.
Turning Experience/Carving: There is some spring out of the turn and it isn’t too bad to make a carve or two. However, in comparison to their Cam-Out tech, the Nitro Cinema is definitely lacking.
Powder: We had no powder but at least there is some setback on sidecut and probably more on board to give the Nitro Cinema a little more float in powder when set all the way back compared to other twins/directional twins with a centered stance.
Speed: A bit chattery and you could feel it throughout the board when you picked up speed but we have felt worse for sure.
Uneven Terrain: While it can’t power over uneven snow well it can turn through it rather well. It is chattery and bucky but it isn’t going to get cranky on hard micro-bumpy snow as some can.
Switch: Very doable either way and very forgiving. It tricked us into thinking it was a true twin.
Getting Air/Park: Very good pop on an ollie and the Nitro Cinema felt at home everywhere in the park from Jibs to Jumps and it would do well as long as the pipe isn’t too hard.
It’s a good choice if you are one of these types of riders. You are a good rider on a budget and like a mellow ride in and out of the park. You are learning and want something forgiving. You like the park but need the same board to set back a bit and get better float than a centered stance ride on a powder day.
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