|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||Aggressive All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's|
|Camber Profile||Mostly Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Nitro Drop 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Nitro Women’s Drop Snowboard is that directional all in one type of board. You get a directional ride that delivers float in powder, but you also get a board that is forgiving enough to feel comfortable progressing on, and it has a fun creative feel underfoot to keep it fun.
I really liked how smooth the Drop felt when riding, and it wasn’t screaming “I’m a directional board!” when you first strap in. Coming from a true twin background it takes a bit for me to adjust to the more freeride type boards out there, but Nitro’s Drop Snowboard felt comfortable right away.
The Drop only comes in 3 sizes: 152, 149, and 146. Would be nice if Nitro offered it in a wider range of sizes so more people would be able to find their specific size.
Even though it is a directional shape, you can still cruise switch on it if you’d like. It has a forgiving medium stiff flex which makes for a smoother ride in bumpy, chunder snow and gives you a decent amount of pop as well but isn’t so stiff that you have to muscle it around.
Days: A few runs during demo days
Conditions: Hard pack, groomers
Boots: Vans Ferra
Bindings: Nitro Ivy
Approximate Weight: Feels normal.
Flex/Buttering: Has rocker on the nose and tail so you are able to get some butters in with a medium amount of effort.
Sizing: 152cm, 149cm, 146cm
On Snow Feel: It’s got a nice stable feel when flat basing it, and something about the sidecut makes turns feel extra smooth.
Edge Hold: Holds fine on ice, it’s not top tier on super ice, but you get more edge hold than a normal side cut board. The Drop comes with Nitro‘s Power Pods, so it has two sidecuts, a smaller one in between the feet, and a larger one on the outside of the bindings, giving you a little more edge hold and also makes the board a bit wider for those with bigger boots and bindings.
Turn Initiation: Very fun to turn, you have to really get it on edge when carving, but once you do the board does the rest. It feels quick under foot.
Turning Experience: Really fun to turn and play on. Smooth lines with minimal effort.
Carving: I found carving really fun on the Drop, it has that directional personality that makes you want to lay it over as much as you can.
Speed: Pretty stable at high speeds, has a sintered base as well.
Uneven Terrain: Does well in chunder and bumpy snow, would be able to power through on that chopped up powder day as well I think.
Powder: Would ride great in powder,
Switch: Rides switch really well for being directional.
Jumps: Has nice pop and stability so would do well on jumps but wouldn’t be my first park board choice. Although it is forgiving enough to dabble.
Jibbing: Wasn’t able to personally try it, but it wouldn’t be my first choice for jibbing.
Pipe: Might be fun in the pipe for wall carves and such, but a bit long in the nose for my taste as far as pipe boards go.
Overall I think the Nitro Drop is a great ride for those who want an all mountain board that floats well in powder as well as great turning capabilities and wants to dabble with the occasional creative line. It is a very fun board to cruise groomers, a little of piste, and you won’t have to trade out or set back your board when the snow falls.
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