|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Mostly Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Heavy|
|On Snow Feel|
Nitro Quiver Cannon 173 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Nitro Quiver Cannon 173 feels super tiny and functional after you ride the 203 but compared to most boards out there it is a modern twist on many of the big ass boards we rode in powder and occasionally groomers back in the day.
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. We borrowed this for a day and then returned it. We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day. We liked it so much we asked to keep it (we only do this with our favorites). After a demo, we liked it so much we bought it. We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.
Conditions: Pretty good mid-winter conditions to some mixed early spring conditions.
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: Union Atlas, Salomon Highlanders
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 27 front 66 back. Close to Reference
Approximate Weight: Feels heavy but it’s a 173 so not bad for its size.
Sizing: The Nitro Quiver Cannon 173 is long but not that wide so it matches up well with my boot size and most 8-10 size US boot riders with average weight.
Flex/Buttering: There is lots of pop and not much butterability but still a bit of a rubbery dampness to it that doesn’t overdo it but dials back some energy that could go the wrong way leading into your joints. It pops well too and both Peter and I were surprised that we could ollie this and it would respond well.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: Even though the Nitro Quiver Cannon 173 has a little bit of early rise and a long nose it still has a lot of camber happening between the feet at this length that makes the board feel catchy and technical. So it isn’t for riders that don’t understand full camber…aka advanced to expert riders. It is a very strong powerful ride for those that like to pick up speed without trying and make big powerful S-Turns.
Edge Hold: Very good grip and fine in harder snow.
Turn Initiation: So the Nitro Quiver Cannon 173 isn’t super fast edge to edge but at the same time it does well for this size. We could get the edges to roll over/engage pretty quick but then its length held it back from responding the way it would if it was shorter.
Turning Experience/Carving: Super fun to turn and carve but it likes open spaces to work. It was hard to find room to really lay it over and I always felt like I was only at about 50% of what it could do. I would love to get this out on some really wide un-crowded groomers and give it everything I got.
Powder: No powder to speak of but it seems like this would be a great ride for lower angle pow riding like where I mainly ride (Mt Bachelor)
Speed: So the base has good glide but isn’t super fast and the board isn’t as damp as you would think but all that length makes this feel chill even though you are riding much faster than you think you are. In summary….you can really point it with the Nitro Quiver Cannon 173.
Uneven Terrain: Better than the 203 but not the kind of board you want to weave around bumps with. That goes without saying though but it turns well enough for you to survive if you make a wrong turn. The Nitro Quiver Cannon 173 can power over chunder and tracked up snow really well without letting what’s happening underfoot work it’s way up into your joints. There is also good protection against that micro bumpy hard snow that can make boards really cranky. I had no problem with a hard poorly groomed run full of mini-death cookies that also required a lot of turning.
So we really liked the ability of the Nitro Quiver Cannon 173 to be more than just a quiver board and it could work for those that get off on riding a bigger board but still want a board that isn’t only for special occasions. Even though the 203 get’s the head turns the 173 is the one I had more fun being on.
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