|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 203 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Nitro Quiver Cannon 203 is a crazy big board that seems like it would be more gimmick but somehow it pulls it off as a functional quiver ride that Peter and I both had fun on after we got past the initial intimidation.
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 a day and then returned it. We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Size: 203….yep 203cm
Conditions: Pretty 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 Highlanders
Similar Boards (but not the same) That We Compared This To: Nothing is really comparable except maybe the Lib-Tech Doughboy Shredder but even that was super different and we didn’t like that board near as much as this.
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 27 front +6 back. Close to Reference
Approximate Weight: Felt heavy but it’s a 203…
Sizing: Long and narrow and it worked for our boot size really well. It is narrower than most boards we ride these days from tip to waist to tail so way more managable than you would think. It’s very long but still managable and more for the size 8-10 boot rider than anyone else.
Flex/Buttering: Pretty medium stiff and it’s a good thing that it wasn’t super stiff. Not that buttery. It’s not dead and super damp either.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: Expert riders and some advanced riders is what this is best for. The Nitro Quiver Cannon 203 has just a touch of early rise before the nose/tail but it has a long nose and the effective edge might not be as much as it could be. Still, you have to always be on your game in the groomers we rode it on. It’s long, narrow gunny shape makes for a board that likes to point it but isn’t afraid to turn if you aren’t.
Edge Hold: Pretty strong but not amazing grip.
Turn Initiation: Slow but what would you expect. It’s a lot of board but it is very manageable to get it edge to edge. You can get the edges to initiate a turn pretty fast but then it takes all that length to respond so it’s slow but not as slow as you would think for a 203. That’s probably because it just isn’t that wide.
Turning Experience/Carving: Very much an across the groomer carver that has a lot of spring out of the turn but it’s sketchy turning it like that as you feel like you block the whole run if anyone is behind you.
Powder: We didn’t get any powder but it’s very reminiscent of boards we used to ride before rocker started happening in all kinds of camber profiles. You tried to find the biggest board you could and that was your powder board. It seems great for low angle powder riding and as long as it’s wide open you will be one of the first to get back to the chair in your crew.
Speed: This is really fast. Even though the base doesn’t have the glide like some boards we have tried did it just makes up for that with sheer size. Even though the tip/tail might be bouncing a little bit in the snow the vibrations don’t reverberate down to your feet.
Uneven Terrain: tough turning around even the almost non-existent barely emerging bumps you see me riding on in the vid above but I couldn’t believe it was doable with a little attention. Powering over stuff is like an 18 wheeler running over a squirrel. You just don’t feel most of the bad stuff happening below you but you still feel a connection with the board and what it is doing.
Air: Sure it can launch but…yeah…..it’s a 203.
The rest isn’t important as that’s for rippers and well…rippers are rippers. They defy what is possible and watching them send’s average riders like us to the hospital if we try to imitate them.
So while we felt the Quiver Cannon 173 was a much more functional ride for most riders the Nitro Quiver Cannon 203 is a functional novelty that is actually fun to ride.
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