Snowboard Review: 09-10 Nitro Carrara

16 Mar, 2009

Location: Keystone, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers to a mixture of conditions.

Setup: I rode the Nitro Carrara with Raiden Eris’ and my Rome Vamps size 8.

First Impression: Another women’s board to add to the list of impressive women’s charging boards.

Size: 153cm

Weight: light

Flex: The carrara is no a soft flexing board, it matches the name very well. This board is meant for speed, but still offers good handling. With a stiffer flex, it handles the mountain to the jump line, all made for a female rider who charges. Stiffer longitudinally, making it stable when charging but with some good torsional flex that allows it for it be easier to turn and maneuver quickly.

Turning: Despite it being a more aggressive women’s freestyle board, it is still easy to initiate turns and as you progress into each turn, it then becomes aggressive into each turn picking up speed and letting you really finish out each turn as a carve. That’s the progressive sidecut really coming in and taking control.

Stable: For the size I was riding, it was very impressive on the stability. It was a smaller size than I’d normally ride and I expected it to not handle as well during some speeds but it still handled and remained a very stable board throughout riding. I personally would have liked the longer size because it fits me better.

Pop: This board has pop even for a charging women’s board, really a do-it all board for women. Lightweight and easy to pop off rollers.
Switch: It was rideable switch, really easy to ease into transitioning switch. It is directional and definitely is stronger when you ride it normal.

Overall Impression: It was impressive, another women’s board that isn’t for the light hearted, it can handle speed for freeriding or take it into the park for a stiffer freestyle board to land jumps with, has good pop and really just a good all around board.

Shay’s Honesty Box: This was the first women’s nitro I’ve ridden and I really liked how it rode, good all around board for women that can still charge with. I would have liked a bigger size for myself, but the small size held up just fine.

*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.

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  1. Alex
    July 14, 2009

    where did u get the next year’s nitro catalog? cause the last pic is a catalog im pretty sure

  2. July 14, 2009

    Alex, I’ve had the catalog since the SIA Tradeshow when I met with Nitro.

  3. July 28, 2009

    I’m so excited – I love Nitro and I love my Nitro board. I’ve been looking for a good freestyle/charging board over my Mystique; hopefully I can get this one for the coming season.

  4. July 30, 2009

    Devy, nice to hear! Definitely the carrara is a step up for charging than the mystique.