Nidecker Alpha Snowboard Video Review 2024
"It is surfy in deep snow and aggressive on the cat track. This is the perfect board for the rider who's looking to explore deeper snow and bigger terrain but still wants to have fun in the park in the spring."
Nidecker Alpha Snowboard Basics
The Alpha is a playful member of Nidecker's Instinct series inspired by the efficient shapes found in nature. This board blends all-mountain capability with a loose and surfy freestyle feel that allows you to take flight at any moment. A 3D spooned nose provides maximum float and easy turn initiation, while the subtle pinch at the sidecut's rear helps it sink in deep snow. The Surfy CamRock camber profile has a long rocker in the nose for optimal float and regular camber through the midsection and tail for support and pop. It also features a lively NDK core made from sustainable Swiss poplar and carbon fibre layers for even more responsiveness. Vibrations are kept to a minimum thanks to the Absorbnid™ topsheet. The Alpha's smooth edge-to-edge transitions and versatile flex make it a great option for creative all-mountain freestylers and free-riders.
Nidecker Alpha Snowboard Tech Details
|Sizes (cm)||148, 153, 158, 162W|
|Rocker/Camber Profile||SurfyCamrock - Increased floatability with back foot ride carving performance|
|Flex Rating||4 to 6 (Mid-Soft)|
|Core / Weight||Lively NDK made with sustainable Swiss poplar, combined with carbon fibre layers for more pop|
|Laminates||Biax Plus glass with added weave and Carbon Highlights|
|Binding Compatibility||2 x 4|
Who is the Nidecker Alpha Snowboard Best Suited For?
The Nidecker Alpha is versatile and suitable for riders exploring a mix of terrain, including groomed runs, powder, and even some park features. It's a great choice if you like to ride all over the mountain. The board is best suited for intermediate to advanced riders. It provides exceptional performance and responsiveness, making it a good choice for those who have some experience and want to progress their skills. If you enjoy off-piste riding and exploring the backcountry, the Nidecker Alpha's versatility and directional shape (typically preferred for freeride) make it a solid option. It offers phenomenal edge control and carving ability, which is perfect for riders who like to carve and ride with control at higher speeds.
Nidecker Alpha Snowboard Test Notes
"This board likes to be ridden fast and aggressive. It rails a turn, and it's playful, but it definitely likes to be ridden aggressively. It was super responsive and holds a good edge at high speeds. It cuts through chunder and deep snow like no tomorrow. It definitely likes a longer, more aggressive turn versus short, quick, nimble ones. But it is super supportive at high speeds, and it'll go edge to edge real quick, very snappy. It has a lot of pop in the tail, off of side hits, and park jumps. You're gonna get all the snap you need. I feel this board excels in big mountain / all mountain styles. It is surfy in deep snow and aggressive on the cat track. This is the perfect board for the rider who's looking to explore deeper snow and bigger terrain but still wants to have fun in the park in the spring."—Harrison Gray
- Extremely versatile
- High performance and responsiveness
- Phenomenal carving and edge control
- Floats in powder
- Directional board not for park purists
- Not suited for beginner riders