Nitro Fate Zero


Best Women’s All-Mountain Snowboards 2015-2016

Words: Heather Hendricks

A standard in Nitro’s line, the Fate snapped up a Good Wood because it’s crafted to conquer the whole mountain with a low positive camber and flattened center zone. This profile took less effort to ollie and was more forgiving than a standard camber deck. “I was super stoked at how it held an edge and loved how it carved in the slush,” raved one bubbly tester. “It was solid underfoot and felt really stable in the crud.” We also liked how this deck was playfully poppy and made us want to try new tricks. There’s plenty of stance options thanks to the wide range of hole patterns, so you can dial it in as skinny or wide as you like.

From the testers: “The flex and shape of this board is on point and tons of fun to ride. It was really solid and smooth through the turns and had just the right amount of flex.”

Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)

144 — 7.4/6.1/7.4 — 23.6
147 — 7.6/6.4/7.6 — 23.9
150 — 7.8/6.8/7.8 — 24.1
153 — 8.0/7.0/8.0 — 24.2
156 — 8.2/7.2/8.2 — 24.3

Flex: Medium

Camber: Hybrid (zero between inserts, camber to tips)

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)

(Sidecut Radius: The measure of how deep or shallow the arc of a board’s edge is from the tips to the middle, in meters. A smaller radius, around six to seven meters means a board will generally turn tighter. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $450.00

144, 147, 150, 153, 156

Good Wood 2017 Presented by

With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.