Niche Story

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With notable serration on its edges--MagneTraction is an understatement here--some riders were wary of the Story's alibi. Turns out, all those extra contact points on this lightweight, hybrid camber stick came in quite handy in hairball scenarios, i.e. punching through pinched chutes or slamming on the brakes at the bottom. One admittedly skeptical tester described this as "one of the most fun, all-around boards I’ve ridden," explaining, "It handles everything, and despite looking like overkill, the edges held and performed. I’d be comfortable riding everything on this guy: steeps, groomers, and jumps." The Story's feather weight and predominantly rockered profile had some riders describing its feel as notably freestyle: "It felt like a park board that could hang wherever you want to take it--159 edge hold with 155 agility." This is a board that breaks tradition in favor or ingenuity. For some it was off-putting, while it resonated well with others.

Length (cm) -Waist Width (cm)

156 -- 25.8

159 -- 26.2

162 -- 26.5

Flex: 6/10

Camber: Hybrid--rocker with a cambered nose and tail

Base: Sintered

Shape: Directional twin

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

Price: $579.00
Brand Name

Niche

Gender

Mens

Style

All Mountain

Product Type

Snowboard

Length

156, 159, 162

Manufacturers URL

https://nichesnowboards.com/

Rad-Bad

Tester quote: “It handles everything, and despite looking like overkill, the edges held and performed.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Gallery ID

1000328651

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2018

Tester quote: "It handles everything, and despite looking like overkill, the edges held and performed.”

Good Wood 2018 presented by evo.com

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.