Nitro Spell

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Casting its way into the hearts of our tester pool, the Spell conjured up a Good Wood award for being a powerful ride that promoted progression. "I'm a little mystified on how I landed that one..." Blinked one tester after stomping a switch trick on her first try. "It came around so easily; landing was an afterthought, because I wasn't worried about catching an edge at all." While this might not be the case for everyone, the Spell's construction is geared toward being a forgiving ride. The Spell's flat-out rocker profile lifts the nose and tail before the traditional contact points, so turns are effortless and catch-free. Our testers deemed this deck primed for press-ability. "I locked right into my tail press and creased the whole rail, no problem," quipped one smug tester. This true twin is a little wider than some of the other boards on this list, so it could be a good option for larger footed gals.

Length (cm):

142

145

148

Flex: 6 /10

Camber: Hybrid--camber with early-rise nose and tail

Base: Sintered

Shape: Twin

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

Price: $449.95
Brand Name

Nitro

Gender

Womens

Style

Park

Product Type

Snowboard

Length

142, 145, 148

Manufacturers URL

https://www.nitrousa.com/en/

Rad-Bad

Tester Quote: “It is a little stiff but it’s still a great ride. If it had a little softer core it would definitely press easier, but it’s a great ride that goes both way, as it should.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Gallery ID

1000328653

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2018

Tester Quote: "It is a little stiff but it's still a great ride. If it had a little softer core it would definitely press easier, but it’s a great ride that goes both way, as it should."

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.