Nitro Glory Stomper : Good Wood 2015
Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards Under $450
Stomping is its MO. This new model to the Nitro line was built around stability for not just sending tricks but putting them down. The twin, mid-wide shape with a flat camber profile and slight rocker in the tips defines its predictable platform. Its softer flex combined with core profiling between the feet and added carbon fibers make it easy to maneuver yet still load up ollies. Meaty, 200 percent thicker, edges and Kevlar fibers under the inserts hold up to heavy riding and unforeseen impacts.
Available Sizes: 154, 156, 158
"I like how responsive this board is—it's still buttery with a smooth flex. Super good for turning and seems like it would be awesome on a pow day."
Good Wood 2015 Presented by THE-HOUSE.com
How do you pick the board that rides the way you want from the thousands of options out there? The answer: with the Good Wood 2015 Snowboard Test results. This year our 18 testers spent eight days hammering 400 boards through the park and pistes of Winter Park, Colorado. Each of these testers rides a little differently from one another, so there's something to be said when a board stokes out all who tried it. With the scores tallied for the 16th annual Good Wood, we present the best performing all-mountain and park boards of the year.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after burning some laps on each board, our test crew inputs scores for 18 characteristics that measure the ride 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 often does break a deck or three. Once the winners are calculated, the testers are long gone, and the cardboard dust has settled from shipping, we package the tester feedback and send it to the brands involved, which they can use to help make better boards.