Nitro Quiver Cannon 2019

We hesitate to admit it, but skiers might be onto something. While our snow-sliding counterparts wear extra centimeters as some sort of merit badge, we, as snowboarders, often seem scared of them. Length should be acknowledged for its benefits. There are certain aspects of snowboarding for which there is no substitute for its properties—namely, speed, float, and stability. Part of Nitro's Quiver series, designed around the idea that one snowboarder can benefit from multiple boards, the Cannon 173 is big. Its massive swallowtail plays well in the pow with its humongous nose. It can make large pillow stacks feel like casual endeavors and glide-able paths out of flat sections where other boards would bog. But the argument against length has always regarded maneuverability as its counter. This is where the Cannon truly shines. Its 1.73 meters of mass turn shockingly quick and dart between trees with ease. Part of this is due to its narrow waist width and relatively soft flex, especially in the nose. Though the Quiver, for most, isn't an everyday snowboard, you may be surprised at the percentage of days on which it is both a viable and welcome option—deep ones for certain, but anytime when speed and stability are welcome, the Cannon comes through.

Length should be acknowledged for its benefits. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

MSRP: $520

Sizes: 173

Specs and Features:

  • Tapered swallowtail
  • All terrain flex
  • Powercore II
  • Bi-lite laminates
  • Sintered speed formula HD base

The massive swallowtail plays well in the pow with its humongous nose. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

This board can make large pillow stacks feel like casual endeavors. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Swallow tail. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

It turns shockingly quick and darts between trees with ease. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

While it's hard to have a bad time riding powder, doing so on a board designed specifically for that purpose elevates the experience. Float is the ultimate goal of a powder board, which can be achieved through a variety of characteristics. Taper means the board's nose is wider than its tail, allowing the board to plane easier in deep snow. Setback inserts work in a similar way, creating more nose than the tail. Strategically designed rocker and camber profiles can enhance float by affecting the way the board reacts to powder. Additional surface area, especially in the nose, is an especially importance trait in a powder board and can be enhanced through additional length, width, or a blend of both. We found the ideal venue to assess these characteristics, by way of a place called Baldface Lodge. Nestled in the British Columbia backcountry, Baldface is accessible in the winter only by helicopter—or a combination of boat and snowcat when there are too many flakes falling to fly. It is a powder paradise unlike anywhere in the world. We showed up here to a fresh meter and a storm that piled up deeper and deeper. Reviewing powder boards: It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

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