Niche Knew Snowboard Review

Niche Snowboards is one of the new kids on the block (no, not those NKOTB) in the snowboard industry. Based in SLC, Utah and manufactured in Austria they’ve got a full line of eco-friendly snowboards. The Knew is one of their freestyle-oriented boards and I took it out for some hot hot hot closing day laps.

Niche Knew

Niche Knew

Size: 156cm
Shape: 
Twin, mellow flat rocker
Bindings:
Ride Delta MVMT
Stance: 
24″ regs 15/-15 regs
Stats: 
I’m 6′ 210 lbs

Conditions: closing day spring slush, a little firm in the morning around 30F but absolute mashed potatoes and 50F by 430pm.

Flex

Felt more medium than soft in my opinion, but it should break in a little bit with a few rides. Slightly stiffer through the tips, and stiffer torsionally than many jib-oriented boards.

Ollie/Pop

Whatever Niche is doing with their Hemp Hop stringers was amazeballs. The Knew really had an insane amount of pop, it blew me away the first time I went for the rail and was way too high. Consistent front and back, on jumps, rollers & park lips.

Board's eye view of the Timberline terrain park, closing day 2012

Board's eye view of the Timberline terrain park, closing day 2012

Playfulness

The Knew is flat-rocker and that’s usually a fairly playful feel this board was no exception, pretty much hook-free. Again it’s not noodle-soft so don’t expect effortless presses but definitely doable. Bigger guys obviously will get more play out of this board littler guys it will be more of a jump board than a jib board.

Handling 

The pop on this board blew me away but the dampening was a very close second. This board is capable of chewing up the whole mountain and spitting it right back out even in the heavy wet spring slush you’re not going to get bucked by this board. On the firmer side it is also capable of holding longer, drawn out carves without fear of washing out. True twin, so it goes both ways no problemo.

The extruded base is not the fastest but Niche makes up for that with a base dimples that are so top-secret that they don’t even mention them on their website or product catalog. The dimples reduce suction and help you slide a little faster.

Pricing 

No complaints on the pricing $459 is the MSRP for the Niche Knew, check out their dealer locator to find one near you!

Summing it up 

The Niche Knew was a surprisingly serviceable all-around board so don’t pigeonhole it as a “park” only board. Versatile enough for someone who is spending 50%+ of time in the park but still dabbles on the rest of the mountain and is looking for a one board quiver. This board is going to be best for intermediate and advanced riders who spend a good amount of time in the park but are looking for a do-it-all board, but it’s forgiving flat rocker and medium flex would also be something that a beginner could use and grow in to.

 

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4 Comments
  1. pretty on point… I too wish it were a tad softer but liked the ability to take it everywhere. The Niche boards are insanely damp.. I rode a 152 Knew at Snowbird last season during the spring and it held up.

    • I tend to gravitate more towards “medium” anyways so I was pretty happy (personally) with the flex but did want to point out for anyone who might be expecting a really soft board that this one might be firmer than they want. Really the dampening and the pop were awesome. Dampening was equally there when you wanted it but not so over-damp that you couldn’t get good board feel on park features/etc. and well the pop was superb, too. Not too many boards really deliver amazing pop but that’s what I felt out of this one.

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