NITRO QUIVER CANNON
MSRP: $520 Sizes: 173
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.