Posted: 22 December 2011 10:59 PM
Hello guys i just bought 2012 restricted mr nice guy and I’m intermediate level snowboarder. I have paid a buckload of money for the complete set and now I’m very confused because no good reviews had been made for this board as far as I see. First of all I’m not into park snowboarding I always use regular lift zones, no powder snow either. The reason I bought this board is that its twin flex so that i can board with both directions and i like to 180 while boarding down the slope.
My questions are:
1) for intermediate level would this board cause me trouble with speed?(not bullet speed, cruizing)
2) would i have hard times on responsive turnings?
3) how will it act on ice?
For an intermediate level this board will effect me negatively or i wont feel much difference btw a regular directional board like burton custom 158?
I can return the board and buy custom 158 if you can answer me within today or i will use this 2 days later and will have live with it for 6-7 years.
Board is: mr.nice guy restricted 2012 158 my weight: 92kg height: 180cm.
Thanks in advance.
Posted: 23 December 2011 11:48 AM
I can only look at the Mr. Nice Guy on the web, and I don’t know if this will help, but here goes.
To answer your questions directly:
1) No, this board is not likely to cause you speed issues. It has a sintered base, which is better than extruded when you want speed. It’s not Burton’s fastest base, but you’ve said you’re not interested in going as fast as you possibly can. It will get you over flats eay enough, just remember to look after it with a good wax job for best performance.
2) Responsive turning… this really depends on how you ride. Any board can feel responsive, it just depends on how much effort you put into it. Generally speaking, the shorter the board, the more responsive it’s going to feel. You should however stay within the manufacturer’s weight ranges for the board, otherwise you could damage the core (if you’re too heavy), or the board will be more difficult to ride (if you’re too light). The stiffness or softness of the board doesn’t really translate into ‘responsive’. Without riding it, the best thing you can do is make sure your boots and bindings are set up properly - i.e. not too much toe or heel drag from the boots, and no gas-pedal overhang from the bindings. The bindings need to be close to the edge of the board so that when you press on your toe or heel side, the power you are using is translated to the board. All this adds up to responsiveness.
3) Ice is always a pain in the a**e. No board that I have found rides particularly well on solid ice - edges slip out, especially if you’re not expecting it under the piste. If you’re actually talking about hard pack - snow that is well ridden-in with no fresh down and usually a lack of grooming - it will actually depend on how comfortable you are with your own riding. The Mr Nice Guy doesn’t have some of the features that Burton put on their all-mountain boards for grippier edges (namely their Frostbite edges). It should still be able to cope with the hardpack - you may just have to work a little harder.
Your actual worry - whether you have bought the right board for you - based on what you’ve said you do, I think you would be OK with it on the slope, but you may find that another board would serve you better. The Mr Nice Guy is aimed at a higher level park-orientated rider who spends more time jibbing and jumping than cruising the pistes, but that’s not to say the board won’t perform there.
My b/f, when he was the same kind of level as you, bought himself a Custom X. It was a little bit more board than he wanted at the time, but he ended up loving it due to it’s uber responsive feel, ability to carve and performance prettly much everywhere. It’s a stiffer board, so it won’t be as easy to press, but if you’re not into butters and only 180 then you’ll be fine with it. Buying something like this will also let your riding progress over the next 6-7 years without holding you back. My b/f still has his X in his quiver now.
Try using the board finder on Burton’s website. It throws up a few options including the Custom X for what you want to do. It also comes up with the Pro, which would also be a good option for what you want to do.
Ultimately you need to work out what your priorities are when you ride. Is it hitting little natural bumps, buttering on the piste, and occasionally winding in and out of trees, or is it carving down a run with a few pops in between?
Posted: 31 December 2011 10:35 PM
Hi Alican, I have to assume you stayed with the Mr. Nice Guy board you purchased and went riding on it. How did it turn out and did it meet your expectations?? What did you like and not like?? Any review would be greatly appreciated as my needs and level match yours to a “T” and I was considering this board too at 155cm. I am 5’9” and 160lbs.
Posted: 25 June 2012 12:10 PM
Hi I am looking into the Mr nice guy by burton as well and would be interested in any info on it.. There isn’t many reviews out there on it. Trying to decide on the Custom or this one. Mostly do free ride as head to the hills with skiing mates, so want something to keep up with them on downhill runs. Love doing a few jumps and a little park. Not very keen on the v rocker series as board in icy conditions here in Australia most of the time. Don’t want the board sliding out from under me… I am 5’11”, 85kg (187lb) and Size 11 boot. so looking at a 157 Wide.
Would be great to hear any ones thought.. Would this board suit me or has anyone tried one..? Planning on buying in the next few weeks.. Thanks Guys, great site..
Posted: 26 July 2012 11:08 AM
Quick update on the Mr Nice Guy.. Bought a 60’ in the end with Cartel EST Bindings. Was very impressed with this setup.. Went Boarding on the weekend at Mt Hotham Vic. Australia. Very icey conditions and it handled it very well. All free-ride, mostly on semi groomed runs and handled it perfectly. Loved dodging trees off piste too.. Good all rounder.. Washed out a few times under me in the ice but I don’t know of a board out there that wouldn’t. Felt very responsive, I am an intermediate boarder and would recommend this board to anyone interested in a good camber board. And looks great too!! And this is the problem… REMEMBER TO LOCK IT UP!! I had 1 1/2 days of riding and you guessed it…. STOLEN… Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! Some little Prick out there decided to fund his weekend at my expense. Very Pissssssssssed off, as I put a lot of time and money in researching it, now all for nothing… Shame as very happy with… So buy a lock guys to save disappointment.
Posted: 26 July 2012 11:55 AM
Oh that sucks bad. Hopefully Karma will reak revenge on the thief.
Posted: 29 July 2012 04:39 PM
Damn those thiefs, they just ain’t got any respect for ppls property..