Snowboard Life’s Top 25 Board Test 2000 Nitro Shadow

“This one rips the short turns,” Kurt says. “Feels balanced and light. Ride it with a stance of about twenty inches and be stoked because you’ll have more nose.”

Not ideal for a tentative rider with small feet. Testers also note the Shadow tends to ride short-a good freestyle board with freeriding abilities.

This series replaces the Seth Neary pro model and was designed in conjunction with Seth, Mark Reilly, and Jonathan Smallwood. The Shadow features a high-performance freestyle shape with a new tri-progressive sidecut: tight in front, mellower in the middle, and very tight toward the tail. The result, according to Nitro, is a board that’s forgiving in the most demanding freestyle and freeriding situations, and delivers forward and switch turning power.