Hello and welcome to my Niche Story snowboard review.
In this review I will take a look at the Story as an all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Story a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain snowboards.
Board: Niche Story 2016-17
Price: $574 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 90.2/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 26 Men’s All-Mountain snowboards that I rated:
- The average price was $510 (USD)
- The average score was 81.8/100
- The highest score was 90.9/100
- The lowest score was 65.2/100
- The Story ranked 3rd out of 26
Overview of the Story’s Specs
Check out the tables below for the Story’s specs and available sizes.
|Recommended Price||$574 (USD)||Style||All-mountain|
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Weight||Normal|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker (multi-camber)||Turn Initiation||Easy|
|Stance Setback||Setback 20mm||Base||Sintered|
|Waist Width (mm)||258||262||265|
|Weight Range (kgs)||Not supplied||Not supplied||Not supplied|
Who is the Story Most Suited to?
The Story is perfect for anyone who wants a snowboard that they can do it all on – and go anywhere on the mountain. About the only weakness is in jibbing. So basically if you’re not that worried about jibbing but want to be able to do a bit of everything else, then this board should be high on your list.
It’s also great for anyone that places importance on eco-friendly snowboard building. Niche is one of, if not the, most eco-friendly snowboard companies out there.
Not for the beginner. It’s too stiff for a beginner rider. You’d have trouble controlling this thing as a beginner. But for intermediate & up it’s great if you want just one board to do everything on.
The Story in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Story is capable of.
Board: Niche Story 2017, 159cm (262mm waist width)
Date: April 9th, 2016
Conditions: Icy at first, but softened up and got a bit slushy in the afternoon. Not a cloud in the sky! It was the ideal day – in terms of the weather – except that I left my sunscreen in the car!
Bindings angles: +18/-6
I didn’t get any powder as such on the day, but I did get some slush to float over and it felt good floating over that – and was a teaser for how this thing would float over some deep powder.
And the specs definitely suggest that it will be a good floater – and from reviews from others. The Story has a hybrid rocker shape – the rocker between the feet helps this board to float. It also has a 20mm setback stance – this also helps with float in powder.
Carving & Turns
This board was fun to carve on, even in the icy conditions I had in spots. The edge-hold is great and it didn’t feel washy even with wide carves at speed.
The hybrid rocker shape also features camber sections under the foot and out towards the tip and tail. These camber sections help with the Story’s edge-hold which improves the board’s carving abilities and gives some good spring out of turns.
The edge-hold in those hard and icy conditions is also helped by the Story’s magne-traction edges which helps it to grip – this makes it especially appealing for anyone who regularly faces icy conditions.
The Story’s medium-stiff flex also helps with its edge-hold.
There’s going to be a running theme here – and that’s that the Story is good at pretty much everything. And speed is no exception. This board was fast and glided well on flats.
And most importantly, it felt stable when riding at speed – I didn’t get any washy feeling when letting it rip.
The medium-stiff flex, the camber sections in the profile and the sintered base (when waxed, which it was), are mostly responsible for the speed and stability at speed for this board.
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For a medium-stiff flexing board it was surprisingly easy to negotiate bumpy terrain. I’ve got no answers to the reason why – it just felt better than expected. It won’t ride the bumps like a soft flexing board but it was pretty good and better than expected.
It was really fun going over jumps (and lips and rollers and anything that I could air off) on this deck. The landing was probably the best part. It had a really stable feeling on landings.
But it’s also got plenty of pop – thanks largely to those camber sections but also probably the Basalt Stringers (eco-friendly carbon fibre) have something to do with that too.
Also this board is pretty maneuverable but you can also hold your line well – so I felt confident with approaches to jumps. If I had a good line you could stick with it but if you need to adjust this board responds well.
With a directional shape and a 20mm setback it was never going to feel perfect riding switch – but in saying that, you could definitely do it and the more you rode it the more you’d get used to how it rides in the other direction.
The biggest weakness of this board. To be honest I only hit one box – it wasn’t horrible. You can hit the occasional jib, but it’s the only below average part of this board.
I could have done more down the jib line – but to be honest I wanted to spend my time on this thing doing the things that are really fun on it.
I didn’t take the Story into a pipe but based on the specs I think it would feel right at home there. It’s got great edge-hold, it’s got speed, it’s got pop.
The only thing that stops it from being perfect is that it’s not a centered board – but that directional setback setup is what helps it to be good in other areas.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||90.2/100|
This board is do everything, everywhere defined.
It was super fun to ride and you can feel confident taking it anywhere on the mountain. And to boot it’s built in possibly the most eco-friendly way of any board out there.
No surprise then that it ranked 3rd in my Top 10 All Mountain Snowboards list.
The biggest surprise for me was how this board felt and handled, give that it’s a mid-wide. I usually hate riding wide boards. Anything over 260mm usually starts to feel cumbersome and hard to turn. The Story was the exception to that for me.
The 159 has a 262mm waist width but I could have mistaken it for a 258mm at widest. I have size 10 boots. If you’ve got anything from a size 10.5 to 12.5 it would feel even better. The 156 has a 258mm waist and the 162 has a 265mm width but I’d take off 3-4mm for how wide this board feels.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in the Story, check out the links below for more info or if you want to research prices and current availability.
- Niche Story at REI (2016-17 model)
- Niche Story at snowboards.com (2014-15 model)
If you want to check out some other all-mountain options or compare the story to other all-mountain decks check out the next link.