Hello and welcome to my Niche Aether snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Aether as an all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Aether a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Board: Niche Aether
Price: $549 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 83.7/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mtn-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 33 men’s all-mtn-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Aether’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Aether’s specs and available sizes.
Directional Twin (flex pattern is directional but otherwise true twin)
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Aether Most Suited To?
The Aether is best for anyone who wants to explore everything the mountain has to offer, including the park, but to do it with a freestyle flavor.
It's got great edge-hold in hard/icy conditions, so if you get those a lot, then this might be a great option for you.
Not for beginners, but good for intermediate riders and up, for those who suit the style this board is meant for.
The Aether in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Aether is capable of.
Board: Niche Aether 2020, 156cm (256mm waist width)
Date: March 2, 2019
Bright blue skies. Groomers hard but not icy. A little cruddy in places.
Some light fresh off-groomer.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 540mm (21.3″)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 262mm (10.32")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 185lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Vans Aura
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
I rode the 2019 model of this board too and I had issues with it feeling grabby. So whilst not much changed for the 2020 model, I wanted to retest it to see if that was a one-off - and it was. This time around I didn't have those issues, which was great.
Overall 6/10, but I would say softer in the tip and tail - probably 5/10 there, and stiffer between the bindings - maybe 7/10 there. Maybe a little stiffer in the tail vs the nose.
There was a little around and the Aether felt OK but not great in there.
There isn't much going for it to make it powder friendly. It goes fine in shallower powder, but once things get deeper and steeper, this will likely tend to sink it's nose.
Carving & Turning
Carving: The Aether feels good on a carve - and it does prefer to carve than to skid but you can still get away with skidded turns on it.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: It's quite nimble at slow speeds without being ultra nimble/quick edge to edge. Felt better with a bit of speed on it.
Skids: Not the easiest to skid but can skid turns on it without too much consequence.
Not a mega-bomber, but can handle a good bit of speed. Not ultra stable when you really open it up, but stable up to some pretty good speeds.
Decent in both crud and bumps/undulations. It's relatively damp and nimble enough and flexes with the terrain well. For crud doesn't crash through it, but goes over it pretty well.
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Overall a good jumper that's stable on approach, has decent pop and a solid landing platform.
Pop: It's not ultra poppy but there's some pop there. You've got to load it up a bit to extract it - there's some there that you can access easily but if you want to get it's full pop there is some loading required.
Approach: Nice and stable on approach for any size jump but also has some.
Landing: Good solid landing platform. Almost could be more forgiving if you're just learning jumps but otherwise really good.
Side-hits: Nimble enough for trickier approaches and decent pop. Overall decent for side-hits.
Small jumps/Big Jumps: You can hit any sized jump on this board, but I would say that medium to large is it's sweet spot.
Rides well going either way.
Great for landing and taking off switch. OK for getting the spin around, but does feel quite torsionally stiff.
You can but not the easiest. Not for beginner jibbers.
Despite being on the stiffer side of medium, it's actually not to bad to butter on. It feels like it's softer tip and tail vs the middle of the board.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall the Aether is a good versatile all-mountain-freestyle board with powder it's biggest weakness and not the best for jibbing, at least for beginner jibbers.
But for jumps, carving, spins and even butters, it's really good, and can handle a bit of speed too.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Aether, or if you are ready to buy, or if you just want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other all-mountain-freestyle snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Aether compares to other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards, then check out the next link.