In this review I will take a look at the Alpha APX as a Freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Alpha APX a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and also see how it compares with other Freeride snowboards.
Board: Nidecker Alpha APX
Price: $569 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Mid-Stiff (8/10 on Nidecker’s flex scale)
Flex Feel: Mid-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 85.3/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 35 Men’s Freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Alpha APX’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Alpha APX’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Camber | Nidecker's "Surfy Camrock"
Sintered (Nidecker's "N-9000" base)
Lighter than normal
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
* the 162W is a new size as of the 2023 model
Who is the Alpha APX Most Suited To?
The Alpha APX is a great option for someone looking for something to handle a large variety of terrains - and someone who wants something that can lay into a carve pretty well when they want to, but also something that can get surfy when slashing and riding pow.
Certainly not for the beginner, but easier to ride than I was expecting and shouldn't be a problem for a higher end intermediate rider.
The Alpha APX in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Alpha APX is capable of.
Board: Nidecker Alpha APX 2022, 158cm (258mm waist width)
Date: January 18, 2022
Cloudy and a little misty - visibility was OK in spots but quite bad in other spots.
Temperature: 32°F (0°C) - no wind chill - not a breath of wind.
24hr snow: 0" (0cm)
48hr snow: 0" (0cm)
7 day snow: 9" (22cm)
On groomer: Slushy and ungroomed. Very bumpy uneven conditions even on groomer.
Off groomer: Pretty sketchy - mostly slushy with lots of tree debris.
But also rode this a second day in better groomer conditions where I could open out and carve a little easier.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 21.3″ (540mm)
Stance Setback: Setback 3/4" (10mm)*
*on effective edge - on total length of board setback more like 2" (52.5mm)
Width at Inserts: 10.57" (268.5mm) at front insert and 10.59" (269mm) at back insert.
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 6lbs 3oz (2800grams)
Weight per cm: 17.72 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.43 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 100 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021 *& 2022 models. The Alpha APX is lighter than normal. And it feels just a little lighter on snow too. It's got this super smooth feeling and a feeling like it's a magnet to the snow - but at the same time doesn't feel heavy - usually I find smoother boards like this to feel a little heavier but not in this case.
Didn't have any to test it in either of the times I rode it, but it just felt so surfy at times, I reckon this thing would be super fun in powder.
And the specs suggest it should be good to. It's got a rounded 3D nose, a healthy amount of rocker in the nose before the contact point and whilst the setback on effective edge is only 3/4" (20mm), it's setback on the overall length of the board by closer to 2 1/4" (55mm), due to the longer nose than tail, in addition to the setback on effective edge. There's also a small taper.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Given how surfy it feels when you try to get loose on it, it carves really well, when you lock into an edge.
Turning: It's pretty easy to initiate turns on despite being stiffer - and when you get looser with the slashes this thing feels super surfy.
Maneuverability at slow speeds (nimbleness): It's not lightning quick edge to edge but for it's flex, it's pretty agile at slower speeds.
Skidded Turns: It's got a big bow of camber in it - 10.5mm at the highest point (unweighted)! But it's not catchy. The rocker and rounded 3D nose likely play a large part in that.
It has such a smooth, damp feel to it and when you open it out, it responds. Giving you a nice stable, minimal chatter ride when bombing.
Crud: It was able to smash through or over the crud, and we had a lot of it on the first day I rode it, really well.
Bumps: Pretty good. It was fairly good at short/sharp turns and generally navigated bumps, either over top or in between really well.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
. Not a lot of snap/pop. Neither super easy not a super high ceiling. Just aboard that is smooth and likes to stay on ground. Landings pretty solid. Side hits hard to judge today but reckon it'd be average at best
Pop: Not a lot of pop. Pop wasn't super easy to extract either and there wasn't a bucket load when you really loaded it up either.
Approach: Stable but with some forgiveness.
Landing: Solid landings, without being a stomper.
Side-hits: Not amazing, but did OK.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Better for bigger jumps, but would be fine on any.
It's pretty directional, but it didn't feel too bad riding switch. The taper is fairly minimal and the setback on effective edge isn't massive, but I still thought it would be worse than it felt. Still not amazing though.
Not terrible. There was some pressability in the tip and tail - and whilst it did feel different to press the nose and the tail, it wasn't galaxies different.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The thing that impressed and surprised me the most about the Alpha APX was how surfy you could get it to feel. When you really lent into the edge and committed to a carve, it reacted and gave you a carve, but when you wanted to surf, it was just so surfy. Not sure how that's achieved, given the relative stiffness of it and given it's ability to also carve so well - but it does it somehow.
And across the board, it just rides well - sure it's not awesome for freestyle or park stuff, but for everything it's so versatile - there's no terrain where this thing can go and not only get by, but thrive, whether it be a perfectly laid groomer to carve, the messiest crud at the end of the day, bumps, trees, ice or powder, this thing has got it all covered.
And somehow it achieves all of this with a price well below the average for this category.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
Check out the links below for more info on the Alpha APX, where to buy or if you are researching prices or available sizes.
If your keen to check out some other Freeride options or to see how the Alpha APX compares to other freeride decks check out the link below.