Hello and welcome to my Nidecker Mosquito Review.
In this review I will take a look at the Mosquito as a Freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Mosquito a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and also see how it compares with other Freeride snowboards.
Board: Nidecker Mosquito
Price: $649 (USD recommended retail)
Style: Freeride (short/wide)
Flex Rating: Stiff (8/10)
Flex Feel: Mid-Stiff (7.5/10)
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 Mosquito’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Mosquito’s specs and available sizes.
Directional Hybrid Camber | Nidecker's "Surfy Camrock"
Mildly heavier than normal
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Mosquito Most Suited To?
The Mosquito is best suited to someone looking for a short wide powder board to compliment their quiver. Not really a quiver of one kind of board, unless you only go up for powder. Particularly good for powder in trees.
Whilst it's small in length, and not massive in terms of width for a short wide, it's quite stiff, so it's more board than you think, so certainly not for beginners.
The Mosquito in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Mosquito is capable of.
Board: Nidecker Mosquito 2022, 152cm (260mm waist width)
Date: December 14, 2021
Sunshine and blue skies with fresh snow. Just a whisper of wind.
Temp -4°C (25°F) and -5°C (23°F) with wind chill factor.
24hr snow: 10cm
48hr snow: 24cm
7 day snow: 68cm
On groomer: Well groomed first thing. Soft on top, firm but definitely jot icy underneath. Overall medium firmness groomers.
Off groomer: All pow baby!
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 520mm (20.5″)
Stance Setback: Setback 30mm (1.2") on effective edge. Setback 130mm (5.1") on overall length of board. Big difference between nose and tail!
Width at Inserts: 272mm (10.71") at front insert and 266mm (10.47") at back insert*
*note that Nidecker actually publishes width at inserts! Which is really cool. First brand I've come across that does this. Hopefully others start doing it too. Nidecker measured at 272mm back insert and 267mm at front insert, so we were slightly different on the back, but only 1mm.
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 185lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 2900grams (6lbs 6oz)
Weight per cm: 19.08 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 Mosquito is a bit heavier than normal. But on snow it only feels marginally heavier than normal.
This is what this board was born to do! And I waited until I could get this board in powder to test it where it most belongs. And it didn't disappoint.
There wasn't a hint of nose diving - it just glided above the powder beautifully, like it was floating on clouds.
And it's no real surprise. Whilst the overall surface area on a the 152 (wide but not excessively so for a short wide) isn't huge, it's wide enough to have the surface area of a typical 157ish. That plus a long wide nose and very short, narrow swallow tail and some healthy rocker in the nose, help to make this board unsinkable. Not to mention an overall setback on the board of 130mm (5.1") (30mm (1.2") setback on effective edge.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Whilst there's a healthy amount of rocker in the nose, the rest of the camber profile is all camber - and you feel that on a carve. For it's stature, you can lay down a nice carve on it - shorter, sharper carves naturally, given the length and sidecut, but you can lay pretty deep into them. In powder it surfs, but it's more precise on harder snow than you'd think.
Turning: Doesn't turn effortlessly on groomers - you've got to put a bit behind it - remember this thing is really quite stiff - but you don't have to throw everything into them either.
Maneuverability at slow speeds (nimbleness): Not up there with the most nimble boards I've ridden, but still nice and nimble.
Skidded Turns: Not ultra catchy, but also not super forgiving of skidded turns either. Quite stiff and plenty of camber to contend with.
This perhaps surprised me the most about this board. It actually felt quite stable at speed - a lot more than I though it would. But that stiffness really helps keep it quite stable despite it's small size.
It was really damp - whilst you could see the nose vibrating (how could it not being that long) you hardly felt any of that resonate under foot.
Crud: For the most part it wants to just float over top, but when it has to it can smash crud to bits as well. It has a penchant for sticking to the snow - and this includes when in crud - it doesn't get bucked around easily. And if you do get thrown off your line a little it's pretty easy to correct. That dampness really helped here too.
Bumps: It's a nimble board, so weaving between bumps was really good.
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I didn't expect this board to be good with jumps, and this time it didn't surprise me. It wasn't very good. Not what it's designed for of course, but I still like to jump on any board I get on - not like you can't do it, but just not very exciting. This one prefers to be grounded.
Pop: Gotta give it hell to get any pop out of it - and even then there's not oodles.
Approach: Pretty stable and at the same time quite easy to correct course when you need to - so you can track a line but it's also fine for seeking out trickier approaches - for the likes of side hits.
Landing: Pretty solid on a landing, but there's not a lot of forgiveness there for if you get it wrong.
Side-hits: Approach is OK, but otherwise, didn't like it that much for side hits.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Medium
Not great - felt weird and no surprise there, there's almost no tail on this thing. It's so geared to ride in one direction that riding it backwards just feels wrong.
Easy enough to get spin around because of it's size, but setting up/landing switch is awful and trying to get it to pop to get yourself the time to get around on smaller takeoffs isn't easy. But not what this board was designed for, of course.
If you want a board to butter with, this is not it. There's basically no flex in a tail press and whilst there's a bit more flex you can get out of the nose, it feels super weird, because of how long the nose is - and there's not control there. And the difference of feel between the nose and tail is huge. Definitely not a butterer. But again, not what it was designed for.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The Mosquito excelled in powder - which was expected - but it was surprisingly good for carving and at speed - and was quite nimble too. Get powder in the trees as we had, and this thing is home.
It's not a one board quiver, unless you have a very specialized style and only really go out on powder days.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
Check out the links below for more info on the Mosquito, 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 Mosquito compares to other freeride decks check out the link below.
Got one a few weeks ago – and did not have any powder yet. BUT this thing is pure joy if you are into surfing the mountain. Especially quick & slashy carves off the backfoot in banked / mogul terrain.
Just to add to your review – looking forward to some powder pleasure 🙂
Thanks for your input, much appreciated. You’re going to love it when you get some powder!
You are right – it is great in powder 🙂
Thanks for the update Rico – and glad you found some powder!