As a rider that primarily rides the big mountain and backcountry I didn’t know how to feel when I first strapped into the 2012 Burton Nug. I generally like to steer clear of the park and the majority of the people surrounding it. I felt like a child being on a only a 146 centimeter board and was very skeptical the entire lift ride up, I mean, what am I suppose to do on a board that only came up to my chest? The Nug is a bit different than other boards being that the goal is to ride a board that is about 10 centimeters shorter than what one regularly rides. The first thing I noticed was the width of the board, this tiny Nug was more than accommodating to my size twelve foot for there was absolutely no way for my toe or heel to drag. I got off the lift, strapped in and expected another squirrelly mini board that would be fun for a run or two only because it was different than what I generally rode. I am not usually a fan of reverse camber or V-Rocker on snowboards, but I have to admit that I loved the way the Nug rode. From the top of the catwalk to the bottom of the mountain, I couldn’t wipe the stupid grin off my face that seems to be a permanent partner of this board. I loved the way the Nug handled, spun and dug into the snow, but I really fell in love when I landed a flawless Cab 540 with about the same amount of effort it takes to spin a 180 on my Burton Blunt. The pop on this tiny thing was amazing, I never once felt like I was on a smaller board even while landing.
I was not only an instant fan I was completely hooked after one hit on the Nug. No other board rivals the amount of instant fun surrounding this piece of equipment. It wasn’t merely a park board, but surprisingly it could handle itself well on groomers, hard-pack, and powder. It responded well and held tight turns in the trees and was extremely stable and high speeds, a marvel that no micro board has ever been able to accomplish. The new “Squeezebox” technology introduced by Burton seems to make a great impact on riding by giving more flex under-foot and a stiffer nose and tail. This design pulls the ends upwards allowing the board to be ridden in a variety of conditions while giving the board extreme maneuverability without sacrificing stability (a detailed explanation of this new technology can be found here http://www.burton.com/mens-boards-custom-flying-v-squeezebox-snowboard/245744,default,pd.html). Instead of burring the nose in the powder, which as a 210 pound man I would generally do on shorter boards, the Nug simply floated on top just like longer and wider boards do. Honestly, I was more impressed by the Nug than I have been by a snowboard in a long time, I only have positive things to say about this amazingly fun and unique snowboard.
The Bottom line:
If you ever get a chance take a spin on a Burton Nug definitely do so, or buy one for yourself, you will not regret one minute of it. Who knew bringing a Nug on the mountain could be so much fun?