December 2nd, 2003, 08:45 AM
Any input on the Nitro GTO 168 would be much appreciated.
December 2nd, 2003, 04:07 PM
I own a 2000 Nitro GTX 166, which is quite similar to the GTO. The difference is that the geometry of the GTO is almost the same as that of the GTR, which is the same board as the GTX but a centimeter wider.
Performance wise, the GTX is a pretty good board in my opinion. I don't have much basis of comparison, but I know I like to ride it. It holds well and it's snappy. It absorbs terrain irregularities well without being too soft. It's more an aggressive freecarve board than a race board. If you have previous carving experience on an alpine snowboard, this one should be easy to pickup (I learned carving on a 1995 Freesurf Highlander 155 that was too short and too stiff for me). I would put it in the same category as a Donek Freecarve or F2 Silberpfeil, but I 'm not sure the Donek and F2 fans will agree.;)
I have now been using it as my only board for the last 2 years and I am very satisfied with it. The only things that I like a little less about this board is that it is pretty narrow (18.4 cm but the GTO is 19.5 cm) and the limited stance options (15-18-21" if you want to keep the same setback).
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