Mountainwatch | Joe Stanco
Our snowboard expert Joe Stanco continues his reviews of Nitro’s latest boards and this time he takes out a big beast of a board, the Nitro Cannon 203. The Cannon also comes in a 173 and Nitro says the extra length of the 203, “offers that extra float and wow factor in the line-up, on the chair, and down the wide-open back bowls. The timeless swallowtail shape and Cam-Out Camber provides the stability and float you need from steep groomers in the Rocky Mountains to untouched pow in the side country of the Swiss Alps.”
Joey may not have been in the Swiss Alps when he rode this board, but he reckons it rocked in the soft snow in Thredbo a few weeks ago: “It’s incredible man. It’s terrifying to look at but actually so easy to ride. Once you get it moving, get it on an edge it carves really easy. The fish tail holds really good on the groomers, once you get it on soft snow or slush, it sinks and loosens up.”
The Cannon 203 is for someone looking for a fast, longer board that carves but it’s also the perfect powder board for overseas. “You get it in those big bowls and it just opens up … it doesn’t get any better.”
Lengths: 173, 203
Stance range: 52-64
Shape – Swallowtail
Camber – Cam-Out
Width – Mid-Wide
Flex – All Terrain
Sidecut – Progressive
Special features – sintered Speed Formula HD Base; Powerlite Core II; Bi-lite Laminates; Standard Core Profile
Known to some as “Snow Guru Joe”, Joe Stanco has a passion for snow, snowboarding and everything that goes with it. Joey is an expert boot fitter, amateur snowboarder and product tester with “a passion for helping others find the right gear.”
He founded Joey’s Myoko in Myoko Kogen, Japan, a service/demo centre and retail store for locals and travellers and during the Australian season he does his thing out of the ESS store Jindy.
When he’s not fitting boots and giving expert advice to customers Joey is on the mountain doing a bit of “R&D” on the latest snowboards. Whether you are into pow, park or shredding the groomed, Joey can recommend the right board for you. Hit it up on his Facebook link below if you have any questions or are looking for advice.