The smallest of decisions we make on a daily basis matter. At Niche Snowboards, our goal from day one has been to create quality snowboards using environmentally conscious materials and manufacturing practices. We are honored to have partnered with The Mothership: the world’s most environmentally friendly snowboard factory. From sourcing materials locally, to being run off of 100% hydro power and putting out ZERO CO2 emissions with their natural gas heating system, The Mothership is the most advanced snowboard factory on the planet. We are all connected, and we hope to bring you even better products, made proudly in Austria.
The Mothership is directly connected to the river Gail, which provides 100% of the energy used for heating and cooling of the facility, as well as the energy for production.
By using the NH3 natural gas heating system, for every 1 unit of energy consumed by the system, 5 units of energy for heating and cooling is achieved.
By using regional ground travel instead of obtaining materials from every corner of the globe to be shipped back out again, less energy is used, less emissions are released, and local businesses are supported.
We’re different, here’s how
Our use of alternative construction materials is what makes Niche unique, and these actually make our boards lighter, have better vibration dampening, added elasticity, and more durable! Traditional snowboard manufacturing is pretty toxic, and we want to change that by using eco-friendlier materials. From harmful resins to the use of trees from forests that aren’t replanted, there are many facets of manufacturing that not only harm the planet, but also the people who put those products together. Through years of research and development, we’ve come up with a unique blend of alternative materials that are not only better for the earth but also improve performance! We’re certainly not perfect and there is always an unavoidable footprint when making any product, but we firmly believe that even small steps lead to big differences, and we continually seek out more eco-friendly construction materials. Please read on to see how every snowboard we make is better for the earth.
Today, boards have many different kinds of camber – an industry word for the concave or convex shape of a board. Camber basically determines how the board flexes when you stand on it. This makes a big difference in how a board reacts to different terrain. Different types of camber produce different amounts of edge contact and pressure on the snow depending on the model/technology, which changes how a board turns, snaps, and feels underfoot. So before you choose, ask yourself what you want form your new board and review this breakdown of camber options.
Traditional camber is a mellow convex rise from the contact points of the tip and tail inward with an apex at the midpoint. A rider’s edge hold and pop come from the pressure exerted and expelled when camber is flexed under a rider’s weight. This downward pressure – the flattening of camber – initiates lively turns and provides continuous edge contact with the snow. Riding a board with Traditional Camber will feel stable, help initiate strong, powerful turns, have fast and responsive edge control, and lots of pop.
Like the name says, this design has zero camber. A board with Flat Camber lays flush on a level surface and distributes pressure on snow in a neutral fashion. This creates a less aggressive, catch-free ride, and can be a happy medium between Traditional and Multi-Camber. It will float better in powder than Traditional Camber (similar to Multi-Camber) but remains relatively more stable and predictable than Multi-Camber. These boards can also feel more broken-in, and are easy for a novice as they tend to be more forgiving than Traditional Camber boards. Flat Camber exhibits traits from both sides of the camber spectrum with an overall balanced feel.
Multi-Camber is a camber medley, which gives you the benefits of reverse camber while maintaining optimum pop and control. These boards have a concave arc (like the letter “u’) between your feet, with a subtle convex arc (like the letter “n”) extending to the contact points of the board. This combination of cambers creates a more encompassing and versatile ride. Multi-Camber boards are great for powder float, presses, and a forgiving ride. The design essentially reduces pressure at the contact points by bringing it inward and closer to your feet.