2020 Nitro Squash Splitboard Review

Nitro Squash Splitboard Review

The Nitro Squash Splitboard is a ripping snowboard that does well at the resort, cat skiing and for the occasional day of splitboarding. I tested the Nitro Squash while splitboarding around the Tetons.

Nitro Squash Review

The Nitro Squash Splitboard with its camber profiles is super fun going downhill on.  It’s effortless to ride even in heavy snow, making this a great board to take on cat trips. Splitboards are starting to adopt funky shapes from snowboarding and the Squash continues in that tradition.

The Nitro Squash is a Swallowtail splitboard with a Tapered build, meaning it’s bigger in the nose than the tail. This all works incredible on traditional snowboards, especially powder boards but with splitboard it comes at a price.

Essentially what you have here is a great snowboard shape that should most likely have stayed as a solid in the Nitro Quiver line.  Why?  Well for starters when the board is in splitmode both tails click while walking over each other.

Toruing on Nitro Squash Splitboard

We spend the majority of our day splitboarding on the way up, so anything that’s less than efficient sucks.  As was the case when touring on this setup.

Splitboarder on Skin Track in Teton Pass Wyoming

This made for a long and awkward day of touring, of constantly stepping on the tails of my own splitboard.

Nitro Squash Union Expedition Compatibility

The Nitro Squash Splitboard paired with the Union Expedition Bindings is a ripping setup for powder days.  I would have zero hesitation taking this splitboard to the resort on the deepest of days, cat skiing and even for a few heli laps.  The hiccup though is the rear hole patterns on the Nitro Squash Splitboard are not compatible with the Union Expedition Bindings.  Why do you ask?

Splitboard Holes

There is only 2″ of clearance between the touring brackets and rear hole pattern. Other boards, I passed on reviewing ran into this same issue. This does not allow enough room for the bindings to go on in ride mode as they hit the touring brackets and are not able to be mounted as such.

It’s a major bummer and one that will only get addressed when the industry starts working together on splitboarding.

So if you run the Expedition Bindings, you won’t be able to fully use this board in the backseat.  It’s a cambered directional board, just lean back.

Last but not least, Nitro if your listening the board is missing a crucial clip at the tail. Unless the brand is going for the split tail feel on the way down.

Overall Impression

Nitro Swallow Tail Splitboard

Did I enjoy riding this splitboard?  You better believe it.  Did I enjoy touring on this splitboard, No.  With that being said the Nitro Squash Splitboard ($599.99) is a great board for powder riding and the occasional day of splitboarding.

If your new to splitboarding this might actually be perfect as touring is going to be awkward as heck, to begin with anyway.

3.5
Nitro Squash Splitboard
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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

6 Comments on "2020 Nitro Squash Splitboard Review"

  1. Jonas Sjøveian Halvorsen | March 22, 2020 at 1:25 AM | Reply

    Hi, i do not that issue with the tails hits each other. Maybe i just have a wider stand when i Ski. I think It’s a great splitboard that handle every kind of snow. Sorry for the bad english, i’m Norwegian.

  2. Federico Moreno Di Martino | March 21, 2020 at 8:30 PM | Reply

    Hi there. Nice read! A question. Have you tried or have some opinion about the nitro dopelganger? I was thinking on getting one since i can get it at a fair price here in argentina. And what skin would you recomend for that board. Cheers!

    • Mike Hardaker | March 23, 2020 at 10:21 AM | Reply

      The Doppelganger is on our hit list to try. Combined with the Montana Montamix Skins and your’re most likely getting a solid board on the up and down.

  3. Hi Mike-just came across your review. What skins do you use with the Squash Split? I’m trying to set this board up for my wife, and the Spark/G3 skins don’t work. The clips don’t fit around the nose. Haven’t even gotten to the tail clip since the nose doesn’t work!

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