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 Post subject: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:41 pm 
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Location: Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand
Hi
I've just become the proud owner of an old Splitty.
It's an Austrian made Nitro called a SnowHow. Beautifully made and in pristine condition. Hard plate Fritschi bindings that slot in and out of ride/tour with precision engineering at it's finest.
Came with Nitro bag, Nitro skins in a Nitro skin bag and Nitro telescopic poles.
I'm completely thrilled with it.
Anyway, it's likely to date from the mid 90's i'm thinking.
Does anyone out there have any more information on these boards?
Now I just have to find the right one-peice to match!


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:11 am 
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Wow. Rad. Where did you find this? Do you live in Europe?

Nitro brought these to market during the 93-94 season. I believe it was a collaboration between Nitro and the Snowhow company, which was an early Euro splitboard company. I found these vintage pics of the board and people riding it (linked below). I'd love it if you could post some close-ups of the board and its interface system.

http://www.zurich.ibm.com/~bmi/SNOWHOW2.JPG

http://www.zurich.ibm.com/~bmi/SNOWBOCP.GIF

http://www.zurich.ibm.com/~bmi/SNOWBOCQ.GIF

http://www.zurich.ibm.com/~bmi/SNOWBOCR.GIF

http://www.zurich.ibm.com/~bmi/SNOWBOR.GIF

Here's a sweet one-piece for ya:

http://cdn.epicski.com/d/d6/d64fbf0b_shea-guy.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:26 am 
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Yeah, it was 93-94. Here's a good overview of the board, complete with close-ups of the board and the interface system. I love how similar the shovel shape is to some of the "new" pow shapes - like the Chimera Mace and the Jones Hovercraft.

Check it out:

http://www.snowboardmuseum.de/board/show/id/255

I'd be really interested to see some specs on this if you have the time to measure it - especially taper, shovel and waste width. Careful with those Fristchi bales, they were prone breaking (like most bales of that era).

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:25 pm 
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Samiam
I have one of these too, but not lucky enough to have the poles and skins.
Mine is a 169 and like you said the plate binding setup looks like it was made by NASA.
Ther only prob is the heal levers are not that great , but I dont think I will give it a try on the Mountain, one for the collection.
Got any Pics?
Ill list some photos of mine soon

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:02 pm 
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Europe? Why would I live there?
New Zealand! More fun on the top hemisphere any day. The sheep are prettier too!
More specifically i own a ski shop @ Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa ski area.
Thanks taylor for the info.
Yes that's the board in those shots, mines red though. Mines a 169 and in better condition than that one!
Now I'm going to ask a dumb question...
Measuring a splitboard, how do i do it? Half or whole?
Binding bales..hmmm I agree, that's why I'm reluctant to ever use it. That said it's spent it's entire life in a bag, so UV has not been working it's evil way on the plastic. Should I?

By the way, am I missing something here, how do I post photos? I can't see the appropriate button..

One-peice. Good, but I have better, I have a whole collection of fashion disasters! Pictures required again

Speaking of collections...
I also have
Nitro asym, goofy, Epic 154. "Petra Mussig edition" Never ridden! Any info?
Burton Performer...(http://www.snowboardmuseum.de/board/show/id/479), mine's identical to that,no bindings though, dammit.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:15 am 
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Guys
The 169 board measures
Nose 256mm
Waist 248mm
Tail 265mm
Some closeups

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Aonther board with the same interface. great looking Swallowtail!

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:59 pm 
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Good shots, thanks Firstlight.
Yes mine's identical to yours.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:03 pm 
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Thanks for posting pics and board dimensions - I really enjoy seeing the early split designs up-close. How interesting that the Nitro is almost 1 cm wider at the tail than the shovel.

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:36 pm 
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Ah
Slight typo
Nose 265mm
Waist 248mm
Tail 256mm

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:13 pm 
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That makes more sense... Except for switch. :)

Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:53 pm 
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Classic

...resisting the urge to count drill holes.....and waiting for burton to post about too many holes :nononno: :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Nitro SnowHow, any info?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:16 am 
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Luv that interface,
simple strong, and efficient.
Why can't I buy a modern lighter weight system like that :scratch: .
Makes the voile w/ mt plate look pretty cheesey

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