Nidecker was founded in 1887, in the tiny township of Etoy, Switzerland. At that time, it was a very different sort of business, specialized in woodworking along the lines of wheels and tables, but it took more nearly a century of experience and made use of it in 1984, when it officially became a snowboarding company.
Nidecker works with wood in everything it does, and it shows. Most of Nidecker's boards are made with full wood cores, and those that aren't still incorporate strong wood construction into their make. With Nidecker's mastery of wood, it holds up perfectly against slams and weaves, against wet and cold. There's not a lot that can challenge good, old-fashioned wood, and that goes double when it's worked by a company with formulas and processes as developed as Nidecker's.
Nidecker's snowboard designs might seem understated at first glance, and probably at second glance, too. But there's a lot of care put into them. Once they're constructed, they're accented with a variety of small but important features and completed with both appropriate decals and shining, protective finishes. Although Nidecker's snowboards tend to use more muted colours, dark reds and blues with white and wood colours, it all comes together to make a very good look.
Nidecker's snowboards are traditional, frequently featuring full wood cores and strong bases. But they're designed for use by intermediate to skilled snowboarders, and their simplicity is deceptive. Some of their free-ride snowboards even maximize both control and speed, making them perfect for advanced boarders. Their snowboards can move fast and last a long time, and if that's not enough to inspire security, they often come with a two-year warranty.
Many of Nidecker's snowboards already come with bindings, ready for use. But Nidecker's bindings are high-quality, with lots of added security, and they're also sold on their own in the event that you need a replacement for an old board or if you just want to keep a spare. Though they're not made of wood, these bindings tend to have some of the same firmness in construction that Nidecker's snowboards do.