Niche brings a lot to market with all their boards: Environmentally friendlier construction, a great brand story, a rad team, and boards that perform. They've scored numerous awards over the past few years. I've ridden hundreds of snowboards and this is the one I choose the Aether to be my main. What sold me was the boards versatile ability. It felt comfortable riding pow, slashing groomers and hitting up the park. It's rare to find a board that can do 2 of these, let alone 3. It accomplishes this with a perfect medium flex, a unique take on magnatraction and a slightly directional shape. I'd like to call out the magnatraction specifically because it is a little different than the Mervin brands. It is more aggressive in the center of the board and mellows at the contact points. I found this to cut down on any tick tocking feelings when flat lining into a jump or feature.
Size wise, I ride a 10 boot, am 5'11", 165 lbs and I ride the 156.