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Never Summer SL Snowboard 2014

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If versatility is what you're after, the 2014 Never Summer SL Snowboard is what you seek. NS modified their Custom Flight Core to reduce weight and increase pop. They've also added Carbon VXR Laminate Technology for powerful edge response and control. The lightweight RDS 2 Dampening System provides the perfect balance of freeride vibration and absorption and freestyle liveliness. Slightly setback for powder floatation but centered enough to spin, this is a one man army that excels on harpack, in the park, natural features and all around freeriding.

Product Details

Rocker Type

Original Rocker & Camber Profile (RC)Rocker underfoot for flotation, mobility, and a forgiving feel, plus camber extending from the outside of the mounting area to the transition area for superior edge hold and explosive pop. The transition area at the end of the camber extends to the effective edge keeping the board from pushing against the snow for effortless glide while making it less likely to catch an edge. RC delivers all the benefits of a rocker design with the spring, stability and edgehold of camber.

Flex

Flex Rating (1 Soft - 10 Stiff)5, medium flex good for pipe and park / freestyle riding

Shape

Directional TwinMount it twin or ride it directional. It does it all.

Vario Power Grip SidecutMulti-radius sidecut adds increased edgehold precisely where it's needed most, from 2 inches outside of each binding and inward toward the center of the board, providing added control and response in any conditions (Sidecut Radius numbers are an average).

Core

NS Custom Flightcoreis the most technically advanced core system they've ever used. These cores fuse premium hardwood and ultra light softwood laminates together with vertical layers of elastomeric vibration dampers. These lightweight perimeter dampers actually increase vibration absorption the faster you ride while maintaining an incredible amount of snap and liveliness, providing a level of edgehold and high speed performance that only a Never Summer snowboard can deliver.

Laminates

Bi-Lite FiberglassBI-LITE fiberglass combines many of the strength characteristics of STS ADVANCED fiberglass with an ultra light glass fiber matrix. This delivers incredible freestyle and freeride performance without sacrificing durability.

STS Pretensioned FiberglassThe world's best snowboard fiberglass, period. STS ADVANCED FIBERGLASS is pre-hardened, pre-tensioned, layered laminate that has added elastomer stringers between the 0 degree and 90 degree glass fibers the length of the effective edge. This produces a stronger bond between the individual glass laminates giving this snowboard unmatched strength, edge hold and performance.

Carbon VXR Laminate TechnologyThe CARBON VXR system is specifically designed for the SL, Legacy, Evo, Revolver and Infinity freestyle snowboards. Dual carbon v's help transfer more energy to the tip and tail without making these boards too stiff for buttering and presses. This is the most versatile Carbon system for those that prefer a freestyle feel to their board whether in the park or freeriding the mountain.

RDS 2 Damping SystemThis lightweight system uses three narrower laminated damping layers that provide the perfect combination of vibration absorption and stability. RDS 2 is specifically designed for the SL, Legacy and Infinity.

Sidewalls

Sintered P-Tex SidewallUnlike conventional ABS sidewalls, that have a tendency to crack in colder temperatures, SINTERED P-TEX SIDEWALLS maintain their integrity at any temperature.

P-Tex tip and tail protection

Base

Durasurf Sintered 4501 BaseCrown Plastics has been the industry leader in sintered materials for over 36 years and has created the DURASURF 4501 sintered base exclusively for Never Summer. This new high density base is extremely fast and will provide unmatched performance and durability.

Edges

Fully Wrapped Metal EdgeProvides unmatched carving ability and edge grip

Additional Features

Elastomeric Underfoot StabilizersElastomeric Rubber Stabilizers directly below the mounting area provide optimum vibration absorption and increase high speed stability while reducing foot fatigue.

Binding Compatibility

Never Summer snowboards offer 2x4 insert patterns.

Specs

  • Terrain: All-Mountain, Freeride, Freestyle More 
  • Ability Level: Intermediate-Advanced More 
  • Rocker Type: Camber/Rocker/Camber More 
  • Flex Rating: Medium More 
  • Core/Laminates: Carbon, Wood
  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Made in the USA: Yes
Size (cm) 151 153 155 158 161
Effective Edge (mm) 1180 1200 1210 1230 1260
Tip Width (mm) 285 288 295 298 301
Waist Width (mm) 243 244 251 253 255
Tail Width (mm) 285 288 295 298 301
Sidecut Radius (m) Vario 709 Vario 740 Vario 750 Vario 750 Vario 765
Width Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular

Reviews

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Never Summer SL Snowboard 2014
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Carving ability (6)
  • Smooth stability (6)
  • Fast (4)
  • Good flexibility (4)
  • Lots of pop (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • All mountain (6)
  • Freeriding (3)
  • Powder (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

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5.0

Best Board Ever!!!

By 

from Bloomington, IN

About Me Intermediate

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Carving Ability
  • Good for beginner
  • Lightweight
  • Lots Of Pop
  • Smooth Stability

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Mountain
    • Freeriding
    • Powder

    Comments about Never Summer SL Snowboard 2014:

    I'm new to snowboarding. I got this board the 6th time I went down slopes. It is absolutely amazing! Great turns, great control, and great stability! Absolutely stunning. Two weeks after this I bought another Burton Custom Flying V, great board also. But I still like this one better.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Awsome ride

    By 

    from Toronto Canada

    About Me Intermediate

    Pros

    • Carving Ability
    • Fast
    • Good Flexibility
    • Lots Of Pop
    • Smooth Stability
    • Well Balanced

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Mountain
      • Powder
      • Speed

      Comments about Never Summer SL Snowboard 2014:

      Great ride. Eats powder but just as good on hardpack. Quiet and vibration free. Makes you feel you're riding on air in deep pow.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Best All-round Board Gets Better

      By 

      from The Wasatch

      About Me Expert

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Carving Ability
      • Fast
      • Good Flexibility
      • Lightweight
      • Lots Of Pop
      • Smooth Stability
      • Tough
      • Well Balanced

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Mountain
        • Freeriding

        Comments about Never Summer SL Snowboard 2014:

        I bought my first Never Summer SLR from the introductory retail demo week-end at Taos in '09. It was the best board of the 9 I had owned. This new SL is the same thing but noticably improved. I've been riding since the 83/84 season, have attended summer camp on Mt. Hood, instructed for 5 years in New England and currently average just a little less than 100 day and 1,000,000 vert. feet per year. I have boarded at least 100 lift served areas.

        Never Summer SL with the reverse camber have been a great all mountain/all style boards from the beginning but the chages on this model just make it magic. It's response to control input is very quick and very predictable; I believe this comes from a change in the stiffness pattern and subtle adjustments in the side-cut. It behaves very well in rough stuff; I attribute this to a change in the damping -- it eliminates vibration without becoming a wet noodle.

        The original reverse camber models were very much affected by stance position and by nose to tail weight shifts. Without negating the reverse camber benefits, this model is not as sensitive to where the center of gravity is but still responds to nose to tail shifts in an appropriate way to allow easy control in every thing from deep powder to landing jumps on hard pack in the park.

        I've only put in about 15 days in the Wasatch on this board but it is clear that this is a keeper.

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        5.0

        Awesome!

        By 

        from Salida, Co

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Carving Ability
        • Fast
        • Smooth Stability
        • Tough
        • Well Balanced

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Mountain

          Comments about Never Summer SL Snowboard 2014:

          I bought this board because I liked the craving action and stability. It is a solid board. I have a friend that has the legacy and loves it!

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          5.0

          Smooth and Fast

          By 

          from Milwaukee, Wi

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Carving Ability
          • Fast
          • Good Flexibility
          • Lightweight
          • Smooth Stability
          • Tough

          Cons

          • Dings Easily

          Best Uses

          • All Mountain

          Comments about Never Summer SL Snowboard 2014:

          The board is really nice. I personally like to do more riding vs. terrain park snowboarding, and I find this board really quick to maneuver and responsive. The edges stay sharp after many days and are great for carving. Only bizarre thing is this fraying of the top ply that I get. Nothing major, but the edges of the top fly seem to have little slivers fall off occasionally, just weird because this was happening when I took the board out of the box upon arrival. Other than the minuscule cosmetic issue, the board is phenomenal. The top ply dings easily, but the base is fine.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great Board for Beginners

          By 

          from Bloomington, IN

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Carving Ability
          • Good Flexibility
          • Lots Of Pop
          • Smooth Stability
          • Well Balanced

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Mountain
            • Freeriding
            • Park
            • Powder

            Comments about Never Summer SL Snowboard 2014:

            I'm a true beginner, third time snowboarding only. I spent so much time online doing research on snowboards before I made the purchase. However, there are not many suggestions over snowboards in this price range($500+) so that I made the order with doubts and hesitations. It turned out to be this is a GREAT snowboard, it helps me turn and everything. If you want a simple forgiving board, this is it!

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