The Never Summer Funslinger is a mellower more freestyle oriented version of the Proto Type Two and one of our favorite freestyle rides. The 2017 Funslinger is the same as the 2016 and 2015 except the paint and sizing. There are more sizes than before.
2017-2015 Never Summer Funslinger Snowboard Review
The Evo use to be one of our favorite freestyle rides but after only a day on the Funslinger we all liked this better. It’s only weakness compared to the Evo is it’s float in powder but every other part of the Never Summer Funslinger we liked better.
Size: 156 and 153
Conditions: Mainly good early season sierra snow with some days that had harder patches, Hard pack, and soft perfect morning groomers.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Jack, Matt, Peter Amber Jean and a rider not on the site
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton AMB, Burton Rover Burton Fiend, Burton Fiend LTD, Salomon F3.0,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Flux DS, Union Contact Pro,Salomon Hologram, Union Contact
Set Up: Centered Approx 22.5″ to 23″wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: The NS funslinger 156 weighed 6 lbs but remember all boards do not weigh the same. Wood cores vary in weight because wood grows so just know that it feels normal to the lighter side of normal under foot. We didn’t weigh the 153
On Snow Feel: Now this augmented camber hybrid rocker board has a pretty stable ride that is close to some hybrid camber boards we rode. As far as hybrid rocker goes it’s about as easy as it get’s one footing off the chair and flat basing as we have seen. It’s a shade behind many hybrid camber boards with camber in the middle but way ahead of most hybrid rocker boards. It’s got a nice confidence inspiring freestyle feel to it underfoot that has a little all mountain freestyle aftertaste. It’s a fun board for playing around the park most of the day but also it’s not going to be weird if you take it out on the mountain.
Turn Initiation: As I said in the video I love this turn initiation. The 156 bordered between medium and easy and it was quick enough when you need it but not too quick/easy to be boring. I was surprised on how much fun it was to make good mid to wide radius turns on the mountain. With the Evo it wasn’t any where near as rewarding. Back when all boards were camber even the softer boards were pretty fun to turn and this revisits that feeling without bringing back the catch of camber.
Flex: Nice soft playful rubbery med/soft flex but it’s also got some snap to it. Very fun to butter around the mountain and the extra camber makes less easy in a good way to flex it as well as get some return out of the tip/tail.
Edge Hold: Really solid edge hold. These are brand new edges and they held well. If you jib alot with the Funslinger then you will lose this grip but it held well over the hard patches I encountered in the early season snow I was riding in.
Powder: We had a powder day but were kind of afraid to take this off piste into the low tide powder zones but what little side lines we hit it felt like it floated better than we thought for this camber profile. I’d like to see something extra in the tip/tail because this is one of the only places where we liked the Evo over the Funslinger.
Carving: What a bonus here. That flatter profile and especially extra camber made this board a lot more fun than you would think for such a soft playful twin. I could really lay into a carve here. I’d get a nice flex into the carve and a nice spring out of it. It was great for laying into a carving turn regular, then switch, then a butter and then an ollie. Most people don’t care too much about a park ride that can carve but it’s a nice bonus that gives it more of an all mountain freestyle aftertaste. You didn’t have to get your knees out towards the tip/tail like you did with the Evo to keep it from washing. Instead you can make a knees together surfy carve and that’s a lot of fun for myself and many of our crew.
Speed: Not a bomber by any means but you know that going in. It did surprise me on how damp it was for the flex. Never Summer boards provide a more damp ride than other boards out there so what they rate low on dampness is pretty high compared to other boards of this flex and riding style. It also might be the extra camber in the Ripsaw Profile that gives the Never Summer Funslinger a more stable less chattery ride than the Evo. The tip and tail didn’t bounce like they do with the Evo and it’s standard Rocker & Camber profile.
Uneven Terrain: It’s not a chunder buster but if you have to negotiate a Saturday afternoon groomer that’s been torn up it’s no problem. It moves over and around bumpy tracky snow at slow speeds like water over rock and it doesn’t get cranky on ya and the bumps don’t reverberate up into your joints.
Switch: Asymmetrical boards like the Funslinger just make switch riding better than even true twins because the heel side is easier to turn. This is only true if you ride with a duck or very close to duck stance. The Asymmetrical side cuts actually make turning more symmetrical regular or switch but we really feel it switch because most of us aren’t as strong switch as we are regular. What we also love is that it’s asymmetrical without a Gumby tip/tail so you barely notice it’s asymmetrical which is cool. Even more cool is you can lean this up against a wall and it will stay there instead of fall to one side and possibly take a few boards out with it.
Jumps: It’s got lot’s of pop and it’s got lot’s of ollie powder. It’s also really great on the small early season kickers we came across. Our guess is it’s only weakness will be on really big kickers as I feel most might prefer a board with a little stiffer flex. Other than that it’s so forgiving and so perfect.
Jibbing: I’m not really a solid jibber but this board is and it’s a confidence booster. The flatter profile makes it easy to slide and Jimbo had a blast in the park.
Pipe: Pipes aren’t up but that extra camber seems like it would drive you through the flat and help you climb the wall pretty well. This isn’t as strong in the pipe as it is in the rest of the park but if you keep the edges sharp this isn’t a bad pipe board and it’s not bad for lapping the pipe.
So all in all this extra camber, flatter more stable design and asymmetrical tech make this a really fun park board that we’d like to own. I’d actually like to size down to a 153 and make it even more playful and parky.