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Never Summer Aura 2016-2019 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style All Mountain
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) Women's
Manufactured in USA by Never Summer
Shape Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Rocker
Stance Setback -20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Good
Base Glide
Carving Good
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Good
Jumps Great
Jibbing Average
Pipe Great
On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Semi-Easy

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Never Summer Aura 2019 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride

The Never Summer Aura is similar to the NS Men’s West and offers up a very similar ride. Just a touch more directional.  Other than a few very minor tweaks, not much has changed from the 2018 to the 2019 model. So the old review still stands.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average rider’s perspective.

Approximate Weight: Feels normal but very sturdy.

On Snow Feel: The Aura has a feel much different than the other hybrid rocker boards they call Rocker & Camber. It’s got a stable feel very similar to hybrid camber. But it still has that snap in the tip/tail that hybrid rocker has.  Actually, even more, snap thanks to the camber.  It’s much easier to one foot off the chair and flat base.  The overall feel just says stable.  It solves the stability problems that the Infinity and Raven have with their more mellow camber.

Powder: It doesn’t really have much float centered. But we think that if it’s set back all the way and it’s the right size, it could have float that isn’t too taxing on the back leg. When set all the way back you can get about 3.75″ back on board which is pretty good.

Carving: The NS Aura is really is fun to lay into a hard carve.  You can really feel that extra camber pop you out of a turn. It gives you that traditional camber resistance going into a turn that makes hard carving turns soo much fun.

Turning: Wide to Medium radius turns are really fun too make. Short radius turns don’t really engage the camber as much as wider turns, so they feel a little less springy compared to the rest. The Aura can skid a turn pretty easy in tight spots or when you need to slam on the breaks.  It’s still mainly for Advanced to expert riders. It’s much more forgiving than a traditional camber board when you are off your game and have to skid out a turn. Also, you can turn this board with a much more surfy stance and still have loads of stability.

Speed: Now even though the flex and dampness rating on the site says it’s more mellow the extra camber and stability between the feet make this board feel faster and more aggressive than you would think. It holds it’s speed well in flat sections if it’s well waxed and it’s very “bomb a big hill” friendly.

Uneven Terrain: A real champ here and great for people that have to ride all day on a crowded Saturday.

Edge Hold: It’s got a good hold but it’s more on the bottom end of the hard rating.

Flex: Now the flex isn’t that strong but it could be argued that with the extra camber in the tip/tail makes for a board that takes more to butter and press. Our girls didn’t find it too easy to butter.  It took some effort and acted like a camber board does so if you are a stronger rider you might like that as it does have some nice snap after you exit the butter.

Switch: Much more doable than you would think for what they call a directional board.  When centered up it’s not perfect either way but very easy to get used to riding switch.

Jibbing: No thanks.

Pipe: Fun pipe board and it has a pretty good feel wall to wall.

Jumps: That extra camber and stable feel make the Never Summer Aura pop well on an ollie or nollie.  It’s also fun for kickers of any size. If you like to go big or just want a more stable approach for going medium or small the Aura is really good here.  It’s not as forgiving as the other NS boards if you are spinning as it can catch an edge easier but it can help you not land on your ass if you land more on the tail of the board thanks to the extra camber.

Overall: We are very impressed with the Never Summer Aura and find it to be a great all mountain ride.  The extra camber gives so much more spring in a turn and stability and solves the issues we had with their older rocker and camber profile ride.

 
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