- Soft and Buttery
- Great Pop
- Very Turny/Slashy
- Loose And Auto Spinny
- Middle can flex too much in uneven snow
SummaryThe Never Summer Harpoon has that trendy semi-wide semi-short super directional shape but with a very soft play flex that matches up with many riders. We mainly got this in good powder but will hopefully get more groomer time when the resorts open again.
Update 2023: The Never Summer Harpoon hasn't changed so this 2021 review still stands.
|Beginner - Expert
|Fits Boot size (US)
|< 8, 8-10, 10-12
|USA by Never Summer
|Setback over 20mm
|On Snow Feel
Never Summer Harpoon Snowboard Written Review Review by The Good Ride
Welcome to the Never Summer Harpoon Snowboard Review from average but very knowledgeable and objective riders.
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A Break Down of How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo.
Conditions: We had mostly slackountry time with Drift Boards during Covid-19 and scored some pretty good PNW Powder but then had a little groomer time late spring in messy warm conditions when the resorts opened up for a few days before close.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, F.I.T. Gameghangers Low Profile , F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Contact Pro/Union Superpro,
Set-Up: 21” Wide. 21 front -3 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.
Stay close to the Never Summer Harpoon’s weight recommendations. Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The Never Summer Harpoon has a little shorter/wider tapered directional shape with a lot going on in the camber profile. It starts with their more pronounced ripsaw camber profile in the tail, rocker between the feet and a mellow elliptical camber in the nose with maybe a mellow transition into early rise before the nose. It makes for a pretty loose/auto spinny ride especially when one footing or flat basing. That being said it is very forgiving and super easy to skid turns with. Its personality can change in many ways depending on where your weight is on the board. It can be a lot of fun riding it different ways but we found it the most fun for ourselves with most of our weight on that back foot over all that camber.
Never summer made the Harpoon with a medium soft middle that goes to medium or almost medium stiff over the camber in the tip/tail. It makes for a board that bends easy between the feet and is super easy to butter. What was really fun is how the tip/tail snap on an ollie or help you pop out of a butter. So where you don’t get the stability of most hybrid camber rides you get more pop/energy in the tip/tail.
Not a bomber. The Never Summer Harpoon is not going to be the first or 10th choice for bombing. That is not what this board is for. They market this as a competitor to the Lib Tech Orca. They share a similar shape and camber profile but the Harpoon just doesn’t bomb like the Orca. The Orca doesn’t butter and play around like the Harpoon though so they each have different strengths.
The Never Summer Harpoon has that legendary NS dampness in their core technology that makes for such a good board for absorbing that microbumpy nasty uneven snow we encountered in late spring while still not being too stiff and keeping a poppy feel underfoot. That being said it doesn’t power over chunder super well mainly because of the softer flex in the middle. It can bend too much if you are caught with your weight centered or with a little more on the front foot. What happens is it seems to sap the boards forward momentum and doesn’t drive through bumpy messy turns like some competitors can. It likes to be ridden on the back foot in those situations and then it handles things better.
Never summer always does a good job with edge hold. It has a very subtle disruption throughout the sidecut that helps keep the edge holding in that snowment you often see on the mountain when riding. It isn’t an ice specialist but rides well enough in most snow we want to ride.
Pretty quick edge to edge and the Never Summer Harpoon does not feel as wide as it is on the specs. It is perfect for weaving around bumps, trees or navigating through tight spots knowing it will turn when you want it to without much effort.
With Covid-19 our groomer time was limited to some pretty bad spring groomers that did not lend well to carving so we’ll have to see. Based on our experience with all the other NS boards we tried with similar camber profiles (almost all of them) they drive really well through a hard carve with sufficient weight on the back foot over that healthy bow of camber.
Such an easy floater. With a set back from center of board of 3.5” with a 20.75 Stance width it has really good directional float. Then you have the 13mm or so of taper along with the big nose it floats almost as well as the Swift. Not quite as good but close.
So not ideal switch but what a fun to butter and play around with. We wouldn’t hesitate to hit the park with this ride. Even though it is so directional it still has such an easy flex that both Peter and I would hit a jib or two with it, ride some pipe and hit some small to medium sized kickers.
So this is a unique board in the sense that it has such a playful forgiving flex compared to most of its alternative freeride counterparts. It is a great board for an intermediate rider that wants a forgiving back footed/alt/freeride/surfy kind of ride. It works just as well for an expert who wants that directional feel but likes to butter and not be on his game all day every day like some mostly camber rides demand of you.
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