The Never Summer Swift is a huge improvement over the old Summit and we like this ride much better. It’s got a very easy float to it and it’s very durable. It can also hang pretty well on groomers which is great because not every turn can be in powder. Nothings changed from 2016 to 2017.
Conditions: 1.5-2.5 Feet of pretty good early season Sierra Powder. One day of Groomers.
Riders: James and Jack
Boots: Burton Imperial
Bindings: Burton Diode
Set Up: 23″ wide
Approximate Weight: Felt Normal
On Snow Feel: Very much like other Rocker & Camber profile NS boards except a little more surfy and tapered. Feels a little loose between the feet but not terrible to one foot or flat base.
Powder:This is what the Swift is made for and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a pretty wide board for a normal footed rider but it still turns pretty quick. A regular footed rider will get more of a sit on top of the snow kind of feel that turns relatively quick but a mid/wide rider will get a pretty quick slashy ride. So take this from the perspective of a size 9 boot. Floats like a champ though and that flat transition really helps keep the boards nose up in thicker snow like we get out in the Sierras. Also there is a massive set back on side cut (2.5″) as well as on board (4″) so there is lot’s of nose up. It would take a lot of work to sink it and it’s got a good cruising feel to it in the deep stuff.
Turn Initiation: Not super quick but my size 9 boots could turn it in the trees. So could Jacks size 8.5. It’s the kind of board that isn’t super fast but also isn’t super slow. Just kind of in the middle. I think we both preferred turning the Never Summer Swift in more open areas where we could enjoy the easy float. Edge to edge on Groomers is pretty easy too.
Skidded Turns: It’s very easy to skid your turns and the Swift won’t let you down if you get out of control and need to skid out into a stop.
Carving: When I had some groomers on the way back to the chair it was better than I thought when it comes to laying out into a turn. Nothing to write home about but it’s got enough going on to entertain you on a groomer day after it dumps for sure. You would think this much taper might wash out but it didn’t.
Speed: Pretty fast but there was a little bit of flop here and there in the nose. Nothing bad at all and it’s pretty damp.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty easy in the bumps and tracked up end of the day snow. Never summer just does a great job with all their dampening systems.
Edge Hold: Very good edge hold and even though there were only a few hard patches the board gripped well. It’s got enough grip for hard snow and isn’t grabby in thicker Sierra snow we ride in.
Flex: Pretty stiff but easy to butter off the tail.
Switch: didn’t even try it with that swallow tail nose. It just said no.
So all in all it’s a good powder board that has a nice cruzy ride to it, some decent pop off the tail and a very easy float that will appeal to a lot of riders. There are so many good powder boards out there these days and it’s hard to go wrong when it’s perfect and deep. However what makes the Never Summer Swift more recommendable for resort riding is how well it can handle all the varied terrain you often have to endure on the way to a clean deep line.