|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Never Summer|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Never Summer Swift 2019 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride
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.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Conditions: 1.5-2.5 Feet of pretty good early season Sierra Powder. One day of Groomers. We also had some early morning slackountry time in about 2′ of good Mt. Bachelor powder with Drift Boards (updated review coming soon) and some good groomers to test it’s carving potential.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jack
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Imperial
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Falcor, Burton Diode
Set Up: 23″ wide 15 front -6 back. 21.75″ wide, 21 front -6 back.
Not much has changed from the 2016 to 2019 Never Summer Swift so the older review still stands. Even though the older models were called Original Rocker and Camber they were actually what’s now called Fusion Rocker Camber
Approximate Weight: Felt Normal
Flex/Buttering: Pretty stiff but easy to butter off the tail.
Sizing: the 157 felt a little slow but overall pretty good to Jack and me with our size 9’s. Even though it’s on the wider size I wouldn’t go much over 11 as it seems like it likes to be ridden a little wider than normal to get a little more float going.
On Snow Feel: Very much like other Rocker & Camber profile NS boards except a little surfier and tapered. Feels a little loose between the feet but not terrible to one foot or flat base. It’s very easy to skid turns if you get off your line or come across unexpected terrain that requires you to stop in a hurry.
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 board’s nose up in the thicker snow like we get out in the Sierras. Also, there is a massive set back on sidecut (2.5″) and a decent but not great set back on board on board (4″). It would take a lot of work to sink it and it’s got a good cruising feel to it in the deep stuff. I’ve now had this in dry light Eastern Cascade’s snow and it had such a good feel to it. Really sat on top of the powder and slashed well.
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.
Turning Experience: To us, this isn’t just a powder board and it’s more of a board that rips powder but doesn’t fall apart on groomers when it comes to turning. If you keep a bit of weight off the back foot like you would on a surfboard the Never Summer Swift really turns well.
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. It didn’t blow my mind but then a few years later I got on this again and the Never Summer Swift was super fun to lay some back foot heavy carves and both Peter and I were super impressed at what it could do even compared to some mostly camber rides.
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 the end of the day snow. Never summer just does a great job with all their dampening systems. We did find it to be a little too loose and bouncy in really tracked up messy powder compared to other boards we were riding that day. It really brings out the rocker in the board and it just doesn’t help you drive through it like some boards can. In other conditions, it feels damp and it handles hard groomers with micro bumps like a champ.
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.
Switch: didn’t even try it with that swallowtail nose. It just said no.
So, all in all, it’s a strong powder board that has a nice cruisey 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 surfy rides out there these days and it’s hard to go wrong with many of them. 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. Also when the powder is gone you don’t have to put this board on the shelf. It likes groomer riding too.
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Fun but limited
I'm an East coaster and I bought this board for my trips to Jay peak. And the few local dumps that we get. It is super fun when its deep, but I rode it 85 percent of last year as my groomer board. I would switch to my coda or westmark when it got icy and shitty. Definitely washy in icy conditions. I did have it up past 50 mph in good conditions. Really fun in chopped up soft snow and spring conditions and of course the deep.