|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Never Summer|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Never Summer West Bound 2020 - 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Never Summer West Bound is a late release for 2019 and is going into full production for 2020. While it can feel a bit too loose in harder snow it really shines as a hard off the back foot carver and has a very fun/slashy personality in the powder that can work with a wide variety of riders.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo.
Conditions: Some good groomers, some pretty hard micro bumps on nasty groomers and then some really good powder (1.5-2 feet) on an early morning slackountry run with Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs),,Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Falcor
Set Up: Set all the way back and on reference stance 22” 21 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: Right in the middle of normal.
Flex/Buttering: Feels like they say. On the medium side of medium/stiff. That being said on snow the Never Summer West Bound butters pretty easy off the nose and even though the tail is a little more work it’s still very doable. You can feel a little give from the nose/tail and also some from the middle where the rocker is.
Sizing: The 157 felt about right for me and my specs but I think I could probably have a time with the 160 too. Grant, with his size 11’s, would be happier on the 161x.
On Snow Feel: The camber profile of the Never Summer West Bound is like the other Shaper Series boards. There is a pretty aggressive camber on the tail like their ripsaw camber profile, rocker in the middle and then a very mellow camber in the front end transitioning to rocker before the nose. Like all NS boards, the tip and tail are off the snow so it’s a very forgiving board for just about anyone. It does not track that well in harder snow and feels a little loose/auto spinny but as the snow gets softer it starts to track pretty well. It feels like it wants to ride off the tail more and the stance location feels less washy.
Edge Hold: Same old good NS grip that can do pretty well in harder snow but doesn’t grab at all in soft snow.
Turn Initiation: Pretty fast for me and it got where I needed it when I needed it. I would have no issues in a steep chute or in a tight tree line. For Grant with his big boots, it was too fast but he needed to be on the 161x.
Turning Experience: The Never Summer West Bound is a fun board to turn and it loves a little more weight on the tail but it has a fun turning experience. Everything from short radius turns to wide radius turns is consistently fun.
Carving: With some extra weight on the back foot the Never Summer West Bound carves hard and you really feel that camber on the tail.
Skidded Turns: Very easy to skid turns and pretty much anyone can ride this board. It’s always good to have a board that can ride mellow if you want it to but doesn’t fall apart on you if you want to go bigger or ride in a more technical manner.
Powder: Very good directional float when setting it all the way back. At a 21.75″ stance width you can get a 4″ difference between nose and tail and have a 2″ set back on board. That combined with the little bit of taper in the tail, a bigger nose and then the mellow elliptical camber profile in the front transitioning to early rise before the nose you have a good floater. It was very competent in the powder I had it in. I didn’t feel like I needed to work hard at all on the back foot as you do with some boards in the deeper stuff.
Speed: The Never Summer West Bound might be loose between the feet but it doesn’t chatter as much thanks to all the dampening properties you have in the board. As long as the edge is set and it’s not sitting flat you can bomb with this pretty well.
Uneven Terrain: Never Summer is one of the best in the business when it comes to uneven snow of all kinds. It can weave in and out of bumps quickly but also power over chunder really well. When it’s a messy day on the hill I’d love to be on the Never Summer West Bound.
Switch: Very doable when you are more centered on the board but far from a Proto Type Two.
Jumps: The Never Summer West Bound has a lot of pop off the tail and even though it feels kind of rubbery it really pops off the tail.
Jibbing: We’d all much rather be on the Funslinger.
Pipe: I had a couple of runs in the pipe with this board and it was really fun. It is forgiving and had a good drive from wall to wall. Not ideal for those that rip pipe and often ride switch but it’s fine for mellow pipe riders like myself that just get in there to carve the walls to better riders that like to get out but don’t ride switch much.
So overall, The Never Summer West Bound is a really fun, forgiving mostly directional ride for anyone that want’s something much more set back than the Shaper Twin and more directional/tapered than the West but a little more mellow than the Chairman. It’s the kind of Freeride board that works with a wide variety of riding styles and ability levels that we find an easy board to recommend.
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