Um, yes you can, do you actually snowboard? If his board really is a weak noodle (like the guy in the shop said by "feeling it") you can tell right away compared to a well built board... if you think you can't tell the difference between a Never Summer and a noodle board by handling it, maybe you should do a few more demo days
Thanks man- the guy didn't really describe it as a noodle- just more of a powder/backcountry board (which it probably is) that is more well suited for a lighter rider.
Venture is one hell of a board, I have spoken to a few guys that have them ,and they all say good things about it.
Also consider a Salomon Burner.
You can't go wrong with Never Summer.
I'm glad to hear some personal thoughts on Venture.
Now with regards to Never Summer...my understanding was that they used to be local (Colorado), and now they're made in China? Is that right, or am I smoking something? Does it matter even? Do you think their boards would be wide enough?
Finally- any thoughts on the binding straps?