2006 164cm Head Defiance board
Old ('98?) Vans Lemmings boots (size 12)
2006 Ride Delta bindings
2012 Never Summer Heritage board
2011 Nitro Team TLS boots (size 10.5)
I was fortunate to pick up a 2012 Never Summer Heritage a couple of weeks ago. I took it out riding here in Utah last weekend. I haven't really ridden many other boards at all, so this may be less of a "review" and more of a "listen-to-me-talk-about-my-new-board" post. Sorry.
One thing I can say, however, is that I love the board. In the past, I have only owned more budget-friendly boards. As a teenager in the late 90s, I rode House brand boards (The House Burton Snowboards, Snowboard Boots, Bindings, Jackets, Pants, Clothing, K2, Ride, DC, Holden, Bonfire
) and the last few years I have ridden a Head Defiance board. My point is that I am making a pretty dramatic jump up to the Never Summer, so maybe I would love any quality board at this point
I also got some stiffer boots that actually fit me.
Here are some things I immediately noticed about the board:
- Strapping in at home, the board had more flex than I expected. Pretty sure it is more flexible than my Head board. Not sure about torsional flex.
- I found myself suddenly going faster than I thought I was going when getting into hairy terrain.
- Have to try really hard to catch an edge
Regarding the difficulty to catch an edge, I was able to literally wave the board side to side while standing flat on it without catch an edge. I wasn't used to being able to do this. I thought it was pretty neat.
I also found myself able to ride switch almost half-decently for the first time. I think a lot of this had to do with not catching an edge easily. A few times while switching back and forth I felt like I should have gone down but didn't. One thing I did notice while riding switch (where I have less control) is that my turns would easily spin me around as if I was heading back up the hill. I could see this board going where it wants to if the rider doesn't control it.
I believe the board had a lot more stable landings and more pop that my previous boards. For really the first time I was able to get off the ground and make some solid landings. This was super exciting for me. I was trying to hit any jump I could find on the way down. I hit a jump and got a little more air than I expected, and the board almost felt like it landed itself.
I didn't find it any noticeably lighter or heavier than my previous board.
Carving through rougher terrain, control-wise, almost felt like carving on a groomed trail. I could feel the choppy terrain below me, but it didn't bother me because I always felt in control.
Edge-to-edge was pretty amazing. I could link turns as tightly as I wanted to without much effort.
I could see it not being so great in icy conditions; it seemed to grip a *little* less than expected on packed snow.
No park action.