I've been looking at a lot of topics on this forum, and a lot of you guys seem to be really knowledgeable about NeverSummer snowboards. However, I don't really know what each of the boards are specifically designed for. According to the website, the Premier F1 should be the best freeride/groomers board, but a lot of the people here say that all the other boards are great for this too. Is there any board in NeverSummer that is specifically better for groomers and such? I know that the answer is probably going to be either the Heritage, Raptor, or Premier, but I just want to be sure that I get what I want. I don't want to blow like $800 on a setup with a board that doesn't go with the terrain i ride
So what terrain do you ride? What mountain in what area of the country? Are you riding the steepest groomers on the mountain, the type that can only be groomed by a snowcat on a cable winch (or it will slide down the slope)?
I've been riding Never Summer boards since 2003, but have mainly stuck with the freestyle oriented models - Evo, multiple SLs and most recently a Proto CT. I do actually have a Summit as well (their tapered/setback powder model).
Compared to other brands... all of the boards in Never Summer lineup are pretty good at riding groomers. The SL is pretty fun on groomers, but I definitely suspect the Heritage or Premier are going to be even better with more dampening (soaks up the vibration an chop) and directional sidecut and flex pattern.
Video of my riding a 2009 SL 155, at the end (around 1:10) you can see that my carved tracks are deep enough to be clearly visible from the chairlift compared to everyone else's tracks.
Of course the best option would be to demo and decide for yourself (link to their demo tour
), or email/call Never Summer (firstname.lastname@example.org) just ask them