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Old 08-20-2009, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 09-10 Never Summer Evo or SL

Hey guys,

From Australia here and I won't get to try any boards before I buy but I've cut it down to getting either one of these boards. Previously I've been more of an all-mountain rider but I just recently started getting more into jumps/ollies, presses/buttering etc and am wondering which board would better suit my needs.

From what I hear the Evo has softened up from last year's board while the SL seems pretty much the same. The perfect board for me would be a forgivable flex for buttering while still being able to handle the steeper runs. I'm leaning towards the Evo at the moment but want to make sure I can still use it for the rest of the mountain? I'm 5"11 200 pounds and wondering if the 158 Evo would suit (or maybe the 155 SL...)?

I've searched the net but have only found 1 or 2 reviews on either of the 09-10 models, anyone here have any experience?

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Old 08-20-2009, 05:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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From what I have heard the Evo is more of a noodle this year then previous. It's previous non noodleness helped it shine all over. If you are just getting into more park/freestyle you would be fine on an SL-R. The Evo-R would work too but would not be as damping or take the chop as well as the SL-R. I have rode both the Evo-R and SL-R in the 08/09 model year. The SL def feels better hauling ass (although I dont mind charging the evo) but the Evo will lock into presses, rails etc... The SL-R is probably a better board for your needs but either would work.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Paulage, I actually work for NS and the Evo has the same flex as it did last year. There was a misprint in last years catalog that the Evo was stiffer than the SL. When actually the SL is slightly stiffer. This years catalog is correct. For your weight I would lean toward the SL. It would be a little better all mountain board with the set back and still a really good freestyle board.
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^ Good to know!
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I gotta agree with the chop thing, all my buddies are stuck riding on the groomed part later in the day and i just bomb and cut back and forth across all the choppy areas with my SL-R ...its great.
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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do NS have any demo places at winterpark or jackson hole
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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do NS have any demo places at winterpark or jackson hole
I can't answer that but last year Echo Mountain had a ton of Never Summer demo boards available...They sold them off so I assume they will have them again.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Im always sad that NS never comes out to Oregon for Demos..

I mean i understand the management at Mt Hood Meadows are total douchebags, but the riders still love you!
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Evo-R first impressions

Iím only half a season on board so count me newby. Anyway I wanted to get a good stick to progress on further. I was split between Evo-R and SL-R and already decided to get new 2010 SL-R 155cm (2010 Ďcause there were no 08/09 NS boards left in the city).
But I was damn lucky! Got 08/09 NS Evo-R 153cm with 40% price cut!!!

Yesterday Iíve finally managed to get at indoor slope to try it. There were no buttering, ollies and other freestyle stuff. But there was a lot of joy and happiness! I fell.. second time.. and once again.. every time after the fall I become more and more in love with this stick! It can far more then I do. It got potential and I like it! Itís great for all-mt, it handles speed, but later on when I go park I know it kills it too with ease (the only limit Ė is my skill) Ė and thatís make it rad.

Btw, Iím 5í7Ē 140 with 9US boot. For 200 pounds it's wise to go for more stiff SL-R. But shorter then Evo that can handle you.

PS NS Ė youíve made me happy, I thank you for it!
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'd say it depends on how bad/quick you want to learn park stuff. If its really bad, then the EVO. Its easier to handle in the park since its softer... easier to press and more forgiving. If you just want to broaden you range of terrain, then the SL. It might be a little harder to learn park with it but it will handle the rest of the mountain a little better than the EVO.

Regardless, you'll be happy with either.
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