Not to threadjack, but just recieved my 159 Ripsaw, and figured I would give you my thoughts as well.
I am 5'10, 202 lbs.
Been snowboarding since '89. I ride pretty much all the resort runs from Green through Blacks. Will ride the small, to medium boxes at times, but 90% of my time is spent charging all mountain.
Current board (besides Ripsaw) 2012-13 Heritage 162.
Flow Drifer 158(hated this board)
Burton Hero 158 (v-Rocker)
Burton Custom 158 (camber)
Burton Baron 160
Couple old burton boards (Asym-air, Twisted, Craig Kelly) All Camber
1/7/2014 Keystone Front Mountain, North Peak about 12 runs total. Packed powder conditions in the morning, icy spots on the steeper stuff mid day.
Bindings/Boots - 2012 Flow NXT-AT, Salomon Synapse Boots
Let me start by saying my Heritage is my favorite board I have ever owned, and any direct comparison will be to that board. I wanted to check out the Rip Saw, because I always liked Camber boards, and liking the Heritage, I figured I would see what Never Summer was trying to do.
Unboxing it, you are immediately greeted by the usual high quality you would expect from Never Summer, and I expect this board will hold up very well. I really like the look of the board, and having spent much of my life in construction like the "Rip Saw" name. I know I am probably alone in that, but to me it seems rugged.
First impression on first ride was that it seemed stiffer than the heritage, not just lengthwise (Butters), but also torsionally between the feet. This may be attributed to the shorter length than I am now used to, but it was something I noticed right away. (I see that the Rip Saw is rated a 7 for flex as opposed to the Heritages 6, but the difference seemed greater than what I would have guessed was 1 point). Oh, and also that the board is not going to win any awards for being lightweight. While I did not weigh it, it actually seemed kind of heavy. That heavy feeling goes away as soon as you start riding, but I am just mentioning what I remember.
The board was very playful, and definitely exhibited more pop than the Heritage. You would expect that with the increased Camber, and it did not disappoint. It transitioned quickly from edge to edge, and turned smoothly. There was no hint of catching edges for me, until the very end of the day when I was tired, and getting lazy. On one run while cruising a flat area, I felt the tail tug a little, as it caught it's rear edge. Nothing violent, and easily correctable, but it was there. That was the only time I ever felt anything like this, and as I said I was being lazy, and just cruising pretty flat at that point. By contrast, I know I would not have had that tug with the Heritage. The different bottom profiles allows me to sometimes be lazy, with little fear of repercussion.
Now for the best part, this board likes to move. It handled speed very well even transitioning through the changing, end of the day, soft chop, and ice of River Run. It holds an edge incredibly well, and has enough damping so you do not feel pretty moderate chop. While I did not measure the speed, of course, it went as fast as I could go without a hint of washout, or any instability at all. The board breeds confidence, it literally just carves into the mountain. If there is any one thing I took away from this first day ride it is that this board sticks. Just point it where you want it to go, and it will get you there.
Overall, I really liked this board, though in the end, I can't say it has supplanted my Heritage as best board. It is different for sure. I think the Heritage is easier to ride, and maybe more versatile, though I can't pinpoint why I feel that way yet. The Rip Saw is an impressive board for sure, and in time I may find I prefer the carving ability I perceived during this first outing. I will add to this as I go, but color me impressed with the Rip Saw as a start.
Last edited by chrisg19; 01-08-2014 at 12:56 PM.