2015 Never Summer The Chairman - Review
After my NS Raptor review I was asked by Never Summer Industries to test drive and review their new board - The Chairman. And a few days ago one arrived.
I got a Chairman X 165, since I like wider boards to eliminate any potential booting out during carves.
This review will come in parts. This is just a preview.
One thing I love so far - stunning design. Check it out:
I rode it a few times so far. I rode it in soft snow, afternoon bumps/moguls and hardpack with icy patches.
I do have some thoughts about the board, but just want them to mature and I'll do a proper write up soon.
It's definitely a fun board to ride and carve.
Here's a short preview video:
Checked the Chairman out at SIA. Looks pretty sweet and I know Vince is stoked on it. If I ever get another resort day planned this season, going to try to borrow one for a spin.
Hey there, any chance you can hint at the preformance of this board so far? I think it gets around a 9 or 10 on the stiffness scale so I'm curious how it rides since it sounds like it is more forgiving than one would expect for a board so stiff.
Curious to hear what your thought are on this vs. the Raptor. I know this board is meant to replace both the Premier and Raptor. I'm a big fan of the Premier, but the Raptor wasn't my thing.
The Chairman - performance
The Chairman is definitely a more aggressive board than the Raptor. It is much closer to BX boards than previous models.
I find The Chairman to be quite a technical board.
There are some features known from earlier boards - like VPGS and extended RC Profile. When combined with really stiff flex and high damping they give some interesting results.
I find The Chairman super sensitive to fore/aft body position. Riding it feels like standing on a seesaw. If you're in the middle - the ride is smooth.
The moment you shift your weight fore or aft during the turn you feel the cambers engage and the board tightens the turn. All boards with variable sidecut do that, obviously, but it just seems to be amplified in The Chairman.
Not sure about forgiveness... it's rather aggressive. It does penalize you for your mistakes. At the same time it's easy to recover the edge in the turn. Which is almost as good as being forgiving.
The biggest drawback of the Raptor, which for me was the inadequate torsional stiffness, has been improved. The board rides at high inclination angles and stays smooth in the carve:
More on MeGustaSport - Never Summer The Chairman Snowboard Review - Part I - i'm still working on the final shape of the article...
I could be wrong on this one, but I think that The Chairman will be one of those love or hate boards. It's unique for sure.
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