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Never Summer Warlock Reviewed

When I was in the market for a new freestyle deck I was really curious about the Never Summer Warlock, mainly because I really dug the shape, blackout, and the embossed skull and crossbones. I know..

I recently got a chance to demo the 2017, conditions weren't great but I'm getting pretty familiar with the Never Summer line so I think I have a good read on the Warlock despite the slush. The 2018 does not contain any changes in tech or profile.

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Height: 6'1"
Weight: 225 lb
Stance: Regular, 24", 15/-15
Bindings: Burton Cartel

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Size:156x (wide)
Shape: True Twin, Original Rocker Camber profile

Conditions: Bluebird, 50f/10c, mashed potato snow



A few key words came to mind when I was riding the Warlock: Predictable and stable. These are good atttributes to have in a board you intend to use for jumps, which is where I think the Warlock edges out it's freestyle brother- the Never Summer Funslinger.

The true twin shape is symmetrical, so heel side turns initiate as expected. While it's billed being as soft and snappy as the Funslinger, I found that it plowed through crud with a smoother and surfier feel than the other board. The Warlock is perfectly capable on rails and boxes, but that apparent dampness meant that the Warlock doesn't have that locked in feel that I've grown to love on the Funslinger.

Full disclosure on my jump commentary: My jumps are limited to small to medium jumps, no more than 10-12 feet.

Because the Warlock doesn't have an asymm side cut, it's easy to enter a jump line without a lot of micro checks and aligning. The Warlock had pop off the lip and landings were super stable. If you've ridden Never Summer's SL then you have a good indication of what the Warlock's about because it really felt like a softer version of that board to me.

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The Warlock rides like a softer version of the Snowtrooper/SL. She's surfy through crud and doesn't tax your legs on choppy snow. Choose the Warlock over the Funslinger if you like those boards but want something softer and meaner looking, if you dislike the learning curve that comes with an assymmetrical side cut, and if your riding is cruising and jumping oriented. Choose the Funslinger over the Warlock if you want a snappier ride, and if your riding is carve and jib oriented.
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Didn't you get a funslinger? Which do you like better for buttering?

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Even though they're both at the softest rating of the NS lineup, I liked the Funslinger better for butters. The Warlock seemed to be more consistent with flex throughout the length of the board while the Funslinger felt like that stiffness was more isolated in the tip and tail- leaving the middle softer for those presses.

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Even though they're both at the softest rating of the NS lineup, I liked the Funslinger better for butters. The Warlock seemed to be more consistent with flex throughout the length of the board while the Funslinger felt like that stiffness was more isolated in the tip and tail- leaving the middle softer for those presses.
I read that the warlock was better for jumps and such which is also what I'm interested in. Did you still have fun buttering on the warlock regardless?

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Yeah, the softness and that RC profile make buttering just fine on the Warlock, it's just hard to compare the stupid amount of air I get under the nose when I butter the Funslinger.

After riding both I get why the Warlock is considered jump-oriented, it's more consistent and predictable. A friend told me that they were really taken aback by the asym of the Funslinger and didn't care for lining up hits with it. I was fine, but I can see where they're coming from.
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Yeah, the softness and that RC profile make buttering just fine on the Warlock, it's just hard to compare the stupid amount of air I get under the nose when I butter the Funslinger.

After riding both I get why the Warlock is considered jump-oriented, it's more consistent and predictable. A friend told me that they were really taken aback by the asym of the Funslinger and didn't care for lining up hits with it. I was fine, but I can see where they're coming from.
I am currently learning to do jumps and after I got on the warlock I felt exactly what you described. Jumping off and landing were way more predictable and I felt a lot more confident doing so. Also the first time I tried to do a butter I almost fell on my ass because of how much easier it was compared to the proto t2.

Anyway. Sold my proto t2 and bought a warlock and twenty five on clearance for 40% off. Don't even have to look back, so happy with my decision.
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