Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Denver, CO USA Earth
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Never Summer Demo - My Thoughts and Reviews!!
This past weekend was the first of a few of demo's I want to attend in Colorado. I packed all my gear (- board) and headed for the Dino lot to meet a buddy early Saturday morning. After being solicited in the parking lot (again) and still not wanting to read "Watchtower" I packed my crap in his German penis extension Audi and headed to the Never Summer demo at Loveland.
We arrived swiftly with not much of a crowd in the lot and a decent parking spot. I started getting ready to hit the hill and had a slight equipment failure with my boot. With no knife to be found I quickly took a lighter to the speed laces on my Northwave boot and made some "modifications!" I wasn't going to let some POS broken string ruin my demo day, no! Off we went to the 2 black "Never Summer" EZ-Up's!
With a freshly shaven face and "porn star" mustache I arrived at the tents ready to roll. I showed up with just a pair of last seasons Forum Republic bindings that have like 40+ days on them and still look like new. The NS guys thought it was pretty funny and laughed at me. Then it was time for some quick paperwork. Name, addy, phone, mothers underwear size, dogs name, girlfriends bra size etc... After leaving my John Hancock as well as my Visa and an ID I was ready to take my pick at the first board of the day. I was stoked to try all the boards in R/C now after riding my Evo-R last season. On to the boards!
[*Note - This is all in my opinion. I am not a pro snowboarder and work a normal job struggling to get days off to ride like most people here. I don't work for Never Summer and only have 2 NS boards out of 10+. I am 6' 180 lbs 28yrs old and not made of rubber anymore unfortunately! I ride regular stance 23" and 15/-15. All boards were ridden this way. I rode the Evo-R and Circuit-R centered and all other boards based on the offset of the inserts. I did not ride a Titan but have before and there was no change this year to it. It's just not a board I would ever really find myself on for what I like to do now.]
09/10 Never Summer Evo-R - 155
I have an Evo-R from last year in a 158 and have rode my buddies 155 plenty so I am pretty use to the board. They mounted up the bindings and handed it over. A nice shiny purple one with a neon green base, lol. The first thing I noticed is it felt a little lighter then last years. Maybe it's just me? Anyways off to the slopes. Right off the lift I noticed it definitely had a fesh wax job. The board also looked brand new as this was the first demo. Strapped in and took off!! Pressed it right out of the gate and it felt a little softer then last years in the middle, hmm. After a few runs I was convinced it has changed internally somehow. Not much but if you rode one for a year you would notice. The board performed as expected. Super fun to play around on. Not catchy and still stable enough at moderate speed. Bombing down a steep hill is a little sketch but it's manageable and after all it's an Evo!!! It's light on damping ability but no ramen noodle. The vario grip sidecut is something I really like and the 09/10 Evo-R lays over and carves great for a frestyle board. The tip/tail still has the double carbon V's and provided plenty of pop for me when needed. The R/C is super forgiving but always feels fine when jumping to me compared to other "alternative camber" boards. The current Evo-R is the same in that aspect and lands smooth. I am pretty familiar with this board and definitely liked the current one! Was it better then last years? I thought so. Some say it's the same but it felt a tad softer between the binders and it felt better to me. Seemed to fit the board better and was just a blast to play on!
09/10 Never Summer Circuit-R - 155
I wanted to ride the 155 SL-R next but it was out. So I scanned the board inventory and decided to try out the new Circuit to see what it's all about! Definitely lighter then the Evo-R, nice. As I rode off the lift I was stoked to go hard in the backseat and see what it would do. It felt as expected and was softer all around then the Evo. It pressed super easy and I could really hold it well too. Felt a little soggy, No carbon here! I brought it down lazy and hooked an edge looking back for my friend like a dumbass..lol. After a run or 2 I was use to it and I felt fine on it and could ride it anywhere. It may not be the most stable and will give you the jitters a bit but for 400 bucks you can't beat it for a "park/jibby" board. While I was riding it I got sprayed in the face by a skiier waiting on the side of the run for my friend. I tried to chase him down and it was just not the right board for a yard sale assault! After that run-in I took it back. MUCH better then the System Never Summer!!!
09/10 Never Summer Premier F1-R - 159
Damn SL-R's are still all out. They must be super awesome, right? So I spot the Premier F1-R with it's slightly pointed tail just sitting, screaming, "ride me!" You know like the Vivid girls on a Sims Fader. This is a board I have been looking forward to try ever since I saw they were going to make it in R/C. I have rode Premier's before and they have never disappointed me for a mountain cruising missile assault. So with the same Republic's mounted up I was off on a mission to find that douchebag skiier, hehe. First thing I noticed is how light the board was. I mean come on it's not an Evo or a Circuit but any of you that have had Never Summer boards knows what a tank some of them can be. The previous Premier's were not the most nimble or light weight but they were indestructible! I was shocked and strapped in for a ride. The board was awesome! Already riding/owning an Evo it was definitely my favorite of the line for this year. The board was super fast and stable through some gnarly chop. It would lay a track in the snow just like the euro carving speed suit wearing fools at A-Basin! Poppy and responsive as expected and felt way more forgiving then any other Premier. I tail pressed it at speed and it was fine and came right up. This was a lot more of a chore on the cambered variety. Shot off the side of a run to find something fresh and popped back on. Jumped great and landed smooth as 21 year old's tramp stamp peach fuzz!! I didn't want to take it back. Oh and BTW while I was riding this my buddy (who is a dude) rode the Lotus which was hilarious. Time for a lunch break.....