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some 2011 gear reviews
So I got the chance to demo some 2011 gear this past week.
Neversummer Evo 155
Neversummer SL 155
Lib Tech Skate Banana 154
DC MLF Ikka Backstrom 155
Ride Machete 158
Ride DH2 153
First off, my riding style is 70 ripping and 30 park. So I do prefer a mid-stiff deck that's able to charge for the occasional trip into the park.
This is the order of which I liked them.
1. Ride Machete
Lowrize rocker on this baby is amazing. For a second I didn't know if I was riding a cambered board? It doesn't ride at all like a rockered deck! it has incredible edge hold. This board is just so fast and it's complimented with the slimewalls do an excellent job dampening the ride when you are ripping it. It's also very quick edge to edge. I rode the 158cm and it didn't even ride like a 58! Pop is awesome for a rockered board. I totally recommend this board.. i think it's THAT good.
2. Neversummer Evo
This is a fun soft play around day board. I probably wouldn't get this if it was my only deck because it's just too chattery at speeds. But where it excels is buttery goodness! you can just spin and spin and spin. It rides similar to a rockered board but at the same time it's not as surfy(like a skate banana). It's got decent pop for a rockered deck and the camber at the nose and tail help with the landings.
3. Neversummer SL
This is your all moutain slayer. INCREDIBLE edge hold with the Vario Power grip sidecut! awesome dampening! soft enough to butter but you will need to put in a bit more effort compared to the Evo. This board is also very fast. Also with rocker+camber like the Evo it's surfy but definitely not like a skate banana! You basically feel more in control when ripping it down!
4. DC MLF Ikka
Another all mountain deck. I didn't find too special. It has great pop. dampening is quite good. edge hold was decent, nothing too special. you can definitely rip it though with this deck. It's a mid-stiff deck.
5. Lib Tech Skate Banana
Ahh, the Skate Banana. If you've never ridden one, I suggest you try it. it rides like a surfboard. It's also less chattery than the Neversummer Evo. So this deck can definitely ride outside the park if you want. pop was just ok, but landings are pretty sketchy. Magnetraction also helps increase the edge hold.
6. Ride DH2
I didn't find this deck too special. The edge hold was definitely not as strong as the Machete. Board would just seem to slide for a bit until the edge finally decides to bite down. Probably because of the smaller size. However, it was very quick edge to edge. good pop. I didn't find this deck too interesting.
Neversummer now has camber+rocker on the entire line-up. The Titan Raptor. It looks sick. My friend rode it and said it's a missile and carves like a samurai sword through turkey!
"I live my life a quarter-mile at a time, for those 10 seconds or less... i'm free."
11 Never Summer Heritage 158, 08 Rome Targa
10 Never Summer Premier F1-R 159
08 Nitro Eero Ettala 155, 07 Rome 390
07 Capita Outdoor Living 154
Cervelo Soloist Carbon Ultegra
Last edited by bluetroll; 02-10-2010 at 05:47 PM.